Can I install paver on cement porch


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Old 08-31-15, 08:17 PM
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Can I install paver on cement porch

Hi there ,
Can you help on this : I have a cement porch at my front , can I install the paver on it (like similar paver used I interlock ) , ? Any negative side ?
If also you provide some steps that will be great
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Old 08-31-15, 10:10 PM
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Sure you can but if you do they will have to be the thinner stone. If you want the best job you can get you need to dig down fairly deep and then lay down gravel and tamp that down and then sand and tamp that down. However while that job is better the stones are also heavier and harder to handle so instead you will use concrete as an underlayment and back butter each stone before putting it on the concrete. I would do a dry fit first without any concrete and then mix your concrete as you go for the best fit. Grout afterwards with concrete being careful not to get it on the stone.

The negative side with the thinner stone is that they can crack easier which should be considered since you are in Canada. The thicker stone I already mentioned with it being heavier and a step I didn't mention above and that is tearing out the old concrete. Also if not done right heavier stones can sink quite a bit so that is a consideration too. The best tamping job is done with a plate compactor which you can rent at most home centers and equipment rental stores.
 
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Old 08-31-15, 11:43 PM
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I think HC misunderstood. Do you have a concrete* porch and you want to put the pavers on top of the concrete?

*If your porch was cement it would wash away when it rained.
 
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I've seen some products being advertised to go over your existing floor. They are interlocking and somewhat low to the ground. Ikea and local hardware stores sell them. You just have to make sure your floor breaths to make sure things dry and drain there.
For pavers, you will still need to put something between the concrete and pavers. Some YouTubers show you how it's done. Hopefully someone here has some first hand experience on the "best-practices" part for it.
 
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Old 09-01-15, 01:23 PM
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Hi ray ,
Yes My porch is concrete and same what you mentioned I am thinking to put pavers on top of concrete so is that best practice and any advice ?
Thanks
 
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Are there stairs between either the ground or the house and the porch?
 
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short answer is 'NO !' but its YOUR PORCH ! if you install thin stone & use a plate compactor, you'll have a porch full of broken pebbles IF you're bound to do this, lay some stone w/mortar & seal it BUT don't expect the job to last,,, wtr will infiltrate the mortar, freeze, then eventually loosen the stonework.

IF your porch were cement, it wouldn't last very long,,, luckily you describe it as concrete - a semi-liquid mixture of cement, wtr, fine, & coarse aggregate which becomes a solid thru a chemical reaction we call 'curing'

just my $.03
 
 

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