About Patio Designs

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Patio Ideas Videos

A patio is a great place to relax and entertain. It is okay if you don't have a patio. In this section, you will find the following step by step instructions from designing to completion of how you can build your own dream patio.

  1. How to design your patio and walkway?
  2. How to lay patio foundation the right way?
  3. How to install patio pavers and get the results you want?

No matter what size patio you have, you can simply turn it into a lovely outdoor living space with some simple and practical patio ideas.


FAQ about Patio Pavers and Walkway.

Q. Can I install patio pavers or walkway myself ?

A. Yes, you can definitely install patio pavers or walkway yourself. The easiest types of patio pavers or walkways to install are mortarless ones. All you need to do is to prepare the base material, leveling sand, lay your pavers and then sweep sand over the joints to fill them up.

Q. What is the base material made of ?

A. The patio paver base material should be made of crushed stones and sand. The crushed stones should have varying sized particles and sharp edges as this makes for better compacting. The better your base compacts together the flatter your paved surface will be.

Q. Will my patio pavers move or shift ?

A. Ensuring that your patio pavers do not shift or move really lies in using a good edge restraint. If you live in a hotter region, be sure to use a concrete edge restraint rather a plastic type, which may buckle under extreme heat.

Q. Can I use patio pavers and paving stones over existing concrete ?

A. Yes but you may have a step formed, if lying directly on top of a concrete slab. It is recommended that you obtain a quote for the removal of concrete slabs, as it may not be expensive.

Q. Will weeds grow between the joints of my patio pavers ?

A. By ensuring that all your joints are completely filled up with sand, it will help prevent the amount of weed seeds that fall between the joints. Alternately, you can seal your patio pavers, which will coat the joints, making it impossible for any weeds to grow.

Q. Should I seal my patio pavers ?

A. Sealing your patio pavers is not necessary. It is however recommended. This is because a sealed patio paver surface is much easier to clean and it may prevent surface staining. In addition, sealing will enhance and maintain your brightly colored patio pavers. Lastly, sealing your patio pavers will prevent the growth of weeds in between your joints.

Q. What do I do if my patio pavers are stained ?

A. There are numerous cleaning solutions available on the market. Whether it is an oil stain, grime, grease, moss, algae, rust or rubber marks, there will be a product suitable for all stains or specifically for a certain stain mentioned.

Q. What happens if my patio pavers are damaged or chipped ?

A. The great thing about patio pavers is that they are very easy to repair. They can be pried out with the use of two screwdrivers, and replaced with new ones. It's as easy as that! This makes patio pavers a very cost efficient product. There are no real high costs involved in repairing.

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