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How many edging stones do I need?

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Using edging to form the border of a patio or driveway is practically a requirement when installing pavers because, without them, the units can sink and shift after a while. 

Edging stones add an angle of elegance to your project while maintaining everything secure and in place.

But, how many edging stones do you need exactly?

Calculating how much material a project needs can be difficult, after all, you don’t want to buy less or too many. That’s why we will help you.

In this article, we’re gonna cover everything you need to know about edging installation and help you out with the mathematics

Paver edging
Edging is not only functional, it’s also nice on the eyes.

How many edging stones do I need?

It’s not easy to calculate how many edging stones are necessary for a project, so to figure out an estimate on how many blocks you’ll need, you need to do some math. 

The first thing you need to do is measure the perimeter of the area you want to cover. If some of the boards touch another solid surface, you don’t need to lay edge stones there. 

After measuring the perimeter, choose the edging stone and measure it. Take the perimeter number and divide it by the measure of the edging stone. 

The calculation’s result may be a very long decimal number, so round up slightly to have your final number. 

Don’t forget to add more stones to the purchase, after all, a lot of material can get lost or break during the installation. If you don’t want your edging stones to run out in the middle of the process, then buy at least 5% extra.

Do I need to edge my paver patio or driveway?

The answer to this question is simple: yes, because edging is a fundamental part of any paver installation, they are responsible for locking everything in place and preventing the pavers from shifting. Without edging, your pavers will be more likely to spread and sink after a while and weeds and moss-growth between the cracks are more likely to happen too.

Installing an edge along the whole perimeter is mandatory. The only exception to this case is when your pavers are installed with the edges in contact with another solid surface, like a wall, driveway edge, or a curb.

Edging can expand the lifetime of your project and make sure that your pavers stay in excellent condition for much longer, without cracking, shifting, or lifting.

How do I keep my pavers from moving?

As you can see, edging is super important when installing pavers, but, of course, the paver edging installation must be done correctly for it to work. And with that in mind, you will need to purchase edge restrainers.

Choosing the edging restrainer type

The shape of the area is what will determine the best option, you can choose between rigid for straight edges, or flexible for round shapes.

Securing the edging restrainer with spikes

Usually, the majority of edging restrainer options comes with spikes to secure them into the ground. They are usually made of steel and they should be placed 8 to 10 inches between each other and must be completely buried into the ground in order for all the system to be secured.

Covering the edge restrainers

Functionality is the main goal of paver edging, so after your pavers are installed, you can cover the edging supports so you won’t be able to see them.

Can I install edging pavers by myself?

You can, but you have to keep in mind that the best way to avoid any problems during the edging installation process is to hire a professional.

Another thing to keep in mind is that professional skills are a guarantee that your project will have a higher quality and that your paver system will be installed properly. 

JS Brick is a company that specializes in the supply and installation of pavers, whatever you need, we’ve got your back. If you live near Sarasota and Manatee, call us right now for a free consultation.