Your walkway goes beyond curb appeal. It is a
personal invitation to those who come to call.
The preferred building material is by far brick
or concrete pavers. A wide variety of colors and patterns
allow the designer maximum creativity. Whether a traditional 4"
x 8" clay brick or a modular contemporary plaza stone is
required, clay brick or concrete pavers fit the bill. We will
also help you select a color and pattern that complements your home.
W A R N I N G !
There are many popular
wrong ways to install a walkway. Stone
dust does not drain well and will likely shift
and separate over time.
Walkway Construction: The Base is
What is more significant than paver color
and style is the base construction. Because brick walkways
are a porous pavement, they are more susceptible to water
absorbtion and and freeze-thaw cycles. For this reason, all
loam materials must be removed to a minimum depth of 7". The
foundation for the walkway needs to be a compactible aggregate
material made of sand and stone. The bedding sand layer (only
1" deep) is middle-grade sand. It's commonly known as concrete
sand. The spaces between paver bricks are manufactured for this
type of sand. Stone dust should NEVER be used as it doesn't
drain well and does not adequately fill the paver joints. L.A.
Bartlett Landscapes typically provide a 6" aggregate base under
our bedding sand and pavers.
Compaction and drainage are critical elements
of building the walkway's base. The landscape industry is not
subject to building codes that legally enforce the correct way
to build a walkway. L.A. Bartlett Landscapes installs brick and
concrete pavers in strict adherence to the standards set forth
by the International Concrete Paver Institute (ICPI). Our work
is backed with an outstanding 3-year guarantee against
base failure. See www.icpi.org for additional
information about walkway installation.
Walkway installation services available in
Derry, Windham, Londonderry, Manchester, Bedford, Hudson,
Hollis and Nashua, New Hampshire.