The pavers in your walkway, patio or drive are actually part of an interlocking system. This system includes a base, bedding sand, pavers with sand in joints, and an edge restraint to contain the pavers at the perimeter. Each of these components must be maintained properly to preserve the pavers from shifting and moving.
Edging is the most important part of this system, it keeps the pavers from spreading caused by the force of foot traffic, cars and ground movement. It should be installed along the entire perimeter of all paved surfaces except where the edge comes in contact with another hard surface such as vertical wall, concrete curbing or driveway edge.
When the edging fails, the pavers move, the joints open up and the interlock is lost. Over time the pavers will continue to spread, shift, sink and lift. This allows the gaps to become bigger and lose the integrity of the interlock system. This also creates places for debris to collect and weeds to grow. If the problem is not addressed the damage will spread and repairs become very costly and at times the entire job has to be redone. Common causes of edging failure is improper installation. In cold areas the edging will heave and lift due to the freeze thaw cycle. Heaved edging also causes water damming not allowing the water to continue to properly flow off pavers.
APECS, advanced paver edge containment system offers the solution to these problems. APECS is the first containment system of its kind, it offers strength and durability and simple installation. It’s the only system on the market that offers a ratchet and strap system to squeeze and contain the edging from shifting and heaving keeping the pavers from separating and compromising the interlock system.