Installing Brick Pavers Over a Concrete Slab
If you are tired of your concrete slab, covering it with brick pavers could be a viable option for you. With brick pavers, you can lay them right on top of the concrete without having to take a jackhammer to it. It is a pretty simple process that can be done in no time. Here are the basics you need to know so you can install brick pavers over the concrete you are trying to conceal.
Measure the Concrete Slab
Take your tape measure and determine the dimensions of the slab. Take the length times the width to determine how many square feet of pavers you will need to purchase. You should also buy an extra 5% - 10% to account for waste.
Prepare the Slab
Make sure that you have the concrete slab clean and ready for installation. You should sweep the slab and remove any dirt or dust.
Install the Border
Go around the edge of the concrete slab and install a border of brick pavers. Use liquid nails or another suitable adhesive to make sure that they stick. Allow the adhesive to dry before you do anything else around the pavers. This outside layer will provide a level of stability for the entire project. Since the other pavers will be installed in the sand, it will help keep everything solid once it is installed.
Put in the Sand
Using paving sand or mason's sand, you will need to fill the space in the middle of the border. Cover the entire concrete space in a thin layer of this sand. It should be thick enough that the brick pavers can fit down without being submerged. Use your shovel to get the sand into the concrete area and then smooth it out. The sand needs to be very smooth and level before you put the pavers in.
Install the Pavers
Take the brick pavers and push them into the sand one by one. This is the point at which you can create a pattern if you want to add extra flair. Since you are installing them into the sand, you can always move them back around if you do not like the first pattern that you come up with. Once you put a paver into place, put your level on top of it to make sure that it is level.
Cut the Pavers
When you get to the edge of the concrete slab, you will have to cut the pavers so that they properly fit into place. Use a concrete saw blade to cut through the pavers. Take your cut pieces and put them into place.
Fill in the Gaps
Once you get all of the pavers into place, fill in the gaps with some more sand. Make sure that everything is packed down tight into place and you should be ready to go.
Now you have a renewed look and added curb appeal.