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Video: Amending Soil for a Paver Feature

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

CONCORD — Host, Sarah Rutan: Before installing a paver feature on your property, you’ll need to assess the underlying soil and make any necessary amendments. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Itamar M. Junior of Atlas Pavers Company to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Itamar M. Junior: What to do when you find clay soil or spongy soil doing paver installation. First thing you need to do is remove that soil that is bad, and it’s moving – it’s shifting completely, until you find the really good soil. That means, when you step on it, it’s not going to move. So, after you remove all that old soil, Read more

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Dealing With Clay Soil for Paver Installation

Posted on January 31, 2019 by James Florence

CONCORD— One thing every concrete paver feature requires is a firm foundation beneath it. This includes not only elements like geotextile fabric and base rock, but soil that won’t shift or expand/contract over time. Unfortunately, much of the Bay Area has clay soil, which is exactly the type you don’t want beneath your paver installation. Soft and highly water-absorbent, clay soil expands in rainy weather and contracts in dry weather. Not surprisingly, this kind of soil volatility can compromise the stability of any paver feature.

If you have clay soil on your property, your contractor will need to take additional steps to prepare for paver installation. First, they’ll need to remove all the clay soil from the installation area. Read more

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Video: Tip for Paver Pool Decks

Posted on July 25, 2018 by James Florence

RICHMOND — Host, Sarah Rutan: When installing a paver pool deck, there’s one often-overlooked detail you’ll want to remember. Today we’re in Richmond with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Karen Skinner of Viking Pavers to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Karen Skinner: One thing that’s really important when you have decided that you’d like to do a pool patio with pavers is to make sure that the joint sand that goes in-between the pavers matches the color of the mastic. Now, the mastic is what is between the pool coping and the paver, to protect it, going forward. Once you have decided on the colors to match, you’re going to have a beautiful outcome to your patio for years to come. Read more

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Tip for Paver Pool Decks

Posted on July 13, 2018 by James Florence

RICHMOND — Polymeric joint sand is used to fill the joints between individual stones in paver installations. It contains a latent plastic element that, when exposed to water, becomes activated and gives the sand an adhesive quality that locks the pavers into place. Because of its plastic-like nature, polymeric joint sand is pliant. This attribute is especially important in the Bay Area, due to the constantly shifting clay soil. Unlike a rigid product like concrete grout, polymeric joint sand is able to keep pavers locked in place while allowing for soil movement and resisting cracks.

Another great attribute of polymeric joint sand is it’s available in many different colors, which enables homeowners to further customize their paver installations. Read more

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Video: The Role of Geotextile Fabric

Posted on September 29, 2017 by James Florence

CONCORD — Host, Sarah Rutan: When installing pavers, the application of geotextile fabric will help ensure a firm foundation. To learn more, we’re in Mill Valley with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Itamar M. Junior of Atlas Pavers Company to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Itamar M. Junior: Today I’m here to talk about the importance of geotextile driveways, walkways, and patios. The first question that comes when you’re installing pavers are, “Do I need geotextile under my driveway or patio or walkway?” Sure. The answer is, “Absolutely, yes.” Because the geotextile—it’s a fabric, a membrane, that goes in between the excavated area—between the dirt, the soil—and the base rock. Read more

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Geotextile Fabric in Paver Installation

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Mari Patrick

CONCORD — A crucial component for installing a paver driveway is geotextile fabric, a permeable material typically made from polypropylene or polyester. Following the demolition phase, this fabric is laid over the soil and the pavers are placed on top of it. Geotextile fabric’s primary function is reinforcement—it helps support the weight of the pavers and keeps them from sinking and moving around. It also serves as a permeable filter that allows water to pass through while preventing the soil beneath from intermixing with the pavers and weakening the installation.

While geotextile fabric is considered critical for paver driveways, due to the aforementioned functional benefits, it should really be used for any paver project to give the installation an added measure of stability. Read more

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Video: The Importance of Examining Water Flow

Posted on August 04, 2017 by James Florence

SAN MATEO — Host, Sarah Rutan: Before undertaking an outdoor project, it’s important to identify water flow to ensure it doesn’t damage your project. Today we’re in San Mateo with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Steven Molof of Modern Paving to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Steve Molof: So, when you take on any outdoor project, whether that’s a driveway, a walkway, a pool deck, or some softscape elements like a brand new lawn or some trees, it’s important to take a look at what the water on your property is doing. There’s two things you look at, and it’s important for any contractor you choose to make sure they consider this before you start. Read more

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