Pavers may be the easiest patio surface to install yourself.
Pavers are set on sand or crushed concrete rather than bound with mortar. You can even lay pavers on top of your existing patio if it’s level and in good condition, so there’s no need to break up the old patio or excavate the ground.Here’s an overview of the job:
- Settle on a style. Pavers come in dozens of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Concrete is the most popular kind of paver, but they also come in marble, clay and travertine. Decide if you want a natural stone patio, a faux-stone look, an old-style cobblestone floor or a classic brick appearance. The most versatile size is 4-by-8-inches because they’re easiest for forming a variety of patterns.
- Get the proper permits, if required, from your city before starting the work.
- Design your patio. Decide where you will place the pavers, the size of the floor and how many pavers you’ll need.
- Unless you’re laying pavers over an existing patio, you’ll probably have to excavate the area.
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