A paver patio in Northern Virginia is something that you can enjoy year-round. Barbecues in the summer, firepits in the fall and winter, and sitting outside in the spring.
Many homeowners in Fairfax and the surrounding areas choose to install their own paver patio rather than pay the price to have a professional install it for them.
Our guide walks you through how to install a paver patio in your own backyard.
How Hard Is It To Install A Paver Patio?
Before you set out to install a paver patio, you might be wondering just how hard is it to install a paver patio in the first place?
We’re glad you asked.
On a scale of one to 10, we put a paver patio installation at a five. So smack dab in the middle. About an intermediate level of difficulty.
This means that it is possible for you to DIY a paver patio in your backyard.
How Much Does A Paver Patio Cost To install?
After assessing how difficult it is to install a paver patio, the next question that pops up is, how much does a paver patio cost to install?
Another good question.
According to DIYNetwork, the cost to install a paver patio can vary widely.
The minimum cost falls somewhere around $500.
The maximum cost: the sky is the limit BUT usually caps out at $16,000.
The average range to install a paver patio is $1,930 to $6,824.
The cost range to install a paver patio is so wide because the types of pavers you choose and the size of the patio can affect the costs.
Costs To Consider When Installing A Patio
There is likely a list of costs that you already know are involved in installing a paver patio. Then there are the unthought-of and hidden costs associated with installing a paver patio.
Costs to consider:
- Exterior house changes, such as installing an access door to the patio
- Structural changes, such as installing stairs or building retaining walls
- Base materials (#21A, #57, sand)
- Electricity/gas wiring + lines
- Design such as furniture, pergola, or covers, such as awnings
7 Steps To Install A Paver Patio
Once you design the paver patio it is time to install the patio. Use these seven steps to build your patio.
How To Install A Paver Patio: Step 1. Prep The Area
The first thing you want to do is mark the area where you plan to install the paver patio. You also want to measure the area to determine the square footage of the patio.
You need the square footage of the patio to calculate the amount of materials you need.
How To Install A Paver Patio: Step 2. Remove Grass + Dirt
Next, clear the area where you plan to install the patio. Remove any dirt, grass, or soil. The depth you dig out depends on the height of the paver you are using, plus the depth of the paver base that you’re going to be installing.
Generally, you add 4-6 inches of paver base + an inch of sand.
How To Install A Paver Patio: Step 3. Add Paver Base
Once you have the patio area clear of dirt, grass + soil, start to add in your paver base.
Add 2-3 inches of paver base. Use a plate compactor to compress the gravel.
Then, wet the area with a garden hose.
How To Install A Paver Patio: Step 4. Add Sand
Place wood boards or PVC pipes along the length of the patio about 1 inch out from the edge. This is to help you get the right depth when you add the sand.
Pour the sand over the patio base.
Run a 2 x 4 board or a PVC pipe over the top of the sand to level it out and smooth it.
How To Install A Paver Patio: Step 5. Put Pavers In Place
Layout the pavers on top of the sand. Place the pavers gently so you don’t disturb the sand + the area remains level.
Start at the edge + work your way into the middle. If you need to level a paver, use a rubber mallet.
Leave about 1/4 inch gap between the pavers.
Use a leveler to periodically check that the pavers are at the correct slope.
How To Install A Paver Patio: Step 6. Install An Edge
Once you have the outer pavers in place, install edging to keep the outside of the patio in place.
How To Install A Paver Patio: Step 7. Add Joint Sand
Pour sand over the top of the patio. Use a broom to sweep the sand into the joints between the pavers.
Run the plate compactor over the surface of the patio.
Add another layer of sand to the top of the patio.
Sweep the sand into place.
Run the plate compactor over the top one last time.
Spray the patio with the garden hose + allow the sand to set for at least 24 hours.