Are you thinking about installing you're very own paver patio? Maybe planning to install one for a friend? Before digging right in and heading to the home store here are some things to consider.
First and foremost, It's not easy. Despite what HGTV, Lowes and Home Depot say paver patios they are not simple DIY projects. If you've never built a paver patio even 100 sq. will likely take a few days. It's hard work and you will need much more than a few bags of rock, sand and pavers to complete the job. Here is an example of what you would need for 100 sq.ft patio.
- Dig out and haul 9" of soil (3.75 tons / 3 full size trucks) make sure to dig out an extra 6" past where the edge of your pavers will be so that edging spikes can later be hammered into the base.
Account for hauling and disposal of dirt if necessary.
- Install 3 tons of Crusher Run base, tamped every 2" lift. Perfect final lift to 1/8" with minimum 20% slope away from home, pool etc.
Account for Crusher Run $75 plus delivery & Tamper rental $65/day.
- Install perfectly smooth and flat 1" layer of Course Bedding Sand (1/2 yard) $50 plus delivery.
- Lay pavers - this example is a $6.33/sq.ft Home Depot paver "Patio-on-a-Pallet 10 ft. x 10 ft. Concrete Tan Variegated Basketweave Yorkstone Paver."
Account for pavers plus delivery.
(PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT USE OR RECOMMEND PAVERS FROM BOX STORES AS THEY ARE TYPICALLY OVER PRICED AND LOWER QUALITY. FOR BETTER QUALITY AND BETTER PRICED PAVERS CHECK OUT WWW.EAGLEBAYPAVERS.COM and Eagle Bay Hardscape Products).
- Cut pavers - account for saw rental $60/day plus Diamond Blade with starts at $60/each).
- Paver Edging and 10" spikes (for 3 sides = $75).
- Tamp pavers, Install polymeric sand and tamp again (3- 45lb buckets = $65) This is likely to be a whole extra day of tamper rental (IMPORTANT: If using pavers with varying surface heights, tumbled or stone cleft surface you will want to use plywood or short carpet on top of pavers while tamping. This way you do not damage the paver surface.
- Regrade and your all done.
Okay, now its time to look at the actual cost of all of this. We will assume you have a pickup truck to move all the materials, which would total approx 10 trips (if your lucky). We will also assume that you have somewhere on your property where you can loose 3 yards of dirt. After those considerations, when totaling up all of the above costs you arrive at $1,200 ($12/sq.ft).
You will also want to consider if you have other proper tools for paver installation. These tools include but are not limited to: String lines, grade stakes/rods, line level, 4' level, rubber mallet, screed rails & boards, ear & eye protection, gas can, stiff rake, shovels, hand tamper, stiff shop broom, blower and any other tools specific to your project site.
If you're still up for the challenge then I commend you. You will surely be proud of your accomplishment as you sit back and marvel over your hard work. If you would like to leave all the hard work to the pros then please consider Richmond's best paver patio installer Commonwealth Curb Appeal.
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