Estimating Paver Patio Costs
Estimating the exact Paver Patio cost is difficult, and can only be estimated only by calculating the prices of the various materials involved in its construction process.
Materials Needed for the Foundation
A paver patio is constructed in two steps, namely the foundation and the installation procedure. Different materials are required for these methods. The materials required for the foundation process are as follows:
- A garden spade
- Flat bladed shovel
- Wheelbarrow to carry the bricks
- Gloves for protection
- Labour (if required)
- A level
- Nylon mason string
- Wood stakes
- Line level
- Plate compactor or a hand tamper
- Garden rake
- Landscape cloth or a black cloth
- Patio paver bases ( sand and gravel)
You can obtain the plate compactor or the hand tamper on rent. Ensure that you complete the entire foundation process in one day, so that you do not end up paying extra for rent.
You can further reduce the costs by using a hand tamper instead of the plate compactor. Buy the other materials from a local construction materials’ supplier. The materials like gloves, nylon mason string, garden rake, hammer; wheelbarrow and line levels are generally available at home or in the backyard.
The labor will add to the cost and they will charge depending on the hours of work, put into the project. However, patio paver installation is an easy process and can be done without any extra help or labour. The cost involved will vary primarily on the size of the patio.
Materials Needed for Installation of Pavers
- Rubber mallet
- Work gloves
- Paver sand
- Knee pads
- Garden hose
- Chalk or crayons for marking
- Chisel and hammer or Diamond blade wet saw
- Dust mask
- Stone sealant
Decide the paver material well in advance. The material used for the paver will affect the price of the overall project. Bricks are easily available everywhere. Use bricks if you want to reduce the price of the project. Brick patios are also durable in nature.
The cost of bricks will vary from place to place. Check the prices in various brick yards and lumber yards. Concrete pavers will cost you around $15 per square foot. The overall size of the paver patio will also affect the expenditure to be incurred. Natural stone or brick set in concrete will cost your around $60per square foot.
A diamond blade wet saw can be hired on rent. You can reduce the cost further by opting for a chisel and hammer instead of the diamond blade wet saw. Purchase the paver sand and stone sealant from a local supplier. A garden hose, gloves, crayons and dust-masks are available in almost all the households. The bigger your patio, the higher would be your cost.