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Designing and Installing A Patio Paver

patio paversDesigning and Installing A Patio Paver

A patio paver is a valuable asset to any home. Nothing could be much better than enjoying your beautiful landscaping and the fresh air that comes with it. But you need to have a well hardscaped place for the magic to begin.

Grass and dirt are a poor surface for tables and chairs. Landscaping rock as well as pea gravel are simple and economical to install, however, they have a tendency to scatter. Concrete slabs are expensive and labor intensive. However, there’s a compromise and these are patio pavers installed together with a product referred to as polymeric sand.

Materials and Tools Needed To Install Patio Paver

The materials you need are spikes, plastic edging, landscaping fabric, polymeric sand, paver sand, paver base or crushed stone, as well as pavers.

The tools you require are broom, tape measure, bubble level, hand tamper, wheelbarrow, shovel or spade, wood stakes, twine or string, PVC pipe, lumber, utility knife, dust mask, landscaping edging tool, leaf blower, hammer, masonry chisel, and rubber mallet.

A patio paver Charleston is excellent DIY projects. The best solution to managing the seams between the pavers is polymeric sand. It pours like sand but it will solidify like mortar. The idea behind polymeric sand is you have to install the pavers on the gravel and sand base then sweep it across the top so that you can force the sand right into the seams. All of the polymeric sand should be removed from the paver surface well before you wet the patio pavers with water. The water will react with the polymeric sand and it will form a cohesive and tight joint.

Design an Appealing Patio

Patio pavers rely on their base. You must have a layer of paver base and crushed gravel that’s about five inches. And then add a one inch layer of paver sand on top. The pavers will then reset on the sand and then the polymeric sand will be swept in the seams in between the pavers. The length and width of the patio will be multiplied by the needed material depths would let you know how much sand and gravel base you need.

Add a stake at every corner of your desired patio site and the run the string around the stakes so you can form a rectangle or square. You should then dig the patio perimeter area. Once that’s done, you can remove the string but still leave the stake in place.

The next thing you should do is to dig the inner patio area and then add the landscape fabric. The next step is to add the gravel base and the sand base layer before you screed it. You should lay the patio pavers and the cut the patio pavers before you add the plastic edging. Once these are done, you can add polymeric sand.


Call Porter Hayes Landscaping LLC now if you need professional help in installing patio pavers.


Porter Hayes Landscaping LLC
Charleston, SC 29419
(843) 532-3270

Porter Hayes Landscaping LLC
2170 Bees Ferry Rd #3 Charleston SC 29419