Hire An ICPI Professional Paver Installer For Your Hardscaping Project


With all those DIY home improvements shows all over cable, many homeowners have begun to think that they can tackle any project. While some handy homeowners may be able to take on some basic projects, hardscaping is best handled by a professional paver installer.

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While those programs and some websites make laying pavers look like an easy do-it-yourself project, the fact is, to properly install hardscaping is challenging. The job isn’t just digging a hole, getting some sand and a hammer, and laying pavers, it’s actually much more complicated than that, and if done improperly, it can cause damage to your home and property.

Let’s look at why it’s essential to work with a professional paver installer, and why when you’re looking for a contractor, ICPI Certification is important.


The ICPI is an American trade association first founded in 1993. ICPI stands for Interlocking Concrete Paving Institute, and it is a certification that guarantees that any tradesman holding it, is professional, capable, experienced, and knowledgeable.

The installer must take courses on concrete paver installation and is then tested to become certified. They must score 75 or higher to pass. To apply, the applicant must provide documentation that they have installation experience on at least five projects and 10,000 square feet. Once certified, the subject must take 8 hours of continuing education courses and renew certification every two years.

An ICPI Certified installer uses the best products to create your hardscape, is experienced and professional. When an ICPI Certified Installer installs your project, you can rest assured that your job will be sturdy, durable, and able to survive anything mother nature throws at it!


The ICPI has set strict guidelines for the installation of interlocking concrete pavers. A certified installer works carefully to prepare the site and install your hardscaping properly. Their goal is to create a hardscape that is functional, aesthetically beautiful, and will last a lifetime. A professional will work closely with you to design your project to carefully match your home’s design and color scheme and make sure it fits perfectly into your surroundings.

Site preparation is a vital element of a successful installation. A professional paver installer has the knowledge, expertise, and tools to do the job right the first time. They understand how to prepare the site for proper drainage to protect your home from water damage. They also grade your site to create a level installation and design and install retaining walls or other hardscape structures to keep your family safe and your yard looking beautiful.

Next, they’ll work closely with you to choose the perfect materials for your project. A professional paver installer only uses the highest quality materials. The materials found in those big box hardware stores may look like a bargain, but their not. A professional chooses materials that are designed to stand up to wear and tear, and the weather for years. The average life-span of a professionally designed hardscape is typically 25 to 30 years or more. This is because of the quality of materials used and the expertise in installing your patio, driveway, walkway, pool surrounds, retaining walls, and other hardscaping.


When you hire an ICPI certified installer, you can rest assured that your project will be appropriately handled every step of the way. From helping you to define your creative vision to preparing a complete estimate, to developing a design,  to site preparation, and installation, a professional paver installer will handle every aspect of your project. And it will be done with care, professionalism, and make sure that none of your property is damaged during construction.

An ICPI certified installer has been taught the skills and guidelines to do the job correctly, the first time. They have invested often years in learning their trade, and have studied hard to achieve certification. When you hire an ICPI Certified professional, you can be sure that your hardscape will be beautiful, durable, functional, and will literally last a lifetime!


If you live in the greater San Francisco Bay area, give the experts at Bayside Pavers a call. Our professional crews are known for their highly skilled craftsmanship and top quality work. We’ve built our reputation by completing our projects on time and on budget, plus we warranty our work for a full 5-years.

Whether you’re looking to add curb appeal, value, enhance a new construction project, or add pavers to your residence or business, we’re always happy to talk to you. We offer a free consultation to provide you with cost-effective solutions for achieving your creative vision, whether it’s a patio, courtyard, retaining wall, driveway, or any hardscaping project.

If you’d like to learn more, and you live in the greater Bay area, visit one of two locations. Our location in Concord, CA, at 2455 Bates Ave, Ste K, services East Bay and South Bay homeowners. Or stop by our Santa Rosa, CA, location at 1619 4th Street Ste 12 for help with your North Bay hardscaping projects. Give one of our knowledgeable team members a call at (866) 287-2837 today!

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