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Hardscape Basics

Step-by-Step Guide to Proper Sand Application for Pavers

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Understanding the Basics

Why is joint sand necessary for your pavers? Without sand in your paver joints, your hardscape will not drain properly and is much more likely to shift over time. Having sand installed in your paver joints will also help prevent the inevitable weed growth that comes with living in the damp Pacific Northwest.

Materials Needed

Before applying joint sand to your pavers, make sure you have the necessary tools. You will certainly need your choice of joint sand (click here to explore our options), a large broom, a blower, and a hose or sprayer.

Preparation of the Pavers

Of course, before applying sand, you will need to follow the basic steps for installing your pavers. You must prepare your area by excavating, grading, and laying and compacting the base layer.

Once you have prepared your area, lay your pavers according to your chosen pattern.

Applying the Sand

Once you have installed your pavers, you are ready to apply joint sand. Pour sand over your pavers, then sweep it evenly into the joints using your large broom. Compact the pavers down once more using a hand tamper. Once you have made sure every paver joint is full of sand, use your blower to get rid of any excess.

If you are installing polymeric sand, you will want to wet down the joint sand to make sure the sand and pavers lock together.

Seal the Pavers

Finally, make sure you seal the pavers several months after installation. This will add additional protection to your hardscape, as well as help them maintain their original color.

Maintain Your Hardscape

Even once you have applied sand to your pavers and completed the process, you need to stay on top of paver maintenance. Check out our article Preventative Measures to Keep Your Pavers Looking New to learn more.

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If you’re ready to start a paver project or need assistance with details like applying joint sand to pavers that you’re currently installing, explore our range of products and resources. We have installation guides and personalized support services for your paver needs. Click here to get in touch with our experts.

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