Installation

Installing RutGuard™ is a simple process that results in a long-term solution. Most required or suggested tools can be purchased or rented at your local hardware, tool, or home and garden supply store. 

PREP | EXPAND | FILL | DRIVE

 Download our Installation Guide here or read below to follow the steps.

It is important to note that RutGuard™ will take the shape of the pre-existing surface. Prepare the site accordingly to create a level surface that supports drainage. Simply expand the panels within the given area and fill and compact with your choice of material (gravel, sand, rock, etc.) and the surface is immediately ready to walk or drive on. Download a copy of our installation guide or view our installation overview video.

Required Materials
  • Geotextile Fabric* | suggested non-woven material
  • Zip Ties* | to connect sides of panels
  • Infill Material | gravel, rock, sand, etc. 
Unsure of which infill to use? Check out our FAQ page here.
    Suggested Tools
    • Wooden / Rebar Stakes | to hold cells open when filling
    • Shovel, Rake, or Tractor | to fill and spread material
    • Plate Compactor or Hand Tamper | to compact material at the surface
    Procedures

    Prepare SitePrepare Site

    Prepare sub-grade of the installation site by removing rocks and debris from the site and grading the area as needed. RutGuard™ will mimic the surface that it is placed on top of. If there are bumps and holes, RutGuard™ will follow the same shape. 

    Geotextile Fabric

    It is recommended to use a non-woven geotextile fabric below RutGuard™ in order to keep the material in place. Lay the geotextile fabric directly over the prepared surface where the RutGuard™ will be installed. 

    Connect & Expand Panels

    Set the panels in place and drive a wooden stake through the corner cell. Connect the panels if installing more than one panel, by lining the panel edges up and connecting them with zip ties. 

    Pull the panels out to the desired dimensions of the area. Panels are easily able to be cut to desired dimensions using a standard box cutter. 

    Fill & Compact

    Fill the cells with your choice of infill material. Overfill the cells by about 1". For support on choosing an infill material, click here. Compact the surface with a plate compactor or hand tamper. Repeat this step until RutGuard™ is no longer visible; the RutGuard™ panels should not be seen.

    Drive

    RutGuard™ is immediately ready for use after the cells are filled and compacted.