Applying Brick Pavers to a Concrete Slab Patio in a Cold Climate

By: Danny Lipford

Can I attach brick pavers to a concrete patio slab using mortar in a cold climate like Michigan, or will winter freezes and thaws cause problems with the pavers or joints cracking and coming loose? -William

Hi William,

As long as you lay the pavers on the concrete slab during warm weather well prior to the arrival of winter, the pavers should be able to withstand your cold Michigan winters without cracking or coming loose.

To attach brick pavers to a concrete slab:

  1. Clean Slab: Clean the slab thoroughly using a pressure washer or garden hose and scrub brush to remove any dirt or contaminants.
  2. Lay Paver Border: Lay the outer row of pavers around the edge of the slab in a bed of mortar using a taut string to make sure the pavers are straight and level.
  3. Lay Pavers: Lay the inner rows of pavers in a bed of mortar, using a string to keep the pavers straight and even.
  4. Fill Joints: After the mortar has set, use a grout bag to fill the joints between the pavers with mortar.
  5. Smooth Joints: Smooth the mortar joints with a trowel, then use a stiff brush to remove any excess mortar from the pavers.

Good luck with your project,

Danny

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  • Pat dolan Says:
    June 22nd, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I live in phila area. We have a breezeway and did install bricks over the concrete slab the portion without a roof is breaking up do to winter weather. I have called a number of contractors and gotten all types of solutions . Do I pull the entire 400 ft up or replace that section with new bricks for thousands of dollars with no guarantee? What do you suggest?



  • John McInerney Says:
    May 6th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I want to lay pavers in mortar over a concrete patio that was painted some years ago. Do I need to remove the paint?



  • john ulery Says:
    July 12th, 2011 at 5:03 am

    hi i have a home that was built 2001 would like to lower my heating/cooling bills. Aep says im 1.5 2 times higher then homes my size. My home is 3500 to 3600 ft 2ac 2 heater. Can you Help !check my home. I live in Delaware ohio 614 561-3956 need help .went to fix it the best way .

    john ulery
    delaware ohio 43015


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