It’s dead simple to give a tired concrete patio a makeover and a new look with recycled rubber pavers. But what if you want to put the rubber pavers directly onto dirt? It is all about having a sound surface to put the rubber pavers onto.
Rubber pavers are constructed from recycled tires and are used in schools, businesses and homes. They are a great environmentally friendly solution to the right problem. It feels good to be part of diverting millions of tons of tires from landfills to make something beautiful and functional for your yard. They can be installed on top of existing hard outdoor surfaces, on level dirt (with caveats we talk about below), and can even be put down in basement areas inside your home.
Let’s face it, dirt areas are something that we really would like to upgrade the look of. It can be difficult to find the right kind of product for the job. And its not just about the product, it is also about preparing the area correctly before applying the product.
First of all, you are going to need a hard flat surface. There is no way around this if you want a decent looking final outcome. With the more flexable rubber pavers, it is even more important than using the much more rigid options of cement or brick pavers. There are a few ways to do this, including laying some concrete pavers first to create that hard surface. At the very least, you are going to need to tamp the dirt using a tamper, then apply some sand on top of that to hold the tiles. The following video is actually using cement tiles as the final topping, but the idea is the same.
Another way is to pack gravel into the area then apply the rubber pavers once it is a solid surface via tamping, or even better, with a mechanized compactor that you hire from your nearest machinery hire center.
Whichever way you go, the first step to laying down rubber pavers on dirt is to make sure that there is no grass or other foliage in your way. when removing grass, it is very important that you use a spade and dig deep enough into the ground to remove the grass and its root system.
Some Options Available
Some possible products are “envirotiles”. Envirotile is an innovative product for just such a job. Although envirotile is a great product, they need to be installed over a hard surface. Check out this video to get an idea of what is possible.
Rubberific is another brand you should check out, especially if you are concerned about the environment credentials of a product. They have rubber pavers as 16×16 brick or flagstone just right for the job.
Note though, that While there is still no way around the issue of having a hard flat surface to work with, in some situations, the product called Stomp Stone may provide what you need without a lot of pre-preparation.
If you want a rubber playground area for the kids without much ground prep, you might find rubber wetpour the way to go. Wetpour rubber is another alternative rubber pavers that required less attention to the underlying surface it goes on. Howerver there is a lot of situations where this wouldn’t be the best approach. The below video should give you a good idea of how the process works and if it would be suitable for your situation.
How To Cut Rubber Pavers
To cut rubber pavers, start by measuring your installation space and deciding where you need to make a cut. Using your straight edge and pen, mark the line of the cut that you need to make on the paver. next, place your spare 2×4 piece of wood underneath the paver.
How To Install Rubber Patio Pavers
Be creative. Rubber pavers are very easy to cut, be artistic and curve your patio to add interest. You can also mix 2 colors or more of rubber pavers to create a unique design. Lay out your design before securing them in place.
Rubber Paver Maintenance
Wash dirty pavers with plain water to remove dust and dirt.
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