Our Hardscape Build Process
In order for a hardscape project to look great on the surface, it all begins with what goes on underneath. Our team at Reuvers Nursery continues adjust and tweak our build process, with the goal of finding the most reliable base construction technique. We continue to implement new, ever-changing products, equipment, and methods to provide clients with a hardscape that is second to none. Find out below about our unique hardscape build process.
Using laser levels and altimeters, we first dig to a desirable depth, depending on the soil conditions. While digging, we aim to remove that top layer of organic material and find undisturbed subsoils. Organic material can be unpredictable in freeze and thaw cycles in the harsh winters of Minnesota and Wisconsin, so its necessary to completely remove this layer before base material is installed. Every project varies, but excavation can usually be 12"-16" on most projects until that undesirable layer is removed.
Next, our team lays down geotextile fabric. Geotextile fabric is a polypropylene mesh that creates separation between the base material and soil below. It creates soil stability by reducing settlement and increases the load capacity of the base.
Clean stone is then installed and compacted; followed with the installation of chip stone material. Using clean and chip stone material instead of the typical gravel and washed sand base that most companies use, results in better overall performance. Clean and chip stone material allow water to pass through the base, reducing the moisture and therefore reducing the negative impacts of freeze/thaw cycles and efflorescence (white film from salt) on the surface of the pavers.
Attention to Detail
Double and triple checking our hardscape builds is common practice for our team. Even after setting our base with laser levels and altimeters, our patios are gone over by hand again. This assures it is properly sloping away from your home and that it does not have any dips or humps. Our walls are continually checked as they go up, making sure they are perfectly level.
To lock that paver patio in place, our patios joints are filled with no haze polymeric sand. Polymeric sand gives that patio rigidity by adhering the individual units together, acting as one fluid unit. It also gives the patio strength by dispersing the load applied over the surface.
Around the edges, a concrete edge restraint is used instead of the common practice of plastic snap edging and steel stakes. Plastic snap edging is easily affected by freeze/thaw cycles and heaves over time, causing it to be exposed on the surface and negatively impacting the lateral strength of the patio.