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Installing a Paver Patio: Everything you need to know

Updated on July 1, 2017

Yes, you can easily build your very own beautiful paver patio that looks like a professional builder made it. Instead of spending time to look for professional builders and paying them, you can now focus your attention on personally achieving your ideal design for a paver patio, and even reduce the cost of installing pavers for patios.

Instead of paying professional builders, the additional money can be used to purchase more quality materials for this project. There are a lot of patio stones designs to choose from, depending on buyer’s choice. Putting your money on this – rather than in paying a patio installer – will ensure that your installation is really worth it.

So, how do you install pavers for a patio? If you are up for the challenge of doing this task by yourself, there are some basic guides on how to install pavers for a patio.

Here are some tips to help you properly build your own paver patio.

1. Prepare for the paver patio installation.

All well-executed projects rely on good preparations. Have you already planned a layout for your paver patio? Then you're off to a good start. Just make sure that your design must be consistent with the measurements of your patio. If you don’t have a layout yet, then go out and take some measurements.

Since you’re the boss of your own project, don’t be afraid to be creative in thinking of patterns and designs. Just make sure that your design must be harmonized with the overall feel or theme that you would like to achieve. Keep in mind that a properly planned layout will provide an easy way to lay a patio.

Also, make sure to have all the necessary tools readily available to avoid delays in your installation. Have the basic tools like shovel, rake, level, plate compactor, and other equipment necessary for the paver installation. Also, prepare enough supply of paver stones, sand or soil, and other materials for this project.

Your safety should be a priority as well, so don’t forget to put on some safety glasses and gloves for your protection.

2. Clean and lay the base properly.

A neat-looking paver patio depends on a neatly prepared base. Make sure that the area is well excavated, and that elements like stones or grass are removed. The base should be clean, flat, smooth, and deep enough in preparation for putting the paver stones. You may lightly wet the soil and let it dry to make it more solid.

To aid in creating a sloped paved patio that will provide water drainage and prevent flood during rainy days, the base should also slope away from the home.

A landscape fabric can be placed as a cover on the base to prevent instances of weed growth and soil sagging, which might cause paver tiles to become uneven in the future. Also, this fabric may add smoothness to the base, which will provide an easy way to lay a patio.

At some point, securing the borders of the construction might be necessary. Installing an edging around the parameter of the base using wood or additional stones would help prevent dirt and other elements from entering once the base is already clean. This edging will also provide support on edges once the paver stones are already placed.

3. Lay the paver stones carefully and creatively.

With the base already prepared, it’s time to lay the tiles for the patio. This part requires more carefulness and patience. You can be precise by using a chalk in drawing a line where to put the paver stones. The spacing in between the paver stones will depend on your desired pattern and on the number of paver stones purchased for the installation. Make sure to lift stones when moving them, and avoid dragging them to maintain the smoothness of the base.

Spread enough sand or soil to fill up the gaps between the stones. Putting enough fillers in the gaps will provide additional security in the placement of the stones. Wet the sand or soil a bit to make it solid.

At times, simply putting the paver stones on top of the base won’t ensure the flatness of the patio surface. For this, a plate compactor may be used after all the stones are in place. You may spread additional sand or soil just before using the plate compactor to provide more fillings in gaps.

In laying out the paver stones, you may want to start on the side nearest your home, and work from it outward. This way, you may work on developing a paver that can slope away from your house for water drainage.

There may be instances when paver stones – especially those lying in the edges – need to be cut and resized for them to fit. You may use a marker to properly identify where to resize the paver stones.

4. Be patient in installing your paver patio.

Installing a paver patio may look easy given these steps, but some of the procedures are difficult and labor-extensive. The amount of effort for this project may differ depending on the size and type of paver patio to be installed, so be fully prepared to face this. Immense patience is needed for this task.

You may ask for assistance from a friend or relative in case there’s a need to lift heavy stones or operate complicated equipment.

Make sure that the paver patio installation is done on a bright sunny day so that you’ll have enough sunlight for the project, and avoid doing it during winter or rainy days to prevent interruptions during the construction.

With these tips, you can now do your window installation just like how professional builders do it.

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