We offer interlocking stone work for patios, driveways, walkways, pool areas and other outdoor places in the Greater Toronto Area. We also build retaining walls, stone steps, and other landscaping surfaces.
Give us a call and we will guide you through the process of getting your project started.
Have you ever seen an interlock pad that goes up and down and up and down, where every stone is either sunken in or partially sunken in and slanted? I’ve definitely seen it. In fact, a bunch of our work involves fixing interlocking pads that look like that because it was done by an amateur.
The reason why interlocking stones sink is because they were placed either directly on soil (which sinks when it’s wet), or the layer of bedding underneath isn’t up to standards.
Here is the step-by-step proccess we use to lay an interlocking pad:
Step 1: Excavation
The proper way to do interlocking is to first excavate the area where the pad is going to be placed.
The level in which it needs to be excavated depends on several factors such as the soil consistency.
There are cases where we had to dig up to 2 feet, but in most cases, 6-10 inches is a safe number.
Step 2: Putting in the Sub Base
Next, we fill in the area with 3/4 crush—a type of rigid stone that compacts together tightly (unlike regular smooth round stones that move around when you put weight on it, which is not suitable for interlocking pads—the last thing you want is for the ground to move when ever you step onto your interlocking pad).
We fill this sub base until there is 1.5 inches + the thickness of the interlocklocing stone left until the desired height we want the pad to be.
Step 3: Tamper Tamper Tamper!
In order to create a stunning looking pad that’s even, we need to compact the 3/4″ crush tightly so it can sustain a substantial amount of weight without sinking.
For this, we use a tampering device, a tamper machine and a manual hand tamperer for small sections that the machine can’t reach.
Step 4: Putting in the HPB (High Performance Bedding)
During this process, we make sure that the surface is flat so that the final pad will be flat and even (this process is called grading).
At this point, we tamper the surface once more before going on to the next step.
Step 5: Placing the interlocking stone
This part is pretty straight forward. There is a lot of technique involved, especially when it comes to the pattern, the cuts needed on the sides, etc… but for the purpose of understanding what is done in this step, it is straight forward, we are putting the interlocking stones onto the pad and then putting them in place.
Step 6: Putting polymeric sand
Now that the stones are put into place, the next step is to put in the polymeric sand. Polymeric sand does two things: (1) It seals the stones together (not to be confused with “sealing” an interlocking pad, which is another process completely) to make it more durable, and (2) It fills up the gaps in between the stones to prevent weeds from growing in between the stones.
This step has to be done on a dry day since the polymeric sand cannot come in contact with water until after the step is completed since it hardens when it’s wet.
Step 7: Finishing touches
We’re all set! The interlocking pad is pretty much done. We finish it up with a few finishing touches such as metal siding for backyard pads, stone steps for walkways, and
Are you looking to get an interlocking pad (either a driveway, walkway, or backyard pad) done? We service most of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) so give us a call and we will help you get this started.
How Long Does An Interlocking Pad Last?
How long an interlocking pad lasts depends on how well made it is and what you use the pad for.
If you like to play backyard bowling and frequently drop the bowling ball onto the interlocking stones, it’s going to it’s not going to last as long as one that you would use for monthly family barbeques.
Typically, interlocking pads we make last several decades.
Do You Supply The Stones Or We Purchase Them Ahead Of Time?
Typically our clients choose and purchase their own stones and our quote does not include the cost of material (we can suggest several stone suppliers).
They get the stones delivered to their home before we start the job or during our excavation process.