So you just installed a paver patio. Stand back and admire your work. It probably looks pretty decent right now.
But wait a few months. Or a year. Let one good winter pass. Now how does it look?
What Can Go Wrong When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing
“A lot of pavers look good when they first go in,” said Alex Burke, instructor in Rutgers’ Concrete Pavers class. But when an installer doesn’t really know what he is doing, the ill effects will show within a year.
“After you’ve gone through the winter and had time for settling, that’s when you start to see problems,” explained Burke. “It might be frost heaving, settling or problems caused by difficult site conditions, like clay soil.”