Your paving work isn’t complete without the proper tools. Levels, screeds, straight edges, and altimeters all ensure that you get a smooth and adequately measured job done. Screeds and straight edges are invaluable tools for those installing concrete pavers. A screed is a long, flat board with a handle at one end that is used to level off a surface, while a straight edge is used to check that the surface is level and smooth. Both of these tools can help to ensure that the pavers are laid correctly and that the finished job is neat and even. 

Without the use of these tools, the installation of pavers and slabs can be difficult, time-consuming, and potentially lead to an uneven finished surface. Therefore, it is important to use screeds and straight edges when laying concrete pavers in order to guarantee a professional, attractive result.  

At Pave Tool, we sell every paving and grading tool you may need, from a lightweight aluminum screed to the Ziplevel Pro-2000, designed to map your terrain and help you understand setting heights and grades. The Quick-E Wall Screed and the Quick-E Screeding Package are two suggested buys for anyone looking to get their screeding done quickly and efficiently. If you’d like to find a screed for hardscaping, we have a whole hardscaping equipment collection full of hardscaping tools that are sure to help you get your job done and done right.


What are screeds or straight edges used for?

Screeds and straight edges are invaluable tools for those installing concrete pavers. These tools ensure that the pavement is level, without any bumps, dips, holes, or cracks. This step is an important part of the paving process, and making sure that a proper screeding bar is available can be the difference between straight ground and a lumpy, misshapen patch of concrete.

What is the best way to screed?

The best way to screed is to first lay the pavers, and then run a board over the top. The board should be wider than the pavers and it should be adjusted as needed to make sure that all the pavers are even with each other. Finally, use a level to ensure the pavers are all at the same height before the screeding is completed. Taking these steps ensures that your concrete pavers will be properly and evenly screeded for years to come.

To do screeding most efficiently, you should do it in sections, screeding it in batches. This allows a more consistent result from the screeding. If you run into any voids or gaps that can’t be reached, you should continue to screed. Complete the process until the slab is done.