Prest® Brick & Prest® Paver Installation Guidelines

Many installation designs can be achieved with Hanover’s Prest® Brick. A classic, tailored appearance can be created with Traditional® Prest® Brick or a more rugged look can be achieved with Riven Prest® Brick. With a wide range of different sizes, colors and finishes to choose from, design possibilities are endless. The correct product shape, size, and laying design selection are far more critical in a vehicular application than a pedestrian application. The size, shape, thickness of the paver, and the laying design are among the first considerations. The correct setting bed, base, edge restraint, and product are equally important. Each project is unique and requires examination of the project requirements.

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Step 1. Excavation

Remove the sod and soil to a depth of approximately seven inches. This would allow for approximately 4" of compacted base material, 3/4" setting bed, and 2 3/8" Prest® Brick.

Step 2. Aggregate Base

Replace the soil with approximately 4 inches of crusher run (compactible material which ranges in size from 3/4" to dust) for pedestrian and 6-8 inches of crusher run for low speed, residential vehicular applications. This will affect the depth of excavation.* Compact and level the base in 2" lifts, leaving a very slight grade away from the house. This provides a firm base for the pavers and water drainage from your home’s foundation. Compact the base and provide a slope of 1% to 2% (1/8” to 1/4”) away from foundation.

Hanover® Prest® Brick can be used for low speed limited vehicular traffic where the frequency of vehicles is of low volume. The product style, thickness, laying pattern, setting bed, and base must be appropriate for the type of application. To help minimize pathing where vehicles travel over the same area continually, raking cement into the base approximately 6’ in front of the garage will help reduce the potential for pathing. Please contact a Hanover® representative for recommendations.

Step 3. Sand Setting Bed

Now spread 3/4" coarse, angular sand conforming to ASTM C33 (ie: concrete sand, the type used for the fabrication of concrete) over the completed base using a straight edge to level. Work with as large of an area as possible at one time. Carefully level the setting bed as it will determine the success of your installation. Establish elevations so Prest® Bricks lay 1/4" higher than the finished height. The tamping process which follows will create about 1/4" surcharge. Now you are ready to install your Prest® Brick according to the design you have chosen. For best results, Prest® Brick can be installed from several cubes at one time. Take product from the ends rather than layer by layer.

Step 4. Laying the Prest® Bricks*

Prest® Bricks should be installed maintaining a maximum 1/16" joint as provided by the spacer rib and must be contained by structure or the use of an edge restraint placed along the perimeter. Spikes for the edge restraint should be installed into the compacted crusher run; not soil. Edge restraints are available from Hanover® Architectural Products. Once the Prest® Bricks are laid in place and all cuts are finished, place the edge restraint around the installed Prest® Bricks and then apply joint sand (sharp angular sand, concrete sand, or polymeric sand). Be sure there is sand over the surface of Prest® Bricks prior to using a vibrating plate compactor to prevent surface scratches as you vibrate the bricks into the sand bed. The final step is to sweep sand into the 1/16" open joints and vibrate a second time.

*Refer to next slide if installing Prest® Pavers

Step 4 Continued. Laying the Prest® Bricks*

Prest® Pavers should be installed maintaining a maximum 1/8” joint and must be contained by structure or the use of an edge restraint. To install Patio Pavers, Slateface Pavers or Brickface Pavers for residential use, follow the guidelines for Prest® Brick, except DO NOT tamp the pavers into place with a vibrating compactor. These pavers DO NOT require vibration. Also, none of the Prest® Paver styles are appropriate for any vehicular applications, regardless of the size of the vehicle or frequency of the traffic.

Commercial applications will require examination of the project requirements and the appropriate Prest® Paver size and thickness. Base preparation, edge restraint and their specifications are also important and must be given consideration. An architect, landscape architect and/or structural engineer should be consulted to develop a specification for the individual project.

Garden Walling Installation Guidelines

Hanover® wall units can be used to create anything from garden walls and pillars to outdoor kitchens and fireplaces. As with installing unit pavers, the correct base and setting bed are critical to creating a solid, long lasting installation. Walls can be laid with or without adhesive, but it is suggested. Assuming normal conditions, maximum wall height for most Hanover® wall applications is 36”. Higher elevations require engineering design.

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