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Homeowners in Bergen County, NJ, and beyond have a long list of questions surrounding what they can and can’t do with their hardscape surfaces. How can I safely and efficiently install pavers on my property? What about the new patio you’ve always wanted to install? Can you make all of this happen within the confines of an HOA?

The Tribeca Masonry team is here to help answer your most burning questions — and some you haven’t even thought of yet!

Unfortunately, no. The surface may feel hard enough to support concrete pavers, but the dirt and clay ground remain prone to shifting and resettle over time, thus ruining the paver and requiring extensive — and expensive — repairs.

We recommend using crushed stone or quarry process stone for your base layer. Laying a base of 4 to 6 inches of well-compacted stone provides a stable foundation for nearly every type of paver installation, depending on the existing soil conditions.

The thickness of your base material determines how deep you need to dig. Digging about 4 inches deep for sidewalks and patios is good for your paver base. Driveways tend to require you to go deeper — usually 8 inches depending on the soil conditions.

Preventing weeds from growing and upsetting your pavers starts with a landscape fabric layer. Lay the fabric across the base after you finish the compaction process.

Polymeric sand is simply a granular sand material placed within the cracks and joints between stone pavers as a means of interlocking the units and preserving the beauty and integrity of the pavers.

No, Bluestone’s natural stone and texture add to its toughness and anti-slippery feature. That’s why it is quite safe to apply it in areas where the surface is more likely to be wet and slippery.

Bluestone pavers are more expensive due to the natural stone quality than concrete pavers. However, concrete pavers’ price ranges are very extreme, with some prices being as high as the natural stone.

If the stains are found on one to two pavers, you can simply replace them with new pavers to save you the hassle. Depending on the style of the paver, you can even have it flipped over instead of installing a brand new one. Suppliers also often have specially designed cleaners made to remove tough stains on your pavers!

Sealing your pavers isn’t a requirement, but it does offer multiple benefits. Sealing your concrete pavers help make spills and stains easier to remove. Sealers also soak into the joints between your pavers and help protect them from weeds, ants, and other potential damage.

Interlock is the inability of a paver to move independently from its neighbors. Interlocking is the key to the overall strength of your pavement system. The process causes the loads to spread over a larger area instead of where the load was directly applied.

The components include the base, bedding sand, sand in the paver’s joints, and edge restraints to contain the pavers at the perimeter.

Yes! According to, landscaped patios raise the value of your property by roughly 12.4%. You can expand your living space and enjoy spending time with your friends and family all year round!

If your landscape features sharp gradient changes, a retaining wall is a feature well worth integrating. It provides essential structural support to large masses of soil, and when thoughtfully designed, retaining walls can prove an attractive focal point for your backyard.

Yes, efficient drainage remains a crucial part. When it goes unaddressed, hydrostatic pressure builds up behind the wall and causes damage like bulging or cracking that will require repairs.

From unrivaled beauty, easy upkeep, and long-term cost efficiency when installed properly, paving stone installations are becoming more apparent and utilized by cost-efficiency-minded homeowners. Pavers are created from natural materials and produced without artificial additives.

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