If you are looking to create a walkway or drive on your own, the interlocking pavers that you can find at the local home improvement store will likely look like a logical place to start. With interesting shapes and colors and a simple interlocking design, it is only normal for you to feel like this would be a DIY project you could tackle without a professional. Even though this may be true, do not be surprised if you run into a few problems when you are in the middle of your project with stone pavers. Here are a few of the most common problems DIY homeowners have with concrete paver projects.

Problem: The pavers will not interlock smoothly.

Cause and Solution: In some cases, this type of problem can be easy to solve, as it usually just means that debris beneath the pavers is slipping into the interlocking grooves, making it impossible for them to slip together as they should. This is easy to solve by using a small broom or brush to clean the grooves of each stone as you lay them in place. However, some pavers can be ultra-finicky and even the slightest piece of sand or grit will prevent them from locking in place. In these situations, you could spend hours just laying a few stones and will need to have a layer of protection, such as landscaping paper, between the ground and the pavers.

Problem: After leveling the ground, the pavers do not look level when they are laid in place.

Cause and Solution: One thing that a lot of homeowners who try their hand at creating a pathway with pavers do not realize is that you should be using a paving base after leveling the ground. This loose-fill material helps to level out slight discrepancies in the surface of the ground so that the pavers will lay more uniformly. This should be spread across the entire surface of the ground before the first stone is place.

Problem: You are having problems with the pavers sinking in certain areas.

Cause and Solution: It can be incredibly frustrating to get the pathway complete only to see the pavers start to sink and shift after a few days. This is usually due to excess moisture in the area where you have used the stones and is hard to handle on your own. You may have to have a contractor install a layer of concrete or mortar beneath the paver stones to eliminate the shifting issues.

There is nothing more rewarding than finishing a DIY paver project and seeing the value it adds to your property. If you are having issues with your own project that you cannot handle on your own, talk to a contractor for advice and information. For more tips, contact a company like Central Arizona Block.