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How to Install Pavers Over a Concrete Patio Without MortarBy: Julie Day
I have a small poured concrete patio, and that I’d like to cover with brick pavers. Can I do this without using mortar?
According to several paver manufacturers, paving blocks can be installed on top of concrete without mortar if you first lay down a 1/2″ to 1” bed of coarse sand. The process is nearly identical to laying a paver patio over ground.
However, this type of installation should be done with caution, since drainage, settling, and cracking can be a problem. Keep these tips in mind when laying pavers over a concrete patio:
- Don’t Rule Out Mortar: If you’re new to this project, don’t be intimidated by the prospects of mortaring a permanent paver patio. In my opinion, mortar would be less work!
- How to Lay an Unmortared Paver Patio (video/article)
- How to Lay Mortared Brick Pavers on a Concrete Slap Porch (video)
- How to Choose Between Brick and Concrete Pavers (article)
- Polymer Based Sand for Locking Patio Pavers in Place (video)
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