rubber-pavers are an eco friendly patio, walkway, garage floor or driveway covering. rubber-pavers are available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors and styles. Many rubber-pavers are made from recycled materials such as old tires. rubber-pavers offer a patio surface that is softer than concrete or natural stone pavers which helps to relieve pressure on the legs or feet. They also provide a soft landing soft for toddlers and young children who may be prone to falls. rubber-pavers stay cooler than more traditional masonry surfaces and will not burn the bottoms of bare feet or the hands and knees of crawling babies.
rubber-pavers allow do it yourself type homeowners to create a patio surface over old, dull concrete. Installing rubber-pavers is less labor intensive because they lack the weight of stone or concrete pavers. Wet saws and masonry saws or any power cutter is not required to cut and shape the pavers. Even if you are not an overly accomplished do it yourselfer, you can complete this project with relative ease.
rubber-pavers can be installed over concrete surfaces that may have stains or are cracking, but not lifting. rubber-pavers cannot be installed over lifting concrete surfaces because the finished project will have an uneven surface which may present a tripping hazard. rubber-pavers are highly durable and long lasting even in areas that have dramatic changes in weather conditions. Typical problems such as freeze thaw patterns, heavy impacts or ground shifting will not harm rubber-pavers.
Installing rubber-pavers over an existing concrete patio, garage floor, shed floor, driveway, walkway or sidewalk, offers homeowners the perfect ground covering solution that is good for the environment. rubber-paver installation is fast and easy – really.
Creating Drainage Before rubber-paver installation
If you are laying the rubber-pavers in an inside area such as a garage or shed you can skip this step.
Use a shovel to dig a 10 to 12 inch deep trench around the perimeter of the existing concrete structure.
Tamp the base of the trench with a hand tamper or use the end of a 2 by 4 inch piece of lumber to pack the dirt tightly at the base.
Add 2 inches of washed, crushed stone to the base of the trench.
Buy perforated pipe – pipe that has holes on one side of the pipe – equal to the distance around the existing concrete patio, driveway or what have you.
Lay the pipe in the trench over the crushed stone with the pipe holes facing the crushed stone.
Pour 2 to 3 inches of medium sized crushed stone over the top of the pipe.
Shovel dirt on top of the stone.
Prepare the Concrete For Pavers
If you are installing rubber-pavers inside, skip this step.
Sweep the surface of the concrete to remove surface debris and excess dirt that may have accumulated from digging next to the structure.
Add a 1 to 2 inch layer of small crushed stone on top of the concrete. Build the stone at least ½ inch higher at the house foundation and slope the crushed stone away. A slope requires a ¼ inch extra stone per 8 feet to keep water from seeping into the house through the foundation and into the basement.
Sweep a long board across the surface of the crushed stone to knock down high spots and fill in low areas.
Drives stakes into the dirt at the corners of the patio, driveway or walkway.
Tie a string around the corner stake and extend it across the patio. Tie the free end of the string to the stake. Repeat the process for the two remaining stakes. You will have a large string “X”.
Installing the rubber-pavers Over the Concrete
Move to the area directly under the point at which the strings intersect, which is the center of the “X”.
Place the first rubber-paver on top of the stone centering the middle of the paver to the intersection point.
Lay the second rubber-paver to the left or right of the first paver. Place the third paver to the left or right of the first rubber-paver. You will now have a rubber-paver on each side of the first paver. Some rubber-pavers are interlocking while some lay next to each other tightly abutted. If the pavers are interlocking, snap them together. If they lay tightly abutted, push them together as close as possible.
Place the next two pavers above and below the original one. Snap them together or abut them tightly to each other.
Use a sharp utility knife to make any necessary cuts as you near the edges of the patio, garage floor or walkway or encounter an obstacle. Mark the paver with a grease pencil and use a metal straightedge as a guide when making long cuts. Place the rubber-paver with the finished side facing down onto a sheet of plywood or other cutting surface. Align the metal straightedge with the grease pencil marks. Drag the utility knife alongside the straightedge to score a line. Drag the utility knife along the scored line, pressing harder to cut through the rubber-paver. Depending on the thickness of the rubber-paver, you may have to cut a third time.
Pavers can be laid next to pools because they stay cool and offer a slip resistant textured surface.
Use different color rubber-pavers to create a contrasting border or design.
If you are installing rubber-pavers in a garage, shed or other indoor area, you can glue them directly to the concrete after washing with existing surface with a grease fighting detergent.
Buy a few extra rubber-pavers in case of damage, which is unlikely – but have a few just to be safe.
Lay the pavers in the area you plan to install them for 24 hours to allow them time to acclimate to the new environment.
When calculating the number of pavers you will need, add an extra 5 to 10 percent to accommodate waste, mistakes and to save a few spares.