How much gravel do i need under pavers?

The traditional base for a cobblestone patio is 4 to 6 of compacted gravel above the ground. If you're going to install a roadway or road intended for vehicle traffic, you'll need to double the thickness of the gravel layer. Whether you're making a driveway, patio, or walkway with cobblestones, you should use gravel to create a solid base for the pavers. Fine gravel can support the weight of furniture or heavy pedestrian traffic, but should not be used for applications such as driveways.

You may have trampled on concrete or pavers in your yard. In this post, we'll discuss how to choose the right size gravel to use as a base for your various types of pavers. The weight of most cars can be supported by a medium layer of gravel approximately 6 to 8 inches thick, but this also works well for lighter uses, such as furniture and heavy foot traffic. Choosing what size of gravel to use as a cobblestone base means taking into account the construction site and the climate, and considering what will be on top of the pavers once the project is complete.

If your driveway can accommodate more than one car at a time or there is a lot of traffic, consider using large or coarse-grained gravel for the base of the paver. Medium gravel is the intermediate terrain in terms of support and drainage, making it ideal for regular or silty soils with an adequate amount of drainage. Typically, you'll need 4 to 6 inches of gravel for patios and walkways and 8 to 12 inches for entrances. Recycled gravel is created by crushing used or reclaimed concrete and comes in the same sizes (coarse-grained, fine and medium) as normal types of gravel.

Similarly, if your garden has a lot of runoff or rain water or if you have poorly draining soil, such as clay, consider using coarse-grained gravel as a support for the pavers. If you are going to install pavers around fire pits or in the driveway of your house, it's important to consider the size of the gravel you're using. For example, if you're going to place a circular patio for your backyard, you'll have to spread a total of 4 gravel, 2 at a time.

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