A paver deck is one of the most popular solutions for increasing the backyard living space. The hardest part is figuring out how to make the project happen. We’re going to show you how to build a paver deck so that you can find your own style, build a wood patio cover at home, and get things done in no time. A paver deck is a great place to add extra storage and seating space and increase the value of your home. It’s attractive, low-maintenance, easy to replace should something happen, and an excellent way to build a deck without having to worry about jacking the house up. A paver deck is a beautiful way to extend your patio, sunroom or other outdoor area. These decks are popular because they have a natural stone look and take very little maintenance. A paver deck can be built on any surface, but they are most common on concrete slabs. You will need to use a power washer and pressure cleaner to clean the existing concrete slab before laying pavers. Keep reading to learn five easy steps for building your own paver patio deck.
It’s been said that a home’s backyard is its homeowner’s pride and joy. If your backyard needs a facelift, however, it can be hard to know where to start. It’s best to have a clear goal in mind when you begin: are you looking for simply a place to sit with your morning coffee, or do you want a space where you can entertain large groups of friends? What kind of shape will the area be in? Will it need drainage work? Is there electricity nearby, or will this be all-natural (no candles, please)? These are all questions we’ll help you answer during our guide, but first let’s take stock of what we’ll actually be building.
Prep the site.
The first step is to prepare your site. This means removing all grass and weeds, as well as any debris that might get in the way of your project. You also need to level the ground so you’ll have an even surface for pavers to rest on. Once you’ve done this, it’s time to check for drainage issues and make sure there are no electrical wires or pipes near where you’ll be working. Leveling tools such as a spirit level or water meter can be helpful here if necessary.
Measure the area that needs paving (make sure this includes 6 inches around all sides) and then clear away any gravel or other materials that may already be onsite. If there’s room for it, spread a layer of 4-6 inches of gravel over the entire area before starting work; otherwise just remove any existing gravel from around trees and shrubs so they don’t hinder construction later down the line! After leveling out any areas where there may be dips or holes left by previous foot traffic/pets etc., use a compactor to flatten out loose stones and compact them together tightly enough that they won’t shift when wetted down later during installation process.
Lay the base.
Lay the base.
Whether you’re building a paver deck for your home or for a business, you’ll want to prepare the foundation before laying down your pavers. To do this, remove any grass and weeds from the area where you plan on building the deck. Then prepare the surface by adding sand and leveling it out with a rake or shovel. Add another layer of sand, sweep and compress it into place with more raking and/or stomping on it until it’s level again (this might take several days), then add yet another layer of compacted sand that will serve as a barrier between each paver piece when they’re installed. Now cut all your pavers to size so that each one fits snugly into place without gaps or overlapping edges—this is especially important if there are any uneven surfaces underneath them since this may cause cracks after installation due to weight distribution issues caused by different thicknesses in certain areas where concrete hasn’t been poured yet—and finally begin laying them down onto their respective places along your walkway.
Cut the pavers.
Cut the pavers.
- Use a diamond blade to cut the pavers, which works well for most types of stone. If you’re cutting soft stones such as sandstone or limestone, you can use a masonry saw instead. For harder stones like granite and marble, you’ll want to use a wet saw with diamond blades so that you don’t chip away at the edges during installation. You can also use this method if your pavers are already installed in their desired location and have been leveled properly; simply measure out ¾” from each side of each paver and draw lines on them with chalk or marking paint so that they line up perfectly when joined together in rows (this will make sure there are no gaps between them). Then hammer chisel points into place along those marks until they’re deep enough that they’ll hold firmly while still being able to be removed later without damaging either surface too much by removing all at once if necessary–it’s important not only because it makes things easier now but also because it allows future repairs or maintenance work much simpler later on down road.
Sweep and compact the sand.
- Sweep and compact the sand. Use your broom to sweep all excess dirt and debris off of the paver surface, then use a tamper to compact it. You’ll want to start at one end of your patio area and work your way across, using the tamper in short strokes like you’re mowing grass with a push mower.
- Rake smooth edges with a rake. Once you’ve finished compressing the entire site with your tamper, go over it again with a rake to ensure that everything is smooth and level (this is called “breaking joints”). If any areas are left uneven after this step, use a shovel or trowel to level them out before moving on to step 4.
Lay the pavers.
Lay the pavers. Spread a 1/2-inch layer of sand on the ground and place the pavers in a grid pattern. Lay them so that their edges are slightly staggered with those of adjacent pavers, to give you more room for error when you cut them to size later on.
Lay each paver flat, then use a straight edge to trim it with your circular saw before lifting it up and laying it in place again. Repeat this process until you’ve laid all of your paving stones into a desired pattern or shape (such as herringbone or brick).
Add polymeric sand.
You will need to apply a layer of polymeric sand, which is a special type of sand that is designed to bond with the pavers. The base should be done before applying this layer.
To apply the polymeric sand:
- Pour it out on top of your base and spread it around in an even layer using a rake or other tool (a trowel can also work). Try not to leave any gaps or holes between each piece of paver—this will make it easier for water to seep through them later on down the line when you’re paving over everything else! Be sure that every paver has at least some contact with some sort of surface so that water doesn’t pool up underneath each one or else they’ll start falling apart over time due their weaker connection together as part
Sweep and spray clean with a hose.
Sweep and spray clean with a hose.
Remove any debris, then rinse with a hose.
Remove any excess water, but be sure not to leave the wood wet for long periods of time as this may cause mold growth.
Let it dry overnight or longer before finishing with a sealer to protect it from UV damage and stains (if needed).
A properly installed paver deck will outlast all others in your neighbourhood, increasing your property value and making you the envy of friends and family alike.
Pavers are much more expensive than concrete, but they are also more durable, attractive and environmentally friendly. Pavers can be cleaned easily with a pressure washer, making them easier to maintain. A properly installed paver deck will outlast all others in your neighbourhood, increasing your property value and making you the envy of friends and family alike.
The first step is to lay the decking on top of a base layer made from concrete or asphalt. This base layer should be 3 inches thick if you plan on having it professionally poured by a contractor. If you want to do it yourself then 4 inches will work better than 3 inches since this is typically how much space there is between each paver when laying them down tightly together side-by-side during construction process.
I hope this guide has helped you get a better understanding of the steps involved with building a paver deck. This is a great project for do-it-yourselfers who are up for a challenge and have the necessary tools to get it done. Many people choose to hire professionals, however, as the work can be time consuming and labor intensive. If you’re still hesitant after reading this post, I suggest speaking with local contractors about your options so that they can help you decide whether or not it would be worth hiring them instead of doing it yourself.