How to Install Sandstone Pavers

What You'll Need
Sandstone paving
Stone sealant
Stone cutter
Spirit level
Rubber mallet

Installing sandstone pavers is actually quite an easy job. In fact, ease of installation is one of the greatest benefits of sandstone pavers and the reason why they are so popular. They can be used indoors or outdoors and are great for balconies, walkways or many other different situations. Sandstone pavers come in many different colors and designs as well. They can also be cut quite easily to any size and shape required. You can also install them in different patterns and formations, which is especially useful if you are making a feature piece. Because they are easy to work with, anyone with some basic DIY experience should be able to carry out the job themselves without having to pay for a professional paver.

Step 1-Excavating the Area to be Paved

When you have determined where you want the paving, you should mark the area out. You can do this using small wooden stakes to distinguish the area of the path or terrace that you want to build. The area then needs to be excavated. Dig out the trench to a few inches in depth. The depth depends on the thickness of the sandstone pavers, and you should allow 2 to 3 inches of depth for the base beneath the pavers. This base will then need to be leveled as accurately as possible. The paving base should then be added. The paving base should be a thick layer of cement.

Step 2-Installing the Pavers

You can then start laying the pavers, starting from the center and working outwards towards the edge of the path of terrace. You will also need to cut some of the paving stones so that they fit into the edges of the pavement. To cut the sandstone, you should use a saw or other cutting tool which is specifically designed for working with stone. This will help you get better results without causing damage to the pavers. Lay them in place one at a time. The pavers should be laid so that they interlock with each other to create the desired pattern. To get them to stick in the base and to get a more level surface, you can use the rubber mallet to hammer them in place. Frequently check to make sure that the surface is level using a spirit level.

Step 3-Sealing the Pavement

When all of the pavers have been laid, sand should be liberally poured over the entire area. The sand should be swept into the cracks between the paving stones so that there are no gaps left. When the sand has been applied, completely filling the gaps between the paving stones, it will then need to be sealed. Use a special stone sealer for the job, applying it over the entire surface. Before the paved area can be used, it should be left for at least 24 hours.