Installing Pavers

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Installing Pavers

Installing pavers for a patio is a great way to live a green lifestyle. This article give you the basic installing information.

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An outdoor patio is a great way to add elegance and value to your home. Patios also provide additional living space during good weather and they greatly enhance your overall landscape and the curb appeal of a home.

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An outdoor patio can either be a freestanding structure or area that is set away from the rest of your home or it can be attached to your home. Either way, a patio is a great place to relax or entertain guests.

A major part of creating your outdoor patio will be installing pavers. There is a wide variety of patio pavers available. The three main materials used to make these pavers include brick, stone, and concrete. Beyond that, pavers are available in many different sizes, colors, and shapes to give you a wide range of design flexibility.

Possibly the best news about installing pavers is that for many people, it can be done as a weekend project without the use of contractors. Installing pavers yourself will save you quite a bit of money. However, it's important that you have plan and prepare properly so your patio's floor looks the best it possibly can.

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Installing Pavers - Base Preparation

Long before you can begin installing pavers for your outdoor patio, you'll need to decide on a material and the pattern, color, and size of your patio pavers.

Your choice should reflect your personal taste and should blend well with the rest of your home. Paver designs can be elegant or fun and elaborate or simple. To get a wide variety of ideas, check out garden magazines or browse the internet for pictures.

Before installing pavers, you'll also need to calculate the the square footage of your patio so you know how many pavers you'll need to purchase. Next, you'll need to remove all the grass and other debris from your yard. You will also want to use marking paint or string to create the outline of your patio.

Once the patio area has been marked, you can begin excavation. Depending on the type of paver that you'll be installing, you will have to excavate to a depth ranging anywhere from 4 to 9 inches.

One of the last steps you'll have to take before installing your pavers is to build the frame for your patio's edge. This will be done with long lengths of board.

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Installing Pavers - Base Materials:

Before you'll be able to install the patio pavers, you'll first need to lay down a base material for the pavers to sit on.

If you are using brick, concrete, or stone pavers, you'll want to use gravel or sand as a base material.

A gravel base consists of a mixture of small rocks and dirt and should be laid 1 - 3 inches deep to ensure your pavers don't move or shift when placed.

A sand base consists of sand and cement. If sand is used as a base, you should lay it at least 2 inches deep.

It's also important to note that the depth of your base material will change based on the slope of your patio.

If your patio sits on a totally level area, the depth of the base material will remain the same. If there's a slope, you'll have to lay additional base material in order to create a level area.

Before you begin installing your pavers, you'll also need to compact your base material.

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Installing Pavers

Installing Pavers - Laying Patio Pavers:

Creating a straight line with string before installing pavers is a good idea as it will help to ensure that your pavers are laid straight and even.

You'll want to begin setting your patio pavers at the right corner of your patio.

Lay the first row of pavers from right to left and install the following row from left to right. You will need to have a rubber hammer on hand in order to lightly pound your pavers into place.

This will insure that pavers won't move as you continue your installation. After all pavers have been placed, you can install a mixture of sand and cement to fill gaps between your pavers.

Once you are done installing pavers, you'll need to build the patio structure itself. If you decide to build the structure yourself, there are a number of kits available that contain all the materials you need as well as step-by-step directions to get you through the building process.