Updated: Jan 20
A gorgeous backyard balcony or patio encourages a cheerful vibe, whether it's a small patio or an expansive space favorite spot in your home. A lovely patio necessitates beautiful pavers. Brick, concrete, flagstone, marble, travertine, porcelain, rubber, and even plastic are all examples of pavers. It's perfect for driveways, patios, pool decks, and other outdoor constructions. It provides some benefits and has it wholly designed with pavers added to more significant such as inviting and relaxing space, guest area, and beautiful house decor.
Today, let’s learn how to install patio pavers in your backyard and extend your living area to the outside. Installing jack-on-jack or running bonded paver designs is the easiest. Here are the simple steps:
· Create a paving design plan first; there are various paver pattern ideas that you may check online or on Pinterest Board. For a standard patio installation, you'll need to lay multiple layers of patio pavers.
· Mark the layout with strings and batter boards. Use a line level to ensure that the strings are level and that the form is square.
· Make sure you're getting the proper slope. To create and check the slope, use a 4-foot level with a 1-inch block of wood affixed to the end. If at all possible, take advantage of your yard's natural slope.
· Remove the dirt and sod. You may consider using a sod cutter, and to remove the soil, consider using a hand tamper or plate compactor for easier and faster pavers installation.
Laying Patio Foundation
· After the prep, lay the foundation. It requires a gravel paver base. Apply the gravel in 2- to 3-inch layers, wet it, then use a plate compactor to compact it. Remember to keep the slope steady.
· Build a retaining wall; it helps to contain the patio.
· Place a PVC for proper leveling of the sand. Remember to remove the pipes before laying patio pavers.
· Screed or level the sand and produce a flat surface by pouring paver sand and pulling a straight 2-by-4 along the pipes. Remove the PVC pipe and continue the process as needed to cover the entire area with a sand bed.
Patio Pavers Laying
· For laying the patio pavers, start at a hard edge. Next, put the pavers along the layout's edge and continue placing the pavers and leave a slight gap between the stones — 1/4 inch in this case.
· Check the level constantly and keep the proper slope using a straightedge. You may use a rubber mallet to tap them down.
· Start placing and installing the paver. If necessary to cut the blocks to fit in the area using a circular saw and concrete blade, cut the blocks. Remember to use edging or paver restraints around the perimeter, with spikes every foot or so.
Fill up gaps between pavers with sand. Polymeric jointing sand has compounds that help pavers stay in place better than plain sand. To polish the patio pavers beautifully, clean or remove any excess sand.
Installing Patio pavers may seem complicated, but your husband can do this and create a beautiful space in your home. If not, you ask a general contractor for the estimation and installation. Don’t forget to add garden décor such as fountains to enhance your outside space. For a pop of color, add plants and other elements. It is also ideal to have your living and dining areas outside with outdoor furniture and a barbecue.