Concrete pavers are one of the most versatile staples in Mesa landscape design. Mesa concrete paver installation can add a whole new look and feel to most any outdoor space. Pavers can update an old concrete or cool deck hardscape by adding texture, depth, color and warmth. Pavers can be used to create visual interest with curved walkways, circular inlays, steps, pathways, driveways and patios.
Pavers – The Good and The Bad
Mesa concrete paver installation is a valuable investment for any home. It should be a maintenance free addition that should bring enjoyment, beauty, and usability for many many years. But, if installed incorrectly, they can be a nightmare!
Unfortunately, with lax contractor regulations and the increase in unlicensed contractors in the Mesa market, the workmanship and quality of Mesa concrete paver installation has suffered, and pavers have been given a bad wrap. Many of these “landscaping contractors” get their jobs by selling on price alone. While price is obviously a factor in considering any landscaping bid, it can also be a testament to the job quality and workmanship itself. I have seen many Mesa concrete paver installation bids for $4/ sq foot. At this price, it is inevitable that the contractor is going to cut some corners on the install.
A cheap Mesa concrete paver installation may look good for a day, or even a few months, but it will most certainly not stand the test of time. Good news though- it does not have to be this way! At AZ Landscape Creations, we stand behind our concrete paver installs with a 2 year warranty!
Mesa Concrete Paver Installation – The Key To Success
Mesa concrete paver installation is an art, but also a science. They key to any successful installation begins with establishing a proper base or foundation. In general, concrete pavers must be laid on an excavated compacted surface. Depending upon the use and durability needed, the surface must be excavated a minimum of 4 inches. If the pavers need to sustain more weight, like for a driveway, the surface could need up to 10 inches of excavation. In addition, the base must also contain AB and sand. The amount will vary, like the excavation does, depending on the durability needed. The base must be compacted, tamped and leveled. The pavers should also be laid at a slight slope, in order to account for drainage. If laying pavers on a slope, or anything other than a flat surface, additional measures have to be taken. The calculations and measurements can get pretty complicated, but it is so important for all these variables to be considered.
Pavers – What to Watch Out For
At AZ Landscape Creations, we get calls all the time from homeowners who hired unlicensed or inexperienced contractors to complete their Mesa concrete paver installation projects, only to be left disheartened with a mess on their hands. Here are a few photos of these projects that homeowners have reached out to us for help with.
Here is an example of where the contractors did not plan the layout of a patio correctly and ended up with a gap!
Definitely uneven, definitely a safety hazard. Watch your step!
Not sure what these contractors were thinking leaving the landscape lighting wires ON TOP of the pavers?
I have heard of quick sand before, but quick pavers?! The base here was not compacted correctly.
To the untrained eye, this might look great. But,this walkway is missing a critical piece…the border! How are these pavers going to stay in place?
AZ Landscape Creations – Mesa Concrete Paver Installation
Mesa concrete paver installation is a keystone design element and selecting the right contractor for your job can make a huge difference. By examining a contractor’s paver installation techniques and processes, an educated homeowner can quickly tell the quality of a contractor’s work and the level of skill. Before beginning any project, it is essential that a homeowner take the time to educate themselves on the product and ask any potential contractor for references. Treat your investment in your Mesa landscape design just like you would another investment, like in a stock or an old car.
If you are considering adding pavers to your outdoor space, AZ Landscape Creations would love to help deliver your landscape vision. Simply fill out our contact form for a free quote or give us a call at 480-626-4220 to get started!
AZ Landscape Creations is a full service Mesa landscape design and installation company that specializes in landscaping in Chandler, landscaping in Gilbert and landscaping in Scottsdale. We also serve the East Valley communities of Queen Creek, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Tempe, and Ahwatukee.