How To Install A Patio

Patio installation can significantly change the appearance of your outdoor space. With the addition of pavers, you can create a wonderful space where you can meet your friends and family. Here is how you can install a patio.

Take measurements of the area where you want to install the patio - This will help you figure out the amount of materials you need to install the patio so that you don't buy too much or too little material. The best way to determine the area where you want to install the patio is to determine the square footage.

Mark the area - You need to outline the perimeter using a string. This will give you a clear picture of the final appearance of the patio. In addition, it will ensure that you are preparing the entire area where the patio should be installed.

Excavate the area - You can dig up to 6 inches in order to remove the top soil and get some room for the patio pavers. However, the depth that you dig will depend on the thickness of the pavers as well as the amount of gravel you want to put in there.

Add gravel - You need to pour 4 - 6 inches of gravel into the excavated area, and use a plate compactor to compact the gravel. You can spray some water to allow the gravel to compact better.

Add sand over the gravel - You need to add sand over the gravel and make sure that it is level. Also, it is important to note that the sand should be finer than the gravel.

Start laying the pavers in your desired pattern - You should begin at one corner, and make sure that the blocks are as near to each other as possible. You can use a rubber mallet to make sure that the pavers fit well in the sand.

Install patio edging - Once you finish installing the pavers, you can now install edging, which comes in different materials like wood, metal, or plastic. The patio edging helps in making sure that the pavers remain in the right place.

Use sand to fill the spaces between the pavers - You need to use polymeric sand to cover the paved area. Make sure that you use a broom to spread the sand until it fills all of the cracks in the pavers.

Compact the pavers - Lastly you need to compact the pavers to ensure that they sit tightly on the ground. Once you finish compacting, spray some water to activate the polymeric sand. Be careful not to overspray the area.

These are the steps you can take for a simple patio installation. Of course, with the help of a remodeling contractor, a whole host of options open up to you. A contractor can help you create the outdoor space of your dreams without having to learn the complexities of installation.

For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Michael's Flooring & Remodeling.