Concrete has always been regarded as the default product for many outdoor features, such as patios and driveways. Typically concrete is poured, instead of using a different kind of material, because of its practicality. However, as practical as it is, after years of use signs of wear and tear (craters, cracks and stains) will inevitably surface.
Artistic Paver Mfg. has the solution to reduce the signs of wear and tear, maintenance and the unappealing look this type of material gives your client’s home. Our interlocking pavers offer a natural and classy appearance that is durable and weather resistant. We want to help you upgrade your clients’ concrete patios into ones that will tempt them to spend more time outdoors.
Assess Your Current Situation
Updating concrete patios with outdoor pavers is not a difficult process. By laying out pavers over the slab of concrete, patios can completely transform in appearance. First, however, you must assess the look and condition of the current patio.
If a concrete patio suffers from surface damage, such as flaking, chipping or craters, you can still place pavers over it. However, if there is a low door threshold or expanding cracks, you may have to consider gutting the patio completely and starting from scratch.
Step 1: Compile the Materials
When constructing an outdoor patio paver, you will need two materials: pavers and sand. Pavers can easily be purchased from Artistic Paver Mfg. for a quick and nationwide delivery. Make sure that you have the specifications for the pavers in mind, considering that the border pavers have to be ¾ inches thicker than the field pavers.
Next, it’s time to order the sand. Before ordering, you must first determine the square footage of the sand bed and divide that number by 12 for a 1-inch bed or 18 for a ¾-inch bed. According to this calculation, the answer should be how many cubic feet of sand you need to order.
Step 2: Lay Down the Border
Begin this step by scrubbing down the border area with either a concrete cleaner or muriatic acid combined with water. Once you’re done scrubbing, hose down the patio. As the concrete starts to dry, take a tape measure and a piece of chalk to start planning the location of the border.
Step 3: Spread out the Sand Bed
For this step you will need a screed pipe. Depending on how deep you would like your sand bed, for a 1-inch bed you will need a ¾-inch pipe and for a ¾-inch bed you will need a ½-inch pipe. Your goal is to have the field pavers stand approximately 1/8-inches above the border pavers, so when you “tamp” the field with a plate compactor everything falls just right.
Step 4: Lay Down the Pavers and Complete the Border
From this step on, all that is required is a standard paver project. Lay down the field pavers, scrape away any excess sand and cut off any extra landscape fabric with a utility knife. To complete the border, glue the last part of it down and wait for it to dry before you tamp the field pavers and sweep the sand again.
Artistic Paver Mfg. has been designing pavers since 2000, and ships nationwide from their two locations in Arizona and Florida. Our pavers are available in many patterns and are made with only the best natural resources to distinguish your client’s yard from the rest. Artistic Paver Mfg. products can help you achieve the look you desire. Contact us today for more information.