In this how to article we teach you how to install porcelain pavers – dry installation on sand.
Please note that this method is rated for pedestrian foot traffic, so please review your paver installation instructions and consult a professional if you need an installation that can withstand heavier traffic like cars.

  1. Obstructions

    Remove grass, landscaping, and any other items from the area and ensure that there will be at least 8” to 10” of gravel substrate beyond the perimeter of your paver locations.

  2. Perimeter

    Create a raised perimeter or remove the top 3-5” of topsoil and install an edge restraint, making this substrate base as smooth and level as possible.

  3. Bedding

    Place a 2-4” layer of bedding sand, screeding to ensure your 2-degree slope, wetting, and compacting.

  4. Placement

    Place your pavers in the desired locations, using guides to evenly space and ensuring that there is at least 3/16” space in between.

  5. Ensure placement

    Once complete, fill in the space between the pavers with polymeric sand (which is sometimes called paver, hardscape, or jointing sand), sweeping off the excess and wetting with water.

  6. Good to go!

    Your pavers are good to go!

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Dry Installation On Grass
Dry Installation On Gravel
Typical Installation on a Compact Gravel and Sand Bed
Raised Pedestal Installation 
Traditional Mortar Installation on Concrete