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Do it yourself paver patio install?

Do It Yourself Paver Patio Install?

Building a paver patio is one of the most valuable home improvement projects you can undertake.

A paver patio not only provides a great place to unwind but it also adds extra value to your home. 

If you’re considering building a paver patio in your home, you may be wondering what steps you’ll need to follow to complete the project.

Below Is an 8- Step Guide to Installing DIY Paver Patio

Step 1: Planning and Layout

The first step is to create an outline of the area where you want to install the pavers on graph paper. This will help you calculate the number of pavers needed to complete the project. 

Keep in mind that the area needs to have a gradient to allow water to run off the pavers. 

Step 2: Excavation

The second step is to calculate the total depth of excavation needed and dig out the area where the pavers will be installed. Remember the slope should be at least one inch for every eight feet of the paver patio. 

Once you’ve dug out the indicated depth, compact the ground with a compacting machine. 

Step 3: Base Material

Lay out the base material to a thickness suitable for the planned use. Typically, crushed gravel is used as the base material for paver patio installation. It’s recommended that the base material is divided into three layers and use a plate compactor to compact the layers properly.   

Step 4: Edge Restraints

The next step is to install edge restraints that will prevent the pavers from moving and separating. 

Step 5: Sand Bedding

Lay out a layer of bedding sand over the compacted base material. This layer should be between 1 and 1.5 inches thick. 

Step 6: Laying Pavers

Lay the pavers in the pattern and design that you’ve planned for and use a mechanical plate compactor to set the pavers into the sand bedding.

Step 7: Sand Joints

Sweep fine-grained sand over the pavers so as to fill up the joints and lock the pavers into place.

Step 8: Sealing

Sweep the newly paved patio and seal the area with a good sealant. Sealing your paver patio will prevent the growth of vegetation/weeds between the joints and prevent stains. 

How Long Does It Take to Install A DIY Paver Patio? 

It will take only one day to install pavers on a small patio but a paving a larger patio can take up to five days.

Bottom Line

A properly installed paver patio can extend your living space and make your home seem bigger, provide a great entertainment spot, and add value to your home.

While DIY paver patio installation can save you money, you should only consider going the DIY route if you know what you’re doing. You should never undertake paver patio installation using trial and error because you’ll end up doing a shoddy job that needs to be redone. 

If you need help with paver patio installation in your home, get in touch with a licensed and experienced contractor.