Sanding gaps in paver patio--what is "bad" install???

loves2readMay 18, 2013

how consistent should the amount of sanding between pavers be?
there are some on our newly repaved-with-pavers-lanai that look like they have almost no sand between pavers and other areas where the sand is flush to the pavers' edges...
more gap areas than flush areas on the lanai
edges are on either a poured footing or something that won't move like pool coping or house and are mortared down
so "creeping" will be minimal but aesthetics and ability to trap moisture/dirt is increased with more gapping to my mind...

the driveway done at the same time with same brand of pavers (but different color and style/pattern) has much more consistently fully sanded seams between pavers than the lanai...
the lanai was laid over the original concrete patio which was not cracked/buckling so there is smooth base under the pavers...

can't post photos here--don't upload to any site to link to
but just want to know what the tolerance for gaps is

with granite I know some people accept larger gaps in seams--
I had great granite guys that did my home remodel and seams were minimal--1/4 inch or less...
had friend who had her kitchen done and she has noticeable seam that is maybe 3/8 of inch--and was told that was "good" job...

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