Paver Patio Installation
The Right Contractor for Your Paver Patio, Walkway, Driveway & Pool Deck
What are the most important things to consider when hiring a landscape contractor to install a beautiful, new, long lasting paver patio, walkway, or driveway?
- Is the contractor licensed by the state of Arizona to install pavers?
- Does the contractor have liability insurance?
- Is the contractor ICPI Certified (Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute)?
If any contractor being considered for your job cannot answer yes to all three questions – keep looking for a qualified contractor.
Sadly, consumers lose over $25 million dollars per year in Arizona to unlicensed contractors. AZ Landscape Creations is licensed, bonded, and insured for your protection. Our ROC# is 264771. Our liability and equipment insurance is through CBIC insurance and we are ICPI Certified.
Any contractor without a valid contractors license is ineligible for projects exceeding $1,000 including materials. If an unlicensed contractor accepts a job that exceeds $1,000 they are breaking the law with a penalty of up to a $2,500 fine and six months imprisonment.
OVER 2,500 COMPLAINTS ARE FILED AGAINST UNLICENSED INDIVIDUALS EACH YEAR AT THE REGISTRAR OF CONTRACTORS OFFICE. IN ONE YEAR, THE REGISTRAR OF CONTRACTORS OFFICE FILED 937 CRIMINAL CHARGES, ISSUED 244 CIVIL CITATIONS AND FILED 22 FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY FELONY CASES AGAINST UNLICENSED PEOPLE.
Make sure to protect yourself and your investment. Always hire a licensed, bonded and insured contractor.
ICPI Paver Patio Installation Specifications
Below are 2 examples of ICPI Certified Paver Patio Installation Specifications. There are many paver installers that either do not understand or are not aware of the correct installations standards. Take minute to familiarize yourself on what proper paver patio installation looks like to keep from being victimized by unscrupulous contractors who sell customers by offering unrealistically cheap prices. Most often, when you see cheap bids (less than $5.00 per sq. ft.) for a paver patio installation there are 2 reasons:
- The contractor will not install the patio pavers to ICPI specifications which results in seriously flawed workmanship and a finished project that won’t last.
- The contractor is not licensed, bonded, or insured.
Both of these issues don’t necessarily seem relevant at the beginning of the job, but they become very apparent later. If there is damage to your property during the installation, you won’t be covered for your loss. After the job is completed you may notice crooked lines or an uneven paver surface, and unfortunately it gets worse over time.
When an unlicensed contractor is called to come back and fix any problems that may come up, most likely they will not return your call. Since they are unlicensed, there is little recourse.
The worst thing is that no one wins except the unscrupulous contractor who does the same thing over and over. Both the customer and the licensed contractor are victimized. The customer got a poor installation and the licensed contractor didn’t get the job.
Example One: Troweled Edge Restraint with Rebar
This is the most common method used in the Phoenix area. The compacted base is a minimum of 4″. This is where corners are usually cut to reduce cost – little or no compacted aggregate is used and the pavers are laid only on sand. This means very little excavation has to be done and no dirt has to be hauled off.
Example Two: Plastic Edge Restraint with 10″ Spikes
This restraint method is a little more expensive than the toweled concrete restraint, but a very good investment – plastic edge restraint never cracks. The compacted base is the same as example one – a minimum of 4″ for foot traffic and 6″ for vehicle traffic. The corners that are cut are the same as in example one.
Some edge restraints allow pavers and bedding sand to be installed prior to placing the edge materials. The field of pavers is extended past the planned edge location. Pavers are marked with a chalk line, or by using the edge material itself when marking curves. Marked pavers are then cut with a concrete or block saw. The unused paver ends and excess bedding sand are removed up to the cut pavers, and the edge restraints installed. This technique is particularly useful for creating curved edges.
When a gap between pavers and edge restraint exceeds 3/8 in., the space should be filled with cut pavers. Cut pavers exposed to vehicular traffic should be no smaller than one-third of the whole paver. The paving pattern may require shifting to accommodate cut pavers.
Stability of cut edge pavers exposed to tire traffic is increased when a running course (soldier or sailor) of whole pavers is placed between the edge restraint and the cut edge of pavers.
The best quality paver patios, walkways, and driveways are installed by licensed, trained, and experienced landscape contractors.
For professional concrete paver installation, contact us by filling out our Quick Quote form or giving us a call at 480-626-4220. We install pavers throughout the East Valley, including the following cities: Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Mesa, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Tempe, and Ahwatukee.