Do I want to stagger concrete pavers?

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Old 11-10-10, 09:43 AM
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Do I want to stagger concrete pavers?

I'm installing 15x15 concrete pavers with a brick design on them. From a structural standpoint, is there an advantage to staggering the pavers? I'd rather just line them up straight in a row if possible but I don't know this is advisable.
 
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Staggering can lead to a lot of cutting without any advantage

Stick with your idea
 
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Just be sure your bed is as smooth as possible and compacted well. Lay them out without stagger. Some pavers would benefit from a stagger for visual reasons but could lead to more cuts and small pieces along the edges that would more easily move out of place over time.
 
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A 15x15 paver is not and interlocking paver, but a concrete "stepping stone" that relies on the base and the paver thickness. That is why the large paver units are not used for very heavy installations like streets and industrial applications..

If you are using the typical interlocking concrete pavers, there is an effect on the strength and stability.

A diagonal herringbone pattern is the best for strength and stability.

A stacked or straight line is the weakest pattern.

Any alternating or bonded pattern is better than a straight pattern. The strength (if it important) may vary from 10% + or -, so it is no big deal for lights loads and traffic. If it is for a patio, don't sweat it and lay which ever way you prefer.

Dick
 
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