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Old 06-12-2014, 04:23 AM
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I am having my driveway and side yard done with pavers.
I have gotten a couple of quotes and don't know if they are good or bad.
The driveway is 1,100 sq ft and the side yard is 400 sq.ft.
The contractors will remove the existing asphalt on the driveway and concrete in the side yard, dig out the needed material, pour a 4" concrete base with fiber reinforcement, level with pack, install the pavers in a herringbone pattern with a large circular (15' diameter) inlay in the driveway with a two-tone paver border, and then a raised cobblestone edge.
The will be using Cambridge pavers with sanded joints.
The three estimates I have gotten are: $11,500, $12,000 & $15,000.
I am inclined to go with the $12,000 guy because I have seen his work on a number of houses in the neighborhood.
Is $8 sq.ft. about right for a paver job like this?
Timewise, they have said 1 day to remove all the old, 1/2 day to pour the concrete, wait 3 days for concrete to cure and 2 days to install the pavers - seems quick, but I guess they know what they are doing.
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That sounds fair for what's involved
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With the demo, that sounds pretty fair.
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Sounds ridiculously cheap. Are they also supplying the pavers?
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Sounds ridiculously cheap. Are they also supplying the pavers?
Yes. Standard 6" x 9" Cambridge Roundtable collection textured pavers.
All materials except the cobblestones, which will be recycled from what is there now.
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Sounds ridiculously cheap. Are they also supplying the pavers?
Usually $20-$25 a sq ft. I wouldn't want a slab poured underneath . 8"-12" RCA base then an inch of sand or stone dust to bed the new pavers in. Patios usually get 4"-6" base and driveways 8"-12". If there's no trees close to the driveway, it probably won't be a problem. If the concrete cracks and displaces, it'll lift the pavers and be a pain in the ass to relevel.
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Yup....that would be very cheap in our area and I agree with jnugget. You need a compacted base of 1/2" crushed/recycled material and super thin sand screed. I dont like stone dust as it tends to absorb and hold water.
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That's about what my sister just paid last month. I had sanded joints on mine it blows out in a few years and fils with dirt. You can't power wash it either.
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I am having a large raised patio done right now with pavers. I think you are getting a good deal but like others I would not want a concrete slab underneath. Here they do crushed stone and sand.
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That's about what my sister just paid last month. I had sanded joints on mine it blows out in a few years and fils with dirt. You can't power wash it either.
Get them to use the polymeric sand and you won't have either of those problems.
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Sounds reasonably priced to me. I too wonder about needing concrete. Perhaps a bldg. code requirement in your area?
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Seems cheap. I was quoted $18 a sf for pavers around a pool 12 years ago. Fill was already present.

I would not want concrete underneath. I'd want 12" of 3/4" dense grade myself.
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I agree with no concrete underneath. I've never heard that before. I would be worried about it cracking at some point. Another worry would be drainage. Any water that gets under really has nowhere to go. That could cause serious heaving in the winter.

I am no expert but I helped my Dad do his about 14 years ago. Compacted the soil (very sandy base @ the shore) after it was dug out. 6" of crushed blue stone for the base (it may have actually been blue stone dust), screeded and compacted the stone and set the pavers. Not one has moved in that time.
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No concrete , pavers are made to be put over a crushed stone base ( for drainage ) that's why concrete cracks . In ohio we get $ 16 to $ 22 per sq ft.
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Appreciate all the comments.
Looks like pricing is very fair.
At least where I am, every job done with pavers that I have seen has concrete poured underneath it. maybe it has something to do with the pitch, which is about 26" over 33'?
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We have a motorhome lot in Florida. Like many others, we had pavers put over the original concrete pad. Nobody has ever had a problem with cracking or settling of the pavers over concrete. That's with a 56,000 pound motorhome on it. So I don't think concrete is needed in all applications but it isn't a problem in many applications.

I wish that price was what we see in southwest Florida. Seems cheap.
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Originally Posted by LI32 View Post
Appreciate all the comments.
Looks like pricing is very fair.
At least where I am, every job done with pavers that I have seen has concrete poured underneath it. maybe it has something to do with the pitch, which is about 26" over 33'?
Mines RCA too. Contractor talked me out of concrete.
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The pricing seems cheap but thats because of the labor savings pouring the slab, its faster than setting up the crushed stone base. With that said I would not lay the pavers over concrete on long island. The stone base is designed to allow drainage under the pavers. What will happen is the water will get trapped between the paver and the slab, there is only about an inch of sand screed over the slab, an when that water freezes your pavers will heave and not come back down resultng in an uneven surface. I have ripped out more than one paver job due to the slab method. Masons are usually the ones that do pavers that way. Find a true hardscape company that knows the proper way to do it in your area. If the stone base is compacted correctly, we compact at 3 inch lifts, you can drive a concrete truck on them and they wont move or depress. Also motar the edges on the driveway, the paver lock edging just dont cut it for a driveway. Polymeric sand in the joints prevents weeds and you wont have to resand again, its pricey compared to sand but worth it long term. Also use seperation fabric between the compacted soil and the stone base, it will never move.
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Base preparation is the most important part of the job. That being said I have never heard of this concrete slab technique. Finally that does seem dirt cheap pardon the pun.

As others have said 20/sq ft minimum is the going rate for side walks/service walks and driveways would be more since the base depth would be much deeper.

These guys have helped me out on paver projects in the past. If anyone would know someone on this forum would no for sure.

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go to the Hardscaping forum discussion.
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really surprised by the concrete underneath.

I was just quoted 3.90 a sq for white concrete pavers, multi sized laid in pattern. no demo work, light tractor work. 4" base. I went with concrete instead and paid 3.15 a sq foot. if you have demo work, concrete and paver on top at 8 a square you have a great price IMO.
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