If you will be installing GraniteCrete for the first time—or it has been over 1 year since you last installed GraniteCrete—it is essential that you call us at 1 (800) 670-0849.
GraniteCrete representatives will be on-site for the installation at no cost as part of our Quality Assurance Program.
Please review our guide: GraniteCrete Pre-installation Checklist.
Full installation instructions are available in the Spanish language here: Instrucciones para la instalación – Método “seco”
When GraniteCrete is installed correctly, there is no better surfacing solution for your landscaping project. GraniteCrete excels in appearance, durability and permeability – it performs like no other paving solution! To get the best out of GraniteCrete, it is important to follow the installation instructions on this page carefully from the start – putting in the base rock – to the finish – curing GraniteCrete.
The installation of GraniteCrete is a unique process. While not difficult, it is different from installing either loose decomposed granite or concrete. This page explains the process for installing GraniteCrete. To the right is a video that will show you the steps for installing GraniteCrete, and below is a detailed set of written instructions. You can also download the instructions to print them out.
Moisten and compact base rock on entire installation area to an even depth of 4-inch or 6-inch, depending on residential or commercial application.
A vibratory plate can be used to compact the base rock; it should not be used to compact the GraniteCrete.
Lightly moisten the material with a hose end trigger sprayer attachment; avoiding puddling. Rake area lightly to evenly distribute water throughout the mix.
Install second layer as above and screed at one inch above finish grade; when doing this, make sure to pay particular attention to the edges to ensure even material height, and lightly mist to dampen mixture.
Mist until both layers are damp. Proper moisture is achieved when clenching your fist with the mixture it stays compacted and the color can be seen on your hands.
After optimum moisture content is achieved for compaction, initial compaction can be performed by walking on the edges and corners, and through use of a 6” wooden masonry float, a 10” hand tamp, or a 36” water-filled lawn roller.
Pay particular attention to corners and edges to ensure tight compaction.
Make sure to keep all tools clean at all times.
Remove final imperfections and/or add texture with a medium-bristled broom before final compaction with a lawn roller. If desired, lightly pass a medium-bristled broom over the surface to remove any slight imperfections, and then roll several times with a water-filled 36” lawn roller.
With larger installations, a 36″ lawn roller less than one ton in static position can be used.
Make sure with both applications, the drums are kept clean at all times. Be sure to remove the spoils off the finished surface.
Using a hose end trigger sprayer attachment, moisten the entire newly-installed GraniteCrete area – avoid puddling.
To discourage cracking, moisten newly-installed GraniteCrete on a daily basis, as practical.
Slow curing of GraniteCrete is important to avoid cracking.
Make sure there is no direct application of uncontrolled water (e.g. irrigation or sprinkler water) prior to final curing.
If the installation will take longer than one day, cold joints can be used at the end of the work day. Examples of cold joints are shown here and here.
Cold Joint Methods
Method Three: (Suggested for large open edges at the end of the work day)
Disclaimer: Use of installation professionals trained by GraniteCrete personnel is recommended for best installation results. GraniteCrete, Inc warranties the quality of our admixture. GraniteCrete, Inc. cannot warranty any installation work. GraniteCrete, Inc. cannot be held liable for any costs or expenses to fix, repair, or redo any installation, or direct or indirect personal injury, property damage or other costs or losses resulting from the improper or incorrect application or installation of the GraniteCrete product.
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