A driveway is one of the first things that visitors see when they come to a home, so it is important to make a good impression. A circular concrete pavers driveway can add a touch of elegance and beauty to any home. The interlocking pavers provide a sturdy surface that can withstand heavy vehicles, and the smooth finish gives the driveway a sleek look. In addition, the pavers can be arranged in a variety of patterns to create a unique design. Best of all, a concrete paver driveway is easy to maintain and will last for many years. For all these reasons, this type of driveway is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to improve the curb appeal of their home.
How do you build a circular concrete paver driveway? Follow these seven steps:
1. To start, you will need to begin by measuring out the area where you would like your driveway to be located. This should include roughly estimating the diameter of the driveway and leaving enough room for any turnarounds or turns that you may want in your design. As you begin measuring, make sure that you take into account any curves or inclines in the surface on which the driveway will sit. To start, you can use a tape measure and create a rough outline of your desired driveway path. Mark this outline with spray paint or stakes, making sure to leave several inches between each marker for clearance. Additionally, it’s important to consider the width of your driveway as well as any landscaping features that may be located within your design, such as trees and bushes. Once you’ve completed this initial marking process, you can use this information to guide your next steps.
2. Once the driveway layout has been planned out, you can begin digging a foundation trench in which your pavers will be set up on. For most circular driveways, this trench should be roughly six inches deep and feature evenly spaced holes positioned around the perimeter of the pavers for drainage purposes. When you are excavating for your circular driveway, you need to make sure that you do not go too deep. The general rule of thumb is to dig your foundation trench to a depth that is equal to 1/3 the height of your pavers. For example, if your pavers are 4 inches (10 cm) thick, then you would dig your foundation trench to a depth of approximately 14 inches (35 cm). This will ensure that your pavers have enough support and are not too vulnerable to shifting or damage.
3. Once you have excavated your foundation trench, you need to level it off so that your pavers can be set down evenly. You can do this by using a shovel or a trowel to create a sloped edge around the perimeter of the trench. This will help to ensure that water drains away from the center of your driveway and does not pool on top of the pavers. After leveling off the foundation trench, you are ready to begin setting your pavers in place.
4. Next, it’s time to set up a form around your excavated foundation trench so that you can begin pouring concrete into it to create a solid base for your pavers. For best results, this form should be built out of sturdy boards and lined with plastic sheeting in order to prevent leaks and moisture from seeping into your concrete as it cures. The form will help to shape the concrete pavers and ensure that they are evenly spaced. To set up the form, start by staking out the perimeter of the trench. Then, use 2x4s or similar lumber to create the sides of the form. The lumber should be level with the ground. Once the form is in place, you can begin adding concrete pavers. Start at one end of the trench and work your way towards the other end, laying the pavers in a symmetrical pattern. When all of the pavers are in place, allow the concrete to cure for 24 hours before removing the form.
5. After you have excavated the foundation trench and set up the forms, you are ready to apply a layer of landscape fabric to help prevent weeds from growing up through the base layer. Once the fabric is in place, start spreading the gravel evenly across the excavated area. When spreading the gravel, be sure to leave room for the pavers themselves. This will help to provide drainage and prevent the pavers from shifting.
6. After the gravel is in place, use a tamper or plate compactor to compact the material and create a firm foundation. Once compacted, you are ready to begin laying the pavers.
7. Next, lay the pavers in place. You should start by laying down the outer rows of pavers and working your way in towards the center. As you lay each new row, be sure to position it slightly overlapping the previous row. This will help to lock each row into position and prevent shifting over time. In addition, make sure that each new row is at an angle to create an arching shape as you work your way around the circle. Finally, when you reach the final row, you should caulk all seams with a special masonry adhesive to ensure that your driveway remains watertight and durable over time.
8. Once all of the pavers are in place, fill in any gaps with sand or masonry joint compound. Then, wet the area and allow the concrete to cure for 24 hours before driving on it.