Using crusher dust under paving is the correct way for a paving installation

Ending the Plastic Myth: Why Crusher Dust is King for Your Paving Project

At QPave, we’re passionate about creating beautiful, long-lasting patios, walkways, pool surrounds and driveways for our customers.  One question that frequently comes up is whether we use plastic sheeting under the pavers.  The answer? No way! While it might have been a common practice in the past, plastic sheeting actually creates more problems than it solves.  Let’s look at why crusher dust is the better choice for your paving project.

The Problems with Plastic

Trapped Water:  Plastic acts as a barrier, preventing water from draining naturally through the sub-base. This trapped moisture can lead to several issues, including:

Paver movement: Over time, the trapped water can freeze and thaw, causing the sub-base to expand and contract. This puts stress on the pavers, leading to shifting and uneven surfaces.

Mould and mildew growth: Constant dampness under the pavers creates a breeding ground for mould and mildew, which can be very ugly and possibly harmful.

Paver deterioration: Many paving materials, like concrete, can actually deteriorate when constantly exposed to moisture.

Poor Drainage:  A properly constructed paving installation relies on good drainage to prevent water from pooling on the surface. Plastic sheeting blocks this natural drainage process.

Reduced Stability:  Plastic creates a smooth surface that prevents the interlocking of the bedding material (like crushed stone) with the sub-base. This reduces the overall stability of the paving installation.

The Power of Crusher Dust

Crusher dust, a recycled material made from crushed rock, offers many benefits for your paving project:

Good Drainage: Crusher dust allows water to drain freely through the sub-base, preventing the problems you get with trapped moisture.

Improved Stability: The interlocking nature of crusher dust creates a strong, stable foundation for your pavers. This helps prevent shifting and movement over time.

Environmentally Friendly: Crusher dust is a recycled product, making it an eco-friendly choice for your project.

Plastic Myth Ended

While plastic sheeting might seem like a quick and easy solution, it can lead to many problems down the road.  For a beautiful, long-lasting paving project, crusher dust is the clear winner.  It promotes proper drainage, enhances stability, and is a sustainable choice.

Ready to get started on your dream paving project?  Contact QPave today for a free consultation and quote!  We’ll work with you to design and install stunning paving  that will add value and beauty to your property.

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