Installing a gator-based patio typically involves using Gator Base, which is a type of base material designed to replace traditional aggregate or compacted gravel bases for paver installations. It can simplify the installation process and help ensure the long-term stability of your patio.

Materials in this kit are based on installing on a pre-graded surface.

Here are the general steps to install a Gator Base patio:

What you will get:

  • Gator Base panels
  • Paver stones
  • Sand
  • Paver edging
  • Landscape fabric

What you will need:

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Tape Measure
  • Mark the area where you want to install the patio using stakes and string lines.
  • The designated area must be graded to an approximated 2% grade.
  • Clear the area of any vegetation, rocks, or debris.
  • Dig down to a depth that accommodates the thickness of the Gator Base panels, the pavers, and a layer of sand. This typically means excavating about 7-8 inches below the desired finished surface of your patio.
  • Lay down landscape fabric over the excavated area to prevent weed growth.
  • Place a layer of sand on top of the landscape fabric. The thickness of this layer will vary depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations, but it’s usually around 1 inch.
  • Lay the Gator Base panels over the sand layer. Make sure they fit tightly together with no gaps. If needed, cut the panels to fit using a utility knife.
  • Use a level to ensure that the Gator Base panels are perfectly level. Compact the Gator Base panels using a plate compactor. This compaction is essential to provide a stable base for your patio.
  • Start laying your pavers on top of the compacted Gator Base. Arrange them in your desired pattern and design. Use a rubber mallet to tap the pavers into place and ensure they are level.
  • Install paver edging around the perimeter of the patio to hold the pavers in place. Secure the edging in place using spikes or stakes.
  • Spread a layer of sand over the pavers. Sweep the sand into the gaps between the pavers to fill the joints.
  • Run the plate compactor over the pavers to settle them into the sand and create a level surface. Add more sand and repeat the process if necessary until the joints are filled and the pavers are secure.
  • If desired, apply a paver sealer to protect the patio and enhance its appearance. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the sealer.
  • Once the patio is complete, you can now enjoy your beautiful and stable outdoor space. Remember to follow the specific manufacturer’s guidelines for the Gator Base panels you are using, as the installation process may vary slightly depending on the product.