Paving your patio can be a daunting task especially if you don’t have the experience for it. Whether you’re keen on doing it yourself or having a contractor do the paving for you, here are 5 tips on paving and planning for you.
- Note the size, shape, and function of the space you’re going to pave.
This will guide you in choosing the right paver type, finish, and design for your patio. If it’s an uncovered walkway that will have a lot of foot traffic, you might opt for a weathered-looking or embossed paver rather than a smooth one to provide enough friction. A rougher paver surface also helps prevent slip and fall accidents especially when the surface is wet.
- Consider the existing color scheme of your house.
Pavers are available in solid, blended, and heritage colors. The safest option is to pick a solid one but try and play with the color combinations. You can also have different designs on the paver and the laying pattern itself can create an interesting look and blending of the colors.
- Decide whether you’ll be laying your pavers directly on the ground or on a thin concrete base.
While pavers can be directly laid on the ground, most installations done this way have pavers sinking, creating an uneven surface. Unless you’re sure your yard is incredibly impervious to impressions and sinking, it’s best to simply have a concrete base.
- The edges are just as important as the pavers.
When it comes to a paver patio, it’s the edges that ultimately hold the pavers together. So, make sure the edges will be done properly to prevent the edges from coming loose or moving in its place.
- Keep a few pavers for repair and maintenance.
While pavers can last for decades, some do come loose over time and crack. To save time and effort, keep the excess stored in a cool, dry place so you can easily replace broken ones.