Do You Really Need Paver Edging?

October 28, 2020 10:08 pm Published by

If you have a patio or walkway in Washington that uses patio pavers, the pavers themselves are just one part of a larger system that works together to hold its form and maintain its function. This whole system includes the stone base, the bedding sand, the actual pavers, the joint sand and an edge restraint to keep the pavers in place.

It is important for you as the owner of your property to keep up with maintenance of every one of these individual components to preserve the whole system and keep it in place.

The edging is of particular importance, as it prevents your pavers from spreading when exposed to foot traffic or ground movement. Here’s an overview of what you should know about the importance of paver edging in Washington.

All about paver edging

Paver edging should be installed all along the perimeter of paved surfaces, unless the edges come into contact with a driveway edge, vertical wall, concrete curb or other type of solid surface that will prevent the pavers from moving.

One of the most common problems people experience with paver hardscapes is damaged or missing edging. When you experience edging failure, you will then be significantly more likely to experience movement or failure in the pavers. This is because the joints will expand, causing the interlock between the pavers to fail. If you do not address this issue, over time you will see greater spreading, sinking and shifting of the pavers, which will create potential tripping hazards and allow moss or weeds to grow.

The good news is that this damage generally starts in one small area, and can be easily repaired if caught right away. However, if you let the problem go, it will spread and become much more difficult (and thus more expensive) to deal with.

What causes edging failure? The most common cause, by far, is improper installation. You need to make sure the stone base material extends at least six inches beyond the edges of each paver, because if you’re just putting the edge restraint into dirt or sand, you’re going to experience failure sooner or later. In addition, the edging should not be exposed, and the outside edge should be backfilled, or there may not have been enough spikes used during installation to keep the pavers secure. Finally, if you live in an area with harsh winters, the freezing and thawing cycles could lift up the edging, causing shifting and movement.

You have a variety of choices when looking at paver edging options in Washington. You can find them in concrete, wood, steel, plastic or aluminum. Plastic tends to be the easiest to install, and it is highly durable due to its ability to avoid rusting and rot. It’s also flexible, which allows it to fit on curved edges. Concrete is durable and attractive, but can be expensive and difficult to install.

To learn more about your paver edging options and the importance of edging, we encourage you to contact the paving contractors at Jimini Paving today.

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