A great way to view and understand your building or repair project before you get started. Find out just about everything you need to know by watching the video below.
Building a paver or natural stone patio or walkway can be a functional and beautiful addition to your backyard landscape and with proper planning, attention to detail and a little hard work you can achieve a long-lasting result, regardless of your skill level and experience.
Mark the outside dimensions of the project area
TIP: for square or rectangular projects stake each corner and run a line between each stake; for irregular shapes mark the area with spray paint.
Excavate the area to a depth of 4 to 7 inches with a shovel (allow 2 to 4 inches for a compactable underlayment base and 1 to 2 inches of paver sand for leveling and the width of the paver).
Evenly spread 2 to 4 inches of QUIKRETE All Purpose Gravel into the excavated area and level.
Compact the gravel base using a tamper.
Install edge restraints to stabilize the pavers and prevent settling and shifting over time.
NOTE: edges should be set to allow for proper drainage and should slope evenly (1/4 inch for every 12 feet) away from structures.
Spread 1 to 2 inches of QUIKRETE Patio Paver Sand over the compacted base.
Screed the sand smooth using a 2x4 and 1x1. Remove the excess sand in front of the screed and add additional sand behind the screed.
Align the paver rows using stakes and a string.
Lay the pavers outward starting in a corner - maintain a consistent joint width between each paver.
Tap and level the pavers in place with a rubber mallet.
Fill the joints with either QUIKRETE PowerLoc Jointing Sand or QUIKRETE HardScapes Polymeric Jointing Sand to hold the pavers in place.
TIP: QUIKRETE PowerLoc Jointing Sand is recommended for paver joints of up to ½ inch wide. HardScapes Polymeric Sand is recommended for larger joints up to 2 inches wide and for use with natural stone.
Sweep away any excess sand from the paver surface.
Apply a fine water mist to the filled joints flooding the surfaces of the pavers and allowing the water to saturate the sand filled joints.
Dampen at regular hourly intervals for 3 hours after placement - avoid flooding the sand on the paver surface.