PATIO AND PAVERS - Knowledgebase Question

Question by MARY4509
April 17, 2009
My back porch and outdoor kitchen has a concrete floor. I would like to cover the concrete with pavers or tile that can be used in my backyard for walkways and garden edgers. Does any paver/tile that can be used this way exist???? Can I get suggestions and

Answer from NGA
April 17, 2009


You can install pavers over concrete. Here's how: Clean the concrete by mixing a solution of 1cup dish detergent to 1 gallon of water. Apply the solution to the surface of the slab and scrub thoroughly. Rinse it thoroughly with a hose. Follow up with a concrete cleaner, following the manufacturer's directions on the back of the container. Use this to clean and etch the surface of your concrete. Prepare your mortar or thin set according to package directions. Lay a thick layer of mortar down onto the prepared concrete surface. The layer should be from 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Lay your paving stones down on top of this layer of mortar, spacing them no further than 1/2 inch apart. Wait 48 hours and then fill in the gaps between the stones with additional mortar, wiping up excess with a damp cloth. Good luck with your project!

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