Pavers for patio are specifically manufactured for use in outdoor spaces, thus, the use of durable materials like concrete, brick and stone.
The final result of installing patio pavers is a smooth, durable and attractive pathway and flooring for the outdoor space.
Many things can go wrong with using patio pavers, however, so it’s always important to be systematic about it. Keep in mind that these are permanent structures in many ways that will require time, effort and money to dismantle if you find them to be an eyesore. Here are the simple 1-2-3 steps in designing, purchasing and then installing pavers for patio.
Step 1: Designing the Patio Floor
The most important part of the process is the design of the patio floor for many reasons. You want to ensure that the patio pavers chosen are of the right size, shape and color, among other product specifications. Otherwise, you will end up with a patio that was not according to your plan maybe even an eyesore that must be removed immediately lest somebody suffers a stroke from just looking at it.
So, how do you start with the design process for paving the patio? We suggest the following sub-steps:
- Determine the purpose of the project. You will then be able to choose the texture, color and size of the patio pavers depending on your stated purpose. For example, if you are paving the patio to improve mobility on the pathway, then cobblestones are not the right materials – concrete or bluestone pavers are better.
- Determine the final look. You will want to choose whether the final look is rustic, contemporary, tropical and other themes. We suggest drawings, sketches and even pictures to give your abstract ideas their concrete forms even on paper. Your choices in patterns, by the way, include herringbone, running bond and basket weave, to name three.
Of course, if you are using pavers for patio, you must measure the patio itself. You will then be able to estimate how many pavers are necessary to fill out the space and, thus, anticipate the expenses.
Step 2: Purchase the Pavers
Once you have made the plans, you can start looking for the right patio pavers. You can also combine the planning for the design of the patio floor with looking at the available choices in these products.
When purchasing the patio pavers, you must ask about return policies in case of breakage, damage and other valid reasons for returning the pavers. You should also ask about professional installation services if you are not confident about going the DIY route.
Step 3: Install the Materials
The DIY steps for the installation of patio pavers are so easy that it would be a shame not to try your hand at it at least once. The steps are simple, indeed: install the base of crushed stone, set the bed of sand, place the mortar and set the pavers. If you have experience with dry-laid methods as well as mortar techniques, the job is easier.
And there you have the three simple steps to pavers for patio areas.