There are a lot of guys that are real proud of their ability to do their own work around the house, they call themselves DIY’ers, or Do It Yourself’ers. They watch all kinds of TV shows on remodeling homes, fixing plumbing, and doing landscaping projects. However, pouring concrete can be one of those big projects that tend to scare the average guy because of the permanent reminder of any mistakes you make. Once they back that big truck up and start pouring, you’d better be ready.
There is however, another way to cover your patio and not only are the results nicer than cement, but it’s easy enough that anyone can do it, but not without the help from a trusted paver patio company. That’s right, we’re talking about paver stones. Let’s take a look at how to get started laying out your own beautiful patio using nothing but pavers and some good old hard work to create that beautiful hardscape you always wanted.
Paver Stones Solve Some Of The Biggest Problems Concrete Has
One of the worst problems with concrete is that, after a little while, it tends to crack. Then, the longer it remains, the bigger, longer, and uglier the cracks become until you have to replace the entire slab. This happens for several reasons, many times the earth underneath the area is unstable, there are giant tree roots lifting from below, or there weren’t enough expansion seems in the original installation. Some of these problems are preventable, but fixing a broken slab usually requires a huge amount of work digging up the old slab and pouring a new one. This will cost double, or more, of the price of the original concrete job because of the extra work.
On the other hand, pavers take perfect care of all of these problems. Since there is technically a seam between each paver they are infinitely flexible, to a point. Obviously, you can’t have a tree root lift your pavers into the air, but a half inch won’t break anything. Also, if you need to dig up a couple of pavers and re-level the ground beneath them, you can do so in an afternoon and be good for several more years even in a bad location. Tree roots will always be a problem and you can’t cut them all down or you won’t have any shade. But, if you cover your patio with pavers, the movement won’t create unsightly cracks and everything can be fairly easily repaired for very little money.
Almost Anyone With Enough Patience Can Lay Pavers
If you take the time to read the instructions, and maybe watch a few informational videos online, you’ll be able to lay pavers yourself, unless you’re like me and don’t wanna deal with all the work involved. Personally, after finding out how much labor it actually takes, I hired my friend Paul, the owner of Hardscapes Indianapolis. The first key is to roughly sketch out the area and then use a garden hose to mark it. After that, you’ll need to excavate the entire space deep enough so that you can fill in a gravel layer as a solid base under your pavers. You should always have a slight slope to the pavers that you install so that the water will continuously run off to the sides. You’ll not want any puddles or pools of standing water after each rain.
Next you’ll want to put in some edging material that’s designed to keep the pavers together and prevent their separation. There are many materials that work, like pressure treated timbers, plastic edging, metal and even precast concrete made for just this purpose. Then spread some sand over the entire area so that each paver has something to be embedded into.
Now, you can lay your pavers, it’s a slow job, but there is no hurry like there is when you pour concrete. You can take your time, take breaks and even come back the next day to finish if you like. Still, you should be able to painstakingly lay a huge patio in a day, working at a steady pace. Once all the pavers have been laid, then you spread a light layer of fine sand that fills in the cracks between pavers, use a broom to make it easier.
That’s all there is to it, it’s not hard to do, and you can take all the time you need to do it right. If you make mistakes or the ground moves, you can always take a few hours and fix the problem on any nice afternoon. Now you can see why pavers are so popular since they’re easy to lay, look fantastic, plus they are repairable quickly and easily for a lifetime.…