Common Paving Installation Problems

Most paving installation problems have a snowball effect, where one problem leads to another, causing yet another in turn. This ultimately results in the complete, irreparable failure of a paved area.

Instead of falling victim to a poor installation, we highly recommend looking at these questions you should ask before hiring a contractor. We hope they help!

  • Earthworks: Paving problems are normally caused by inferior earthworks. When a paving site’s sub-base has failed due to incorrect earthworks, the result will be disastrous and irreparable.
  • Compaction: Inadequate compaction of the sub-base will cause pavers to sag, which could result in water ponding (as discussed under “Drainage”).
  • Drainage: Incorrect drainage will cause ponding and infiltration of the sub-base, which may cause it to fail.
  • Attention To Detail: SmartStone is a beautiful product, but the aesthetic appeal of the overall installation will be lacking if an installer does not pay attention to details.
  • Cement Staining: Cement grouting can cause permanent stains on pavers if it is not correctly cleaned off them.
  • Careful Handling: Careless and indiscriminate handling of SmartStone’s cobbles and flagstones will cause chipping and breaking. SmartStone pavers are very different from bricks and cannot be handled in the same conventional manner.
  • Grouting Failures: Cement grouting failures on flagstone installations are extremely common. There are alternative methods available.
  • Straight Lines: Crooked lines between pavers are common when installers do not pay attention to details.
  • Correct Sealing: A sealant should not be applied to pavers for at least six months after their installation, as it will trap efflorescence under their surface, ruining their beauty.