The process of compaction following interlocking paver installation is essential for establishing a sturdy and durable surface.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is compaction necessary after interlocking paver installation?

Compaction is crucial because it helps eliminate air gaps and ensures that each paver settles firmly into place. This promotes optimal interlock and minimizes the risk of shifting or settling over time.

What equipment is used for compaction?

The primary equipment used for compaction is a plate compactor, which systematically presses down on the entire area to achieve uniform pressure and stability.

How long does the compaction process take?

The duration of the compaction process can vary depending on the size of the area and other factors. However, typically, it takes a few passes with the plate compactor to adequately compact the entire surface.

Is additional sand added during the compaction process?

Yes, if necessary, additional sand may be added during the compaction process to fill in any gaps and ensure a level surface.

Does compaction prevent weed growth between the pavers?

While compaction helps reduce the likelihood of weed growth by minimizing gaps between pavers, additional measures such as applying a weed barrier may be necessary for long-term prevention.

Can compaction be done in rainy weather?

Compaction is ideally performed in dry weather conditions to achieve optimal results. Rainy weather can affect the effectiveness of compaction and may require postponing the process.