how to install pavers on sand

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How to lay pavers on sand 

Day to day we have supply tons of paving sand to the domestic and commercial market in Perth WA and a most asked question we get to how to install pavers on the sand. So thought I will address this in this full guide.

In this guide, you will know the right way to install paving to Australian building standards in Western this guide, we will explain all the tips and tricks that professionals use to get the best paving installation. Lets begin!

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What We’ll Cover:

  • Tools
  • Materials
  • Paver Installation Guide
    • Preparing the Area
    • Placing the Foundation
    • Installing Pavers
    • Installing concrete edging
    • Adding and white Sand
    • Cleaning and Sealing

Paver Installation Tools:

  • Shovel
  • Tape Measure
  • Landscaping Rake
  • Tamper or Plate Compactor
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Hammer
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Circular Saw with Concrete Blade
  • Push Broom
  • Garden Hose
  • Level
  • Speed Square
  • String Line
  • Stakes
  • Eye Protection
  • Hearing Protection


Prepare the Area


After gathering the tools and materials you need for your project, it’s time to prepare the area where you plan to lay your pavers. It’s always a good idea to call 1100 before you dig, to make sure that you don’t accidentally damage buried gas, water or electrical lines.

Demolition & Excavation

In the area where you will lay your pavers, remove any grass or existing hardscape surfaces, making sure to not hit any utility lines.

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  • For vehicular areas like driveways, excavate 150 mm required plus pavers thickness.
  • For pedestrian areas, excavate 100 mm required plus pavers thickness.
  • For an RV area or commercial vehicle area, excavate 200 mm mm required plus pavers thickness.
  • Rule of thumb if your pavers are 50 mm which is by far common range in western Australia for general driveway you will need to dig out 150 mm in order to finish the paver to desire hight. 

In this case we are going to use driveway paving installation 


1, Once you have dig-out  the area it is good idea to re level the area and make it even again. 

2, Spray some water and make the soil damp this will make sure it will compact at a much better rate and this will also determine how much sand you going to need to archive the desired level.

Installation of the road base 

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Once compaction is archived lay 80 mm roadbase evenly and relevel with landscaping rake or just use strate timber edge. damp it again with water and give it another compaction.

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Until now you should have a solid base to start laying yellow sand or paving sand.

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Installing paving sand

 Spared evenly 40 mm of paving sand and damp with water and compact with plate compacter once compacted you should have smooth level of paving san which is easy to screed 

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Installation of paver 

Determine the final  paving hight to mach existing surface as shown in photo.


Use a paver to run side by side to shave off the excess sand and find the desired level. Once a level is found run a string line to the other end and make sure you have a fall 1 meter to 1 cm for instance if you paving area  are 10 m long you should have 10 mm fall 

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Watch video above for better understanding of finding level

Once area is prepared chose a petern of paving on this point choose differerent type of petren what ever tickle your fency! 


Once install all the paver you might have cutting to do. use masonry saw or cutting blade to cut the pavers


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Concrete hunching to lock pavers

Once install all the pavers use concrete hunching all the paramiters of paving so it can not move in future.

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Keep 30 mm side of the paver clear so you can finish other kind of surface finish up to paving just looks neat.

Install white sand 

The last step is to install the white sand to make sure it is dry so it can fill the gaps between the pavers. use a broom to sweep the sand back and forward for good results.

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Use the old Piece of carpet under the compacter plate and secure it with rope and run the compacter on top of the pavers.

This will make shore sand will be well compacted between the pavers and this job will last you for years. the Piece of carpet will protect pavers from scratching.


Once you get to this point tap your self on the shoulder and open a cold one because this job is not for everyone and you have just achieved it.


Simple Table of meterial Quantity needed for differnt application

Driveway application

1, 80 mm roadbase

2, 40 mm paving sand

Foot trafic

50 mm Paving sand

RV or Heavy vatical Parking

120 mm roadbase

30 mm Paving Sand

Use Soil Calculator to work out how much sand do you need

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