Installing brick or paver patios are the best investment for improving the landscape and outlook of your yard. Careful selection of the brick pattern and color while keeping in mind the matching backgrounds in your surroundings is very important, but it may go waste unless the patio is installed carefully. Though not tough and complicated, ignorance of basics in installation can ruin the patterns besides reducing the life of the patio.
Below is a simple set of steps to be followed for installing a paver patio by yourself or through a hired help:
Selection of Paver Patterns
Selecting the correct design of bricks is influenced by the construction skills of the personnel involved. It is easier to lay a regular, geometric pattern as compared to an irregular one because following a design from the booklet is easier in the former case. A combination can also be used but the quantity of irregular pattern stones has to be carefully considered.
Preparing the Land
The life of any paver patio is dependent upon the time and care spent in preparation of land. It is important on two counts; firstly, the land must be leveled so as to avoid any deformations and breakages. This may necessitate digging a bit deeper to reach a firm, level ground. Secondly, the soil needs to be treated with herbicides in order to avoid the risk of weeds growing through the gaps in bricks at a later stage.
Practice the Pattern
It is always helpful to first lay a set of bricks on ground with a view to understanding the area requirement and the final look it would give. Although the patterns can be altered even while installation is underway, it affects the overall stability and land preparations if you lift the bricks time and again to conform to a new design.
Filling the Gaps
Once you have laid down the paver pattern, you need to ensure that the gaps between bricks are correctly filled. Usually, this is done by the ordinarily available sand but using polymer sand in its place is beneficial in terms of greater endurance and durability of your patio. The polymer sand is expensive but it is virtually maintenance free and you do not have to be worrying about filling the gaps every year.
Cleanliness improves the look of your yard and has a great impact on extending the life of your patios. Periodic maintenance to remove dry leaves coupled with sweeping off the dirt at regular intervals is important. You may also be required to take care of grass and weed growing through the cracks of pattern and the gaps between bricks may lose their filling sand over time and need to be refilled. Remember it is the maintenance that would ensure your investment in paver patio to be rewarded.
Paver patios are easy to install and maintain and can be perceived by weekend warriors as a DIY job but it’s not a project for the novice. It is highly recommended to hire a professional like the Stone Man to get the job done to exceed your expectations. You’ll enjoy your new outdoor living space for years to come.