Easy Paver Patio: A How To Guide To Paver Patios

June 15, 2024 by
Easy Paver Patio: A How To Guide To Paver Patios
Zach Raymond

Adding a paver patio to your property is one of the best additions you can have.  They are easier to maintain than a wooden deck and more durable than a concrete patio. A properly installed paver patio should have a life expectancy of 50 years! Pavers also increase your property value by up to a 70% return on investment. My goal through this guide is to help you understand the process and hopefully get you in the right direction to having your own paver patio.



The Base:
  • There are a few gravel options you can use to make the base, but we have found that #57 limestone and #9 limestone create the best foundation.
  • Start by laying 4-5 inches of #57 limestone and another 1 inch of #9 limestone. Make sure to compact each layer before applying the next.
  • Figure out how deep you want to go with the base and dig into the ground accordingly. 
Laying The Paver:
  • Make sure to have paver edging around the boarder to help keep your pavers secure.
  • Depending on the paver, there are a few different variations of patterns you can lay. Luckily, Unilock pavers have all of their patterns online. A popular and easy DIY paver we have is Beacon Hill Flagstone. This paver is delivered with the pattern already set up for you.
  • Once you have decided on a pattern begin placing your pavers accordingly. The pavers should have ridges on the side that indicate how close together they need to be.
Sealing The Patio:
  • Now that your pavers are down, its time to lock them in place. Using a polysand, sweep inbetween the joints evenly. Apply a light mist over the polysand to active the glue. Make sure there is no rain in the forecast because too much water can wash away the sand before it can set.
  • Consider adding a protective sealer after to prevent mold and daily wear and tear. Make sure to wash your patio before applying the sealer because it will seal things like dirt and leaves.


Power washing your patio at the start of spring helps keep your patio looking new allowing you to enjoy it in the seasons that count. Soap and regular water is also a good option for keeping your patio clean. Another benefit to a paver patio is replacing broken pieces without having to redo the entire patio. Yearly touch ups are a great low-effort way to maintain your patio's elegance.


Hopefully after reading through this guide you are feeling more confident about putting together your own paver patio. If you’re still hesitant in trying your hand at it but are definitely interested, try reaching out to our installation team, Outdoor Living by Mr. Mulch. They are an experienced crew that handles all the difficult parts of hardscaping while leaving you with the fun of customizing the patio to your exact specifications. Click here to schedule a free consultation.

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