Laying a paver patio makes a great DIY project that can improve the look of your yard and increase the value of your home.
When laying a paver patio, it’s important to start with a firm base composed of compactable material, such as crushed limestone, topped by sand.
To level the sand base for a paver patio:
- Add 1” of sand on top of firm base material.
- Place two level pieces of metal pipe flush with the top of the sand base.
- Run a straight board over the pipes to screed off any excess sand.
- Remove the pipes and fill the voids with sand.
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Creating your own paver patio is a great way to improve the looks of your backyard and the value of your home. The key to achieving a smooth, level surface for the pavers is preparing a solid base, followed by a layer of sand.
To ensure that the sand is a consistent depth, lay two pieces of metal pipe in the space and screed the sand off level with the top of them. Then you can remove the pipe and fill in the voids with a little more sand. Once the pavers are laid, the surface will be flat and even.
This tip brought to you by Pavestone: Creating Beautiful Landscapes.
I want to lay 60 cm X 60 porcelein pavers without a joint/gap. Do you think this a bad idea?
Hi, Felix! Tile that is not grouted has a higher chance of breaking, so we would encourage installing those pavers with their joints. Thanks for your question.
Thanks Thomas. Makes sense. Will sand do instead of grout?
Here’s how Danny used sand to fill in a paver patio: https://todayshomeowner.com/video/tips-for-laying-a-paver-patio/