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    Proper distance between pavers

    Our pool builder just laid the pavers yesterday - with the sand. My question is what is the proper distance between pavers? Ours just laid by the Pool Builder have easily a half inch to one inch space between them. They are set at a 3 paver size random "T" pattern. I'm really concerned about this because this is a new house and we have pavers on our front driveway and walkway put in by the builder (we contracted separately with a pool builder after we closed) and those are about 1/16th of an inch to 1/8" of an inch. I know that the sand is going to settle and we are going to have enormous gaps the way it is now. I've taken pictures and bought this to the supervisor's attention, together with another question we had. He addressed our one question, but totally ignored our concern and observation about the pavers.

    Thanks for your help.
    Dig was September 21st and it's been "full steam ahead" since. It is a 16' x 32' free form with an 18" high wall (steps on each side) with two 24" water features, salt water, sun deck (10'), and a spa (8') with a 48" spillover. All Pentair products and color LED lights. Screen enclosed.

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    Re: Proper distance between pavers

    Personally, I would tell them, in no uncertain terms, that sort of gap is unacceptable. I would tell them to fix it correctly and not give them a chance to ignore me.

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    Re: Proper distance between pavers

    I agree. I have travertine pavers and our neighbor has concrete pavers (I can't think of the name), both set so closely I wondered how they get the polymeric sand in between - but they did.

    I'm not an expert, so maybe someone will come along and say it's OK, but I don't think so. The supervisor's lack of response to your concern about the pavers speaks volumes.

    You could have a struggle on your hands getting them to fix it. I imagine that will be labor intensive, but don't give in. Maybe find some sources online stating the standard for paver spacing. Print it out and hand it to him.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Proper distance between pavers

    We have concrete pavers in our driveway and they are butted up next to each other. They are also set with polymeric sand. I agree with everyone else that your spacing is unacceptable.
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    Re: Proper distance between pavers

    Don't pay them until you are satisfied. Once they cash the check, you have no leverage.
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    Re: Proper distance between pavers

    Thank you all so much. We will not back off from this.
    Dig was September 21st and it's been "full steam ahead" since. It is a 16' x 32' free form with an 18" high wall (steps on each side) with two 24" water features, salt water, sun deck (10'), and a spa (8') with a 48" spillover. All Pentair products and color LED lights. Screen enclosed.

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    Re: Proper distance between pavers

    Just received a call from our PB, he's coming Monday with the people who laid the pavers. He told me that there is a lip on these pavers that are covered up by the sand and they are closer than they appear, but the sand is covering it up. I guess we will see on Monday (I hope so - because for the most part, it has been a good experience with this PB).

    Thanks so much everybody. I love this site!
    Dig was September 21st and it's been "full steam ahead" since. It is a 16' x 32' free form with an 18" high wall (steps on each side) with two 24" water features, salt water, sun deck (10'), and a spa (8') with a 48" spillover. All Pentair products and color LED lights. Screen enclosed.

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    Re: Proper distance between pavers

    Take and share a pic so we can see what you are worried about. I hope your PB is right but.............

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    Re: Proper distance between pavers

    My pavers would look that way way too if they were over-filled. It should be clear if you look at the paver edge profile. You should be able to see it at the outer edges of the decking or on extra pavers.
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    Re: Proper distance between pavers

    Pavers sometimes have a notch on their edges that sets a prescribed gap between bricks. This website has a detailed process description for paver installation (also see here). Depending on your local ground conditions, your paver installer may have skipped some steps as some areas of the country have very hard soils (hard pan) and you don't necessarily have to dig down and add road-base material. Other areas may have loose sandy soil and require an actual concrete bed to stabilize the pavers.

    Most paver installations I have seen have minimal (< 1/8") gaps
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