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Thinking about building an outdoor patio ... any tips?

We currently have a deck but are thinking about building a patio to extend it. I've been told it's a fairly simple process (patio stones, sand) but would love to hear any tips from those that have done it.

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Posted 2011-05-30T04:42:17+0000  by loriel loriel
 

Hello loriel.  Welcome to the Home Depot Community!

 

Building a patio is a fairly simple process.  The best tip I have is that just like with painting, it’s the prep work that really makes the difference.  While the patio can have a slope to it, it must be smooth and the substrate well tamped down.  Edging is the best way to keep these pavers in place over the long haul.

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Home Depot edging: LINK.

 

Here is a link to a Home Depot guide on for planning a paver project:  LINK.

 

You may find some ideas on the type of paver you want at pavestone:  LINK.

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You can choose regular sand or crushed limestone (called paver base) for the paver bed.  Either works, but I personally like paver base because it tamps down to a very solid surface.

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This special poly sand works very well to finish off the project.  You sweep it into the joints after the pavers have been placed:  LINK.   This special sand hardens with moisture, so it will not wash out of the cracks like regular sand can.

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I hope this helps.  Have fun with your new patio!

 

Posted 2011-05-31T14:39:12+0000  by Chris_HD_CHI
 
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