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Whether you’re laying natural stone indoors or out, ensuring your pavers are level will improve the functionality, aesthetics and quality of your space.
There’s an art to installing natural stone and one of the main considerations is that you’re making your pavers level from the outset. After all, one of the most important elements of any build is the foundation.
The importance of making your pavers level
Want a professional look with your stone pavers? Getting your ground and base for your paving level will help ensure you have a high-quality result and protect the integrity of your stone long-term. So, once you’ve chosen your favourite pavers and worked out how they are going to be laid switch your focus to making your pavers level.
1. Improves functionality
A level surface improves the functionality of your space, allowing you to place your furniture without wobbles or easily install cabinetry.
2. Minimises hazards
An uneven surface can create tripping hazards, compromising the safety of your interior or exterior spaces.
3. Protects the integrity
Ensuring your outdoor surface is level will help protect the integrity of the material. Pavers laid unevenly are more prone to chipping and cracking. The groundwork can also deteriorate as it allows rainwater to enter and pool under the material.
4. Enhances the aesthetics
A well-laid stone surface is much more pleasing to the eye than badly laid, uneven pavers. If you are doing the workmanship yourself, making sure its level should be at the top of your list. Otherwise, hire a professional!
Common reasons why your pavers aren’t level
If you’re struggling with making your pavers level, here are a few reasons your surface may be uneven.
- The area wasn’t level in the first place – simply excavating the ground won’t ensure it is level. Checking the ground with a spirit level or string line will help ensure the area is level and ready for your foundation.
- Your base isn’t compacted – if your soil or foundation isn’t compacted, any dips or bumps will affect the level of your surface. To get it right, you’ll want to use a plate compactor at least twice.
- There’s inadequate edging – without adequate edging, your pavers won’t be “locked in” or stay in place. This will result in movement and a sloppy look.
- You have poor drainage – if water is unable to easily move across the paved area, it can cause long-term, ongoing problems with the foundation.