Patio stone stacked on a pallet
and secured with chicken wire
The initial phase of construction is the most
important. Excavate enough soil from the proposed patio area to
allow for a thick layer of tamped, crushed stone (2b limestone is
commonly used in Pennsylvania) thereby providing good drainage and
long lasting stability.
Whether you're hand digging, lifting patio
stones or shoveling crushed stone, practice proper bending
techniques. If you aren't physically able, consider hiring a
professional to do the job.
You'll want the finished project to be
durable, as well as attractive and easy to walk on. Be sure to set
precast pavers straight and even.
VIDEO: Installing a Window Well
Modern technology made laser levels affordable
to all. If you can't afford one, use a line level or long, straight,
rigid board with a traditional level attached to it. Make sure your
patio is level, or slightly pitched away from your house if surface
runoff is a factor.
If you're planning to install flower beds or
lawn areas adjacent to your new patio, remove large rocks and
construction debris before backfilling these areas with good quality
topsoil. Your plants will reward you!
Down the road
Plan on power washing your patio
as needed to remove dirt and algae. This will keep your patio
investment looking its best!