Tile Tech’s paver tiles are known nationwide for their easy installation and longevity. Customers choose our porcelain pavers for their hardscaping needs because they know they can significantly reduce the man-hours needed to install, thereby reducing the end cost. When it comes to Tile Tech’s pavers, there are two main installation methods: sand-set installation and mortar-set installation. In this blog, we’ll be discussing all things sand-set installation, including the installation process and its benefits.

1. What is sand-set installation?

Sand set is one of several installation methods for porcelain pavers and other outdoor paving tiles. In sand-set installation, sand is used as a grounding base to keep tiles in their place. Porcelain pavers installed using the sand-set method are suitable for both pedestrian and vehicular applications, and they’ve been used for sidewalks and plazas throughout Europe for decades. Whether your project is a residential driveway or a commercial plaza, restaurant, or hotel, sand-set porcelain pavers are a durable and beautiful paver deck solution.

2. The sand-set installation process

Sand setting is a preferred way to install porcelain and concrete paving tiles since it’s easier to complete than mud-set installation. First, the dirt underneath the pavers will be compacted and a coarse gravel sub-bed will be added to prevent settling and movement over time. Then, a one-to two-inch layer of sand will be placed on top of the gravel layer. The pavers are then laid over the sand and tapped into it. Additional sand is then poured over the tiles and spread with a broom to fill the gaps between pavers, acting as a type of grout. After that, your new porcelain pavers are ready to be used.

3. Benefits of sand-set installation

Sand-set installation is a popular installation method because it’s so much easier and more economical than mortar-set installation. It has a lower overall cost, and it’s more accommodating of repairs down the road. With sand-set installation, you can more easily repair, replace, or adjust your pavers. With mortar-set installation, adjusting or repairing pavers is much more of a hassle and has an additional expense. 

If you’re undertaking a hardscaping project for your home or business, look no further than Tile Tech Pavers for all of your paving tile needs. With hundreds of paving tiles to choose from and an easy-to-install adjustable deck system, you can create your dream landscape design in just a matter of hours and at significantly less cost than alternative hardscaping options. Give us a call at (888) 380-5575 or fill out our online contact form to learn more about our product inventory or get started with an order. We’re always happy to provide you with a free catalog, product sample, or quote for your next project.