Install Patio Paver Blocks
Patio paver blocks are also known as paver bricks or pavers. It is a carved stone or poured concrete bricks that interlock in order to create an artfully designed surface. You can simply create this project on your own if you have the knowledge of using a few simple tools and you can even see some samples of the paver bricks available at your local garden centers or home improvement stores.
What you need:
- Work plan
- Measuring tape
- Wooden stakes
- Metal rake
- Landscaping fabric
- Paver bricks
- Firstly, it is recommended that you draw a work plan when creating your brick patio and do your measurement of the patio correctly on how much space you will need for the patio whether a rectangular, ovals or curvilinear shape designs.
- Then, choose your preferred paver bricks in order to fit your landscaping theme and ask for advice from the employees at the home improvement stores on how many paver bricks you need to cater for your design.
- Your paver brick patios must at least have a base of 4 to 6 inches of gravel beneath them. This is for the purpose of drainage usage, to provide stability, and prevent damage during freeze/thaw cycles. The size of the hole that you must dig is at least 7 to 9 inches deep. However, if your patio is right next to your house, you need to slope the patio away from the house for at least 1/4 inch per foot in order to have a much proper drainage.
- Next, measure the middle of your site by holding a length of twine taut against the earth on either side of the excavation before you start to measure from the twine to the bottom of the pit. Then, tamp the dirt so that the soil will be compact and level.
- After that, you need to lay the landscaping fabric on the bottom of the excavation to prevent weed growth.
- Next step is to pour in gravel before raking them flat and tampering them. You must cover the gravel with 1-inch of sand before raking it flat and tampering them down.
- Install the patio\’s edging whether it is made of plastic, metal or wood so that it can help hold the paver bricks in place and also prevent weed growth or even grass from creeping into the edge of the patio.
- Then, lay your paver bricks beginning with the corner and work across the patio site. Ensure to measure frequently so that your work fits the pattern that you have drawn earlier. The bricks must be laid down flat and level, plus you must leave at least 1/8 inch space between each brick.
- Once finished laying down the bricks, dust the patio with sand and sweep it across using a broom to fill in the spaces between the bricks. This step needs to be done frequently over the course of the task in order to make the sand settles into place.