One of the best parts about living in Denver is being able to enjoy the clean, crisp mountain air that Colorado is known for. If you are like most people who live in the area, you probably spend as much time as possible outdoors.
Even if you can’t get away to the nearby mountains, you can create your own backyard oasis. One of the best ways to do that is by installing a patio that is made using brick pavers.
The benefit of using pavers rather than pouring a solid slab of concrete is that they do a better job of dealing with the freeze-thaw cycle. A concrete slab is far more likely to crack or to experience problems when the ground freezes and thaws too quickly. Using pavers helps solve this problem since the spaces between the bricks allow for temperature-related expansion and contraction.
The process of installing pavers is fairly straightforward. Although the work isn’t necessarily easy, it is definitely worth doing. After you have your new patio installed, it will most likely become one of your favorite places to spend time.
To begin the process, decide how large you want your patio to be. Purchase enough pavers to cover the entire area, with a few extras to account for any cuts that you need to make.
Next, mark out the shape of the patio on the ground using spray paint. Remove any sod or debris from the area. Create a flat, level area that is about 6-8 inches deep. Compact the soil and then spread gravel over the surface. Using a hand tamper, tamp the gravel down so that it has a smooth, even surface. Finish by covering the surface with a 1-2 inch layer of sand.
Next, install plastic edging around the outer perimeter of the patio. You should be able to find this edging at any home improvement store.
Once the edging is in place, you can start laying the brick pavers. Begin at one edge and work your way across the patio, tapping each paver into place with a rubber mallet. If necessary, cut the edge pavers to size using a chisel and a hammer.
Once all of the pavers are in place, all that you have to do is pour a little sand over the surface and use a push broom to work it down into the cracks between the pavers. Creating your own patio allows you to enjoy the outdoors, even if you live right in the heart of Denver.