Have you grown tired of the constant maintenance that a wood deck requires or the spider web of cracks expanding across your concrete patio further and further every season? Don’t think you’re stuck with your existing outdoor hardscaping simply because you don’t want the headache of tearing out the existing structure. AMK Hardscapes may be able to give your outdoor living space a facelift without the hassle and expense of removing what is already there.
Pavers over a Wood Deck
The first thing to remember is that adding pavers over an existing wood frame is going to increase the weight it’s carrying considerably. In order to support the weight of the pavers you must consider the span of the deck joists. More joists may need to be added. If any rot is present, that piece of wood will need to be replaced before the pavers can be installed. In order to last the wood must be in tip top shape even though we would likely install some additional support and drainage solutions.
Pavers over a Concrete Slab
If your concrete patio has some surface cracks or chips, it’s not a problem. If there are cracks that have been expanding, it could signal a foundation issue which will have to be addressed if you’re going to install a paver patio that will last. Drainage is generally the biggest issue when installing pavers over concrete. Pavers are engineered to allow water to drain through to the soil underneath. If the concrete slab has drainage issues this will definitely be a problem. The slab must be properly sloped and graded. If you’ve noticed long standing puddles on the patio after rain or snow runoff, this issue will likely have to be corrected before paver installation can begin. Generally a drainage layer of 1″ bedding sand will be placed under the pavers to alleviate this problem.
Pavers can also be installed over a concrete or asphalt driveway. As with the patio, the concrete must be in reasonably good shape with proper drainage. The pavers can be either laid with or without mortar. If no mortar is used, the pavers will rest on a bed of course sand that has been compacted. Proper foundation is essential to support the weight of vehicles. Pavers can even be used for Renovating a Pool Deck Without Removing Old Cracked Concrete Deck.
There is no end to Denver Brick Paver Designs. Call us at 303-525-8601 and our design consultants can come out to help you create just the look you want. We’ll check out your existing patio or deck to see if it is a viable option to cover it with pavers or if it must be torn out first. Our experts can guide you to success on a do it yourself project or can tackle the job from start to finish if you wish. Our paver decks are made to last a lifetime so they must lie on a firm and stable foundation. Call today and you could be hosting an outdoor gathering on your new paver patio by Memorial Day!