When you think of laying stones, you may think the process is easy. When you drive through your neighborhood and see the beautiful landscape of paved walkways, you may look at the beautiful stones and think of how wonderful they would look in your yard. You may also think laying stones would not take much time, and the tools, if you need any at all, would be lying around in your garage. While the thoughts are optimistic, they are false. Unless you are already a professional landscaper, it is doubtful you carry the proper tools and knowledge to ensure a job well done.
Laying interlocking stones is not an easy task. A vast knowledge and an array of tools are needed. Not only do you need precise attention to detail, you will need a well thought out plan.
Some parts of the process include:
· Planning the area. Looking for anything that could hinder the process such as tree roots.
· You will need to demolish parts of the area. This involves debris that needs to be properly removed.
· There is the preparation of the ground itself. The ground needs to be checked for flexibility in order for the stones to remain in place.
· Cutting the stones to fit in precise positions
Proper planning ensures the stones will lay flat and secure, the paving stones are cut evenly, and that the stones can withstand being cut.
If you do not get the correct stones, cutting them could lead to them falling apart. Cutting stones requires certain tools. If you do not already own these specific tools, they will either have to be rented or purchased, and they are not cheap.
You will also need tools to prepare the grounds. You will need bonding components and a knowledge of how the bonding component is used in order to ensure the stones are tightly interlocked.
Hiring a professional will keep your landscape looking the way it should.
It will ensure:
· The stones are laid properly
· The debris is hauled away properly
· The right tools for the job are used to ensure great work, and
· A professional will have the experience and working knowledge to ensure the job meets certain standards, meets longevity, and instills beauty to not only your home, but your neighborhood.
Do not let your optimism get in the way, costing you thousands of dollars, wasted time, and a lengthy headache. Be logical and hire a professional.