Brick Patio in Syracuse NY: Brick Paver Base
What is the most important part of installing a Brick Patio or Walkway? The Base. The base consists of the the materials that go under the brick and forms a solid foundation to build on. Without a solid base your bricks will move around and create an uneven surface that will collect water and be unsightly. Installing a proper base for a walkway or patio requires excavating the area from 8 to 12 inches depending on the area. This part of the job can require an excavator or bobcat to do the work depending on the size of your project. Of course you can always dig by hand!
Patio Base Details
As everyone who lives in the Syracuse, NY area knows, we have a great fluctuation in temperatures as the year goes by. This results in many freeze / thaw cycles that your brick base will go through. Unlike down south where they can just throw the brick down on an inch of sand, we need to install a deep stone base for all of our brick patios, walkways and driveways to support the bricks and provide a solid foundation.