How to lay paver brick on patios

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How to lay paver brick on patios
Patios made from brick pavers are easy to install and add style to your outdoor environment. (Bricks image by Brad from

Laying a patio made of brick pavers in your yard adds style and comfort. The patio provides a place for you to sit and relax and makes the perfect entertaining spot. Before you lie the pavers, you must clear out a spot and make sure it is free of weeds, grass or other vegetation. Once you are ready to lay the pavers, you will likely find that the work is quite easy and enjoyable.

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Things you need

  • Lumber or flexible plastic edging
  • Coarse sand
  • Pavers
  • Rubber hammer
  • Broom

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  1. 1

    Place treated lumber along the outside of the patio. Redwood, cedar or cypress lumber that is 1-by-4 feet or 2-by-4 feet typically works best. If you don't want to use wood, flexible plastic edging also works well. Push the edging material down into the ground with a hammer. Place a level on top of the wood to make sure it is even.

  2. 2

    Spread 1 to 3 inches of coarse sand inside the patio area. Level the sand with a straight, 2-by-4 foot piece of lumber. Hold the lumber so that its side rests on the sand and pull the lumber towards you to create an even layer.

  3. 3

    Lay the pavers down in your desired pattern. Popular patterns include the basket weave, the herringbone and the stretcher. Fit the bricks closely together using a rubber hammer. Pavers that have ribs are advantageous as they allow the bricks to fight close together, but also leave room for the top sand.

  4. 4

    Pour sand on top of your finished paver pattern. Work the sand in between the pavers with a broom. Repeat this process in about a week, as foot traffic and wind can cause the newly placed sand to wear off.

Tips and warnings

  • Creating a patio that uses sand to keep the pavers together instead of concrete is easier to install and often looks much better. In addition, this type of patio drains well and allows you to change the shape and structure as needed.

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