What is it?
Gator base is a lightweight (1.5 lb/unit), high-density, polypropylene pad that replaces the crushed stone base for all pedestrian interlock stone – use on patios, stairways, landing areas, balconies, pathways, sidewalks, around pools and around garden sheds. This easy to install 2’ X 3’ unit is a no brainer!
Why use it?
It saves you time. Gator Base saves 5” of needless excavation. Installation time takes minutes.
It saves you money. No need to purchase 5” of crushed stone, special equipment, trucks or drivers to excavate and haul material away.
It’s environmentally friendly. The polypropylene pad won’t degrade in the ground over time. With the money you save on trucks, you’re also saving the environment from unnecessary truck emissions.
Each unit of Gator Base replaces 240 lbs of crushed stone. There’s no need to break your back shovelling stone.
Gator Base is extremely durable as it is engineered to withstand the harshest environmental conditions. One Gator Base unit acts like 18” of crushed stone as a thermal blanket. It is 3 times more effective than stone as an insulator thus significantly reducing the freeze and thaw cycles. Don’t believe it? Check out our yard at 30 Dumart Place in Kitchener, where we installed Gator Base and put it to the test.
Still not convinced?
If access is difficult or restricted and construction speed is critical, than Gator Base is the way to go. Its lightweight unit makes transporting to tough spaces a breeze.
Bottom line – Gator base is a no mess, no hassle, money saving, revolutionary way to build your patio.
Easy to Install
Step 1: Excavate the new Gator Base area
- Depth of excavation will be determined by adding the following elements’ depths: geo-fabric, 1” of bedding sand, Gator Base (3/4 in), and your paver’s height
- Excavation should be 6 inches wider than the final paved area
Step 2: Level and compact the base
- Once excavation is complete, level the area of native soil using a screeder (can use a rake or shovel) ensuring the area is as smooth as possible
- Create a slope of at least 1 degree away from any structure, such as a house
Step 3: Add the geo-fabric and levelling sand
- Lay down the geo-fabric and cover the entire excavated area
- Spread an even layer of sand to a depth of 3/4 inch over the fabric
- Level the bedding sand, and compact it using a hand or plate compactor until a final height of 1/2 inch is obtained
Step 4: Install the Gator Base
- When laying the Gator Base, be sure to lay it over the entire excavated area, including the 6 inches beyond the pavers
- Lay the Gator Base according to a staggered pattern while ensuring the tongue and groove system is locking
- Trim any visible curves or protruding angles using a utility knife
Step 5: Install the pavers and edging
- In order to avoid damaging or displacing the Gator Base when installing the pavers, it is recommended to create a path with pieces of plywood to walk on
- Lay the pavers in your selected pattern
- Use a rubber mallet to adjust the pavers
- Make sure the Gator Base is 6 inches wider than the paved surface
- Install edging on the Gator Base, making sure it rests firmly against the pavers and drive a nail into the edging holes through the Gator Base