Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to move forward with plans to construct your dream hardscape by installing Techo-Bloc pavers.
Techo-Bloc is known for offering high quality, durable and absolutely stunning concrete pavers that look exactly like natural stone at a fraction of the cost. Techo-Bloc pavers are also recognized for being easy to work with and install.
In order to successfully install the pavers on your own, though, you need to know the proper steps to take and to have all of the necessary tools and equipment on hand. The purpose of this post is to make sure that you’re fully prepared for the undertaking.
Everything You Need to Install Techo-Bloc Pavers
Here’s a comprehensive list of the things you’ll need in order to complete a Techo-Bloc paver installation in NJ without a hitch:
One of the great things about Techo-Bloc is that it provides complete instructional guides on each of its many product offerings. These instructional guides are easy to find and download on the Techo-Bloc site, and further tips, advice and instructions can be found in our blog or by talking to one of our experts.
The Stamp of Approval
Before you can take any further steps to installing your Techo-Bloc pavers, you’ll need to schedule a time for your local utility provider to come out and assess your property. They will let you know if there are any underground pipes, cables or other utilities that will need to be avoided.
The Perfect Pavers
Because Techo-Bloc pavers are so long-lasting and durable, it’s important that you take the time to pick concrete pavers that you will continue to love throughout the years. Visit your local Techo-Bloc dealer to see real-life examples of the types of pavers that are offered or to request samples to see how the manufactured stone will look in comparison to other landscaping and architectural features throughout your property.
Once you’ve settled on your perfect concrete pavers, request an installation kit from your supplier. These comprehensive kits will come with all the pavers and related materials required to easily install the units, as well as instructions for creating specific designs and patterns throughout the installation process. Most customers agree that these kits are very easy to use and work with.
Regardless of whether you’re installing a driveway, a patio, a walkway or other surface, you’ll need to excavate the project area prior to doing any further work. Make sure that you consult with an expert to determine the exact, required depth for the work.
For smaller projects, you may be able to get by with a shovel or spade, but the majority of larger undertakings require the use of heavy-duty excavators. This may mean that you need to budget some extra cash to rent special equipment.
As you consult your Techo-Bloc installation guide, you’ll notice that the manufacturer specifies certain grade or slope increments that must be adhered to for successful project completion.
Because most of our customers are unfamiliar with grading, we generally recommend that you consider purchasing or renting equipment that can help you to accurately grade the project area.
Each layer of your base and subbase must be firmly compacted for project success. Doing this by hand can be extremely taxing, so considering renting a vibrating plate.
Crushed stone is an essential component to any hardscaping project, and it’s the most reliable and affordable material that can be used as a base for Techo-Bloc concrete pavers. Make sure to consult your installation guide to see whether or not specificly sized stones are necessary. Talk with your supplier or make use of a reliable online materials calculator to determine how much crushed stone to buy.
Moisture can be very helpful throughout the compaction process. Because of this, we urge our customers to spray down crushed stone and other base materials with a hose prior to compaction. This will make the process much faster and easier.
Sand is ideal for creating a bedding for concrete, Techo-Bloc pavers. The pavers will lock into place for a reliable project area. Talk to your supplier about which type of sand to use for bedding.
Many homeowners like the look of symmetrical, square or rectangular concrete pavers. There are many others, though, who prefer irregular cuts. Even if you are sticking with squares, you may find that one or more stones don’t quite fit into your pattern.
These are all valid reasons for picking up a concrete saw. These tools make it easy to cut and shape the concrete pavers so that they work within the scope of your project.
Obviously, you need reliable mortars to hold the pavers together. We urge you to consult manufacturer specifications to make sure that the mortar is compatible with the stones and will keep your finished project in place, even when exposed to NJ weather.
You’ll need a broom to sweep off any remaining sand or mortar and clean the pavers.
Although it’s not required, both ourselves and Techo-Bloc recommend that users consider finishing their project out by applying a sealcoat to the newly installed pavers. The right sealcoat can help to further protect the concrete pavers against the effects of the elements, scraping, scratching or staining. Make sure that you follow manufacturer instructions when choosing and using a sealant.
Because of the high power tools and equipment used throughout the installation, it’s a good idea to invest in safety equipment. Wear gloves when using shovels, and always use safety goggles and a hard hat when using a concrete saw or large, heavy duty excavation equipment.
Need a Contractor?
After considering the different skills and tools required to complete the work, you may decide that you’d rather hire a professional to handle the installation for you. If this is the case, it’s important that you are selective and take the time to find a contractor that’s familiar with Techo-Bloc products.
Throughout the years we’ve worked with numerous local contractors and have developed a sense for “who’s who” in the world of landscaping. We’re more than happy to point you in the direction of a reliable, honest and affordable contractor that will be able to handle the installation quickly and efficiently.
Buying Techo-Bloc Pavers in NJ
As an authorized Techo-Bloc dealer, Braen Supply is the largest, most trusted Techo-Bloc supplier throughout NJ and its surrounding areas. We carry a complete inventory of Techo-Bloc products that can be viewed at our stone yard.
We’re happy to discuss your goals and help you to choose the best concrete pavers for your needs. We can also provide you with detailed advice on the installation process and will make sure that you walk away with all of the tools and equipment required to pull off your project successfully and affordably.
Our Techo-Bloc pavers and related installation tools and equipment can be picked up at your convenience or can be bulk delivered to locations throughout NJ, NY, NYC and PC.