How To Expand A Concrete Patio Using Pavers

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If you find that the concrete patio you currently have just isn't sufficient for your needs, but installing a concrete extension is more effort than you're willing to undertake, you might want to think about using pavers to expand your patio. Pavers are pre-manufactured and available in a range of colors, shapes, and patterns. They are also easy to install and will work well with many different landscape designs. By adding pavers to the edge of your existing concrete patio, you can get the extra space you want without too much trouble or expense.

What You Will Need

  • Pavers

  • Twine

  • Hammer

  • Wooden Stakes

  • Shovel

  • Compactor

  • Gravel

  • Sand

  • Landscape Edging

  • Spacers

  • Rubber Mallet

  • Level

  • Garden Hose

  • Broom

Step 1. Test the layout you want for the pavers by setting them out on all sides of your patio to decide how much bigger you want each side of the patio to be. You can experiment with the arrangement until you have the size and shape you want. Remember when you're doing this to take into account the quarter-inch gap you have to leave between pavers. Now use wooden stakes and twine to define the area you want to expand into and remove the pavers for the moment.

Step 2. Use a shovel to dig out any grass, plants or landscaping around the current patio. Put these materials aside so you can use them later elsewhere in your yard. When you're excavating in this area, make sure that you dig down 6 inches further than the height of your patio pavers.

Step 3. Add 2 inches of gravel to your excavation and then use a compactor to tap it down. Then add another 2 inches of gravel and tap this down as well.

Step 4. Install landscape edging on the inside walls of the excavated area. Anchor the edging by driving in the spikes (that come with the edging) along the outside of your paver area.

Step 5. Add 2 inches of sand to the excavated area and use the compactor on this as well.

Step 6. Position one of the pavers on the sand right next to the edge of your current patio. This paver should be just slightly higher than the concrete. If it's not, you need to add sand, compact it and try again.

Step 7. Start placing the pavers on the surface of the sand. It's best to begin at one corner of your patio. Lay the pavers out in rows, making sure that you leave a 1/4 inch gap between all of them. If you're having trouble consistently maintaining the spacing, use spacers to help you. Set each paver in place by lightly tapping it with a rubber mallet.

Step 8. Make sure that you are keeping the pavers level with each other as you install them. You'll have to make adjustments as you work, tapping one paver down harder if it's too high and adding sand underneath another if it is too low. Keep doing this until you have put down all the pavers you need.

Step 9. You can now remove any spacers you used. Lightly spread sand over the surface of the pavers and use a broom to sweep it into the gaps. Use a garden hose to spray across the surface so the sand will settle. Then add a little more sand and sweep again. For assistance, talk to a professional like Santerra Stonecraft.