How to Build and Extend Your Patio With Paving Stones

How to Build and Extend Your Patio With Paving Stones

How would you love to have a maintenance free paving stone patio? Installing paving stones is easy and the results are well worth the effort. Here are all the steps on how to install pavers and extend or build a maintenance free paving stone patio. Your stone patio will last a lifetime and add beauty and value to your home.

Your paving stone patio will never rot and will never need staining. And the best part is you will never get a sliver from a stone patio. So here are the easy steps on how to build your own maintenance-free stone patio.

How to Install Paving Stones – Planning Your Stone Patio

Paving stones come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. But it’s very hard to tell what you like by looking at a bunch of paving stones stacked in the store lot. So before you visit your favourite home improvement store, go for a walk around the neighbourhood, in fact, go for a drive and look at many neighbourhoods. Many homes have paving stone sidewalks, entrances and even driveways.

Observing existing stone paved entrances will greatly help you determine that perfect type of stone and colour for your patio. I had removed my old wooden deck and built a new stone patio complete with steps a few years ago and now it’s time to expand the patio. The steps in expanding an existing stone patio are exactly the same steps used to build a new stone patio and are easy to follow, here’s how.

How to Build a Stone Patio – Choosing the Right Paving Stone for Your Patio

For my stone patio, I used charcoal grey stack stones and coping stack stones for the edging. The coping stones are the flat top stones. Stackers are used to building retaining walls and coping stones are used as the top stone to provide a smooth top surface. Stackers are formed with a groove on the bottom side and a raised channel on the top. Coping stones have a groove on the bottom, which allows them to fit snugly on top of the stack stones. I had used stack stones extensively to create my steps and also for the edging to provide a solid border that will not shift over time.

I also used Tuscany pavers, but you can use any number of stone styles available. Other popular stone pavers used today are Roman pavers. Tuscany pavers come in a mixed bundle of 4 different sizes, each having a common width of six inches. For Tuscany pavers, you simply lay the pavers in a straight line using alternate length stones in the process. These paving stones are very easy and quick to install and the finished patio looks great. Roman pavers also have a great look, but come in four different sizes as separate bundles. Roman pavers are designed for installation in certain patterns, similar to a fishbone style pattern.

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