Installing A New Patio? Use Pavers For The Flooring

If you are planning to install a new patio, you should consider using pavers for the flooring. Below are materials pavers can be made of, some benefits you will find, and how they are installed. 

Paver Material

There are a variety of materials that can be used to make pavers. One is natural stone which makes the flooring look unique. Some stones that work well include slate, fieldstone, flagstone, cobblestone, basalt, and travertine. These stones do come in different colors, so this is something to consider. 

There are pavers made of bricks, which are available in a variety of colors. Brick is made of clay and gives your patio a natural look. Brick is also often used for pathing, driveways, and more. Concrete pavers are available, which is a good choice if you are on a budget. The contractor can color the concrete any color that you prefer while mixing it. 

Paver Advantages

No matter what material you choose for your patio there are many benefits this offers you. First, pavers are strong and durable so will last a long time. This is only if they are installed properly, however, so hire a contractor to install the flooring. Pavers are interlocked together so they will move if there is too much space between them. 

You will find there is less maintenance if you use pavers. The only thing you have to do is sweep debris off the surface as needed. You can also use a leaf blower if you have a large patio or a lot of debris. If any pavers are damaged, the individual paver can be repaired or replaced instead of having to replace the entire patio flooring.

Paver Installation

If not done already, the contractor removes grass and some of the soil from the area. They then put the base down for the pavers, which is generally made of gravel. They put sand over the gravel and level it out to hold the gravel in place. They may also use topsoil to do this.

The contractor lays the pavers on the area to determine if they need to cut any of them. They can use a masonry saw or other equipment in order to make a clean cut. Once the pavers are the right size, the contractors start on the edge and interlock each paver as they go. They make sure the lines are straight and the interlocking is tight. After the pavers are installed, the contractor may suggest putting an edging around the patio, which can be made of concrete, brick, etc. 

A contractor can tell you about the paver installation process in much more detail.