How to Cover a Cement Patio with Interlocking Pavers

What You'll Need
Interlocking pavers
Mixing bucket
Drill with mixing attachment
Tile saw
Tape measure
Notched trowel
Concrete sealer
Polymeric sand
Leaf blower
Pressure washer
Safety glasses
Concrete Cleaner

Interlocking pavers can breathe life into your outdated cement patio. Interlocking pavers come in a variety of designs, so you will have no trouble finding a design that appeals to your taste. Once you choose your pavers, it is time for installation. Taking these steps will ensure successful installation.

Step 1:  Clean Patio

Clean the patio according to the directions on the package. Allow the patio to dry.

Step 2:  Determine Layout

Lay a row of pavers across the length of the patio, and lay another row across the width of the patio to determine if any pavers require cutting. If the pavers require cutting, use a tape measure to measure the size of the cut. Mark the cut lines with a pencil and a straight edge.

Step 3:  Cut Pavers

Put on safety glasses. Use a tile saw to cut the pavers along the cut lines.

Step 4:  Apply Thinset

Use a drill with a mixing attachment to mix the thinset according to the directions on the package. Use the straight edge of a trowel to apply the thinset to the patio. Apply it to a two-foot-by-two-foot section. Then, use the notched edge of the trowel to make ridges in the thinset. Hold the notched edge perpendicular to the patio and pull it through the thinset.

Step 5:  Set Pavers

Working on the two-foot-by-two-foot section, set a paver on top of the thinset. Gently wiggle the paver while applying light pressure to ensure complete contact with the thinset. Continue setting pavers in the two-foot-by-two-foot section. Working in two-foot-by-two-foot sections, apply more thinset and pavers until the entire patio is covered. Allow the thinset to cure for 48-hours.

Step 6:  Apply Sand

Dump the polymeric sand on the patio. Use a broom to distribute the sand over the patio. Force the sand between the paver joints. Use a leaf blower to blow excess sand from the patio. Doing a thorough job of blowing the sand off makes cleanup easier.

Step 7:  Wet Patio

Use a water hose to mist water over the patio. Wet the patio enough for the water to seep into the joints so that the sand sets. Allow the sand to cure for 48-hours.

Step 8:  Clean Patio Again

Use a pressure washer to clean the patio. This will remove any residue from the sand.

Step 9:  Apply Sealer

Apply sealer to the pavers according to the manufacturer’s directions. The sealer will protect the pavers and keep them looking new longer.

Installing pavers over cement is not easy. The process takes time, but the results make it worth every second spent. Applying pavers directly over your cement patio will save money also because there is no need to tear out the patio before installing the pavers. With the money you save, you can buy new patio furniture to dress up your revamped patio.