To improve the look of a concrete slab porch, and raise the level of the porch floor to keep rainwater from pooling, a layer of solid brick pavers can be added on top of the existing slab. Here’s how to go about it:
- Jack up the porch roof and remove the columns resting on the slab.
- Install temporary supports for the roof on the ground outside the slab.
- Clean the surface of the slab to remove any dirt.
- Lay an outer band of brick pavers (called a soldier course) in a bed of mortar perpendicular to the porch, aligning it with a string to make sure the course is level.
- Lay a course of bricks in a bed of mortar next to the house, aligning it with a string to level it lengthwise on the porch. Check to make sure the house course is higher than the soldier course, so the porch will drain properly.
- Set the remaining courses of brick pavers in a bed of mortar, making sure the space between the bricks is uniform.
- Use a grout bag filled with mortar to fill the joints between the bricks.
- Trowel the mortar in the joints smooth.
- Use a brush to remove any excess mortar.
- Cut the columns to the new length.
- Position the columns in place, and use a jack to lower the roof.
Watch this video to find out more.
- Installing a Fiberglass Porch Column (video/article)
- How to Lay a Paver Patio (video/article)
- How to Lay a Brick Paver Patio in Your Yard (video)
How long do you have to wait until you can put the columns back on top of the brick?
Great job! What size are the brick pavers?
Is mortar the only way?
Are there glues available?
Is it OK to use mortar mix to lay slabs on top of bricks. What would the ratio be ?
Did you continue the pavers beyond the porch? If not, I suspect that you will have a tripping hazard.
So you lay the soldier row then the row closest to the house. While continuing to lay brick away from the house, how do you assure that by the time you meet the soldier row, there isn’t a big gap?
That’s where the expression, ‘Measure twice, cut once,’ comes in. 🙂
We measured everything beforehand to make sure it would fit perfectly.
Definitely select materials based on the project area’s size and do a dry fit before attempting this project.
What type mortar is best to bond the brick to the concrete? Thanks
It depends on the project, but we’ve had great results with this product from Quikrete: https://www.quikrete.com/productlines/mortarmix.asp
I have a ranch home with a beaturiful porch and patio in the back. Unfortuantley needed to replace blue stone sidewalk after 50 years.
So I chose pavers to replace the sidewalk. But they brought up the height of the walkway and decided to bring up the porch level to the sidewalk So they put 4 or 5 layers of pavers ontop of the concrete slab porch. Next they had to carve out an area for the door because the door swings out.
It doesn’t look as nice as your video and the egress is not falt like it used to be.I am really discouraged. Would appreciate your help.