Laying Rubber Pavers: What Works


If you’ve decided to lay some rubber pavers to make a paved patio area in the backyard, you may be tempted to skip the hard work of removing sod, adding gravel, tamping down the surface etc, THEN put your pavers down. Well, proceed very carefully….

Laying Rubber Pavers Directly On Grass – Not A Good Idea

Don’t do this if at all possible, even though it may be tempting to do a quick and dirty DIY with the pavers and put them directly on the grass. It is much better with at least some gravel base underneath and the tikes. If you have no other choice, cut the grass as short as you can and tamp down the area with something heavy like a rubber hammer or a sledgehammer. This is not ideal but will provide a temporary solution. The tiles should eventually settle naturally into place, but it may turn out to be quite an uneven surface. What really needs to happen is the sod layer containing the grassroots is removed first, some gravel added, and tamped down before installing the rubber tiles.

A Walkway With Individual Pavers – More Doable

A walkway made of individual pavers is usually an all-day task to put in if you do the whole dig out / replace with gravel thing. But this is something you can attempt with a “dig-out” lite approach. While it is ideal, the ground doesn’t have to be dug out extensively for each individual paver, and then tamped down to firm the soil foundation, then sand or gravel then added. You can just mow the grass short, dig away enough of the sod and tamp so the top of the tile will be level with the top of the grass around it when cut to its shortest length (plus a bit deeper for a margin of error). If you have a lot of moisture in the area, you may need to dig a little deeper and put at least some gravel/sand to allow things to drain adequately so your tile is not underwater.

If the tiles are placed as stepping pads, so are embedded periodically in the lawn around them, endure they are deep enough not to get caught and damaged by the lawnmower during mowing.

Rubber Pavers And Oil Don’t Mix

If you install rubber pavers on concrete either on the driveway or in the garage, you won’t need to worry about if you have a hard enough surface underneath, but you do need to make sure that the car doesn’t leak oil onto the rubber pavers, because with will damage the rubber. So either get the leaking oil fixed quickly or put something under the car in the meantime.

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