Sure, you could lay a slab of cement for your patio. Or, you could do something far more attractive and easier to maintain—pavers. Think you don’t have the budget or time to install and take care of a paver patio? Think again.
Pavers may seem like a budget-busting, needy undertaking. But in the long run, they can be a long-lasting and easy-to-take-care-of option that performs better than a cement pad. Read on to find out why.
Easy Maintenance, Predictable Cost
Your patio is exposed to the worst your climate has to offer. The right materials go a long way to making the initial investment of time and money less of a burden.
Honestly, patio pavers have a bigger front end cost to buy and install, but you’ll also sidestep the costs that come with wooden or cement patios like stain removal, sealing, refinishing, and replacement. If you put in the effort to install quality pavers with quality installation, maintenance and cost after that is minimal.
You don’t have to seal pavers and if a paver is damaged, you just replace that one rather than the whole patio. Pavers are set individually in sand so they can move as the ground moves. You won’t have to deal with cracks or uneven surfaces. Simply tamp down and refill with sand when needed.
Correct Installation=Long-Lasting Patio
When pavers are installed well, the patio lasts longer and looks better. Start by preparing the surface. Dig deeper than you think you need to—probably about six inches. Going that deep allows you to get under the roots of weeds where you can lay a weed guard before putting down the sand.
Make sure your patio base is well compacted so you can minimize movement and settling and keep the patio level and smooth. Each time you put down a layer, tamp it down to keep the base solid.
You can minimize movement by putting in a solid edge. A cement lip or vinyl edging will reign in the pavers and disallow spreading.
Set the pavers on a healthy layer of sand that brings the top of the pavers level with the surrounding ground. Once you’ve laid out your pavers on the patio, fill cracks with sand.
Paver Patio Tip:
Buy extra pavers at the very beginning for later repairs. You never know when your paver will be discontinued or the colors changed.
King of Drainage
A cement pad isn’t always the best in the rainy season. If you want to get rid of puddles and keep water from seeping into the house, a paver patio is a good option—they are the champions of drainage.
When water falls on a paver patio, it has somewhere to go. The sand and cracks between pavers are a natural drainage system for the exterior of your home.
Get the most out of your pavers by including a slight slope away from the house. That way the water will evacuate the area as it goes into the ground under the patio. A gradual quarter inch drop every two feet should be sufficient to keep water from pooling.
Smooth Look of Cement or Stone without the Worry
You’ll find plenty of color shape, and size variation in pavers. But the variation in pavers is a double-edged sword. It gives a rustic look that many homeowners appreciate. But if you find that a drawback, check this out.
Daltile recently introduced large porcelain pavers (24 x 24 inches and 2 cm thick) suitable for your patio and other outdoor applications that give you the ability to get the look without having to deal with the unpredictability of other pavers.
Dignitary is a limestone-look paver that lends a high-end feel to your patio but gives you the durability that porcelain is famous for. Choose from three colors in an unpolished finish perfect for the patio vibe. You’ll get a more even look like cement or stone but still get the benefits of pavers with Dignitary.
Consider pavers instead of cement. Pavers look great and are a functional dream come true.