Laying your own sandstone patio without the use of cement or mortar is relatively easy and is all down to how well the area is prepared and this guide should offer some tips on how to lay sandstone paving.
Before we begin I think it is important to note that without the use of concrete there is a strong possibility that you paving may overtime begin to move and depending on how well the ground is prepared you may find that your paving may need maintenance work within a year or so. Tänavakivide paigaldus will include some steps to follow and get the desired results. The working is the best one to have the good look of exterior of the house. The hiring of the professionals will provide the desired results to the individuals.
- You should lay your sandstone pavers without mortar:
- If you are a novice or just don’t trust your own DIY skills and would like the assurance that the work is not permanent.
- If you want to try different designs before you decide on one that best suits your area.
- If you have a permanent concrete or brick border where the room for movement is minimal.
- If the sandstone pavers have been cut and have at least one flat side, if your pavers are rustic you have no choice but to use cement.
If you are paving an unusual area where you will need to cut and shape large amount of pavers.
And remember; the majority of the work will go into laying the foundations and positioning the sandstone pavers so in the future if you do decide to cement the paving slabs into place the majority of the work will already be done. So your work won’t have gone to waste.
- Let’s begin
- The tools you’ll need
- Measuring tape
- A length of timber
- A level
- A hand stamper or compressor for larger areas
- Preparing the area
Get the foundation right and everything after that should fall into place without too many problems. Begin by measuring and marking your area, if you have never laid paving before then choosing an evenly squared or rectangular area is much easier and will keep measuring and cutting the pavers to a minimum.
You will need at least 4 inches of crushed limestone mix (or ask at the stone yard for a suitable graded aggregate base ) which is then tightly compacted. Depending on the size of the area it may prove more viable to hire a compactor but if your area is 8 feet square of less you can easily use a hand tamper,
which are cheap and should be available from any good DIY store.
Note* it’s important to keep some of the compacting aggregate used for any final adjustments when laying the paving slabs.
Before you can begin laying your paving slabs it’s important to make sure that the base is firmly compacted, level and free from any hollows or bumps. To do this you will need a level and a length of timber.
Using each corner as your gauge place the timber in one corner and lay it towards the opposite corner, place the level on the timber and the bubble will indicate how level your base is. You will also now see if any areas of the foundation are either high or low allowing you to adjust accordingly. Now repeat the process on the opposite corners and then each adjacent corner, making adjustments as and when they are needed.
Depending on your paving slabs you may find that some are of a slightly different thickness, some may not be perfectly flat or even cut straight. This is especially true of any imported stones. Normally these stones come from parts of the world where labour is cheap. The manual finishing can leave some discrepancies in size and overall finish which you will need to account for when laying your paving stones.
Laying sandstone paving slabs
Assuming that each corner is now level, you can begin to lay your paving slabs using each of the corners as a guide. In this instance my preference is to lay a paving slab in each corner (measuring that they are the same thickness, if so you should find that they remain level.
Now using your piece of timber and level you can begin to lay each of the pavers, checking that they are level and the same height with each of the corner stones. Adding or removing the compacting material will help to ensure that you are left with a flat and even surface.
Starting on one side work your way from left to right positioning each paver and ensuring it is flat and level before moving to the next. At this point you will begin to see the importance of levelling the foundation. If you have spent the time making sure your foundation is flat and level you should now find this effort begins to pay off when laying each of the paving slabs.
Depending on the sandstone pavers that you have chosen they could be even or odd sizes. The uniformity of evenly sized pavers will make them easier to lay and may be the advisable option if this is your first attempt at laving paving stones. The advantage of using odd sized paving stones is the design you are left with. Though it may be more aesthetically pleasing, finding the correct position for each of the pavers can be a little daunting and this is something you should ask the stone yard before you purchase, it will also inevitably mean you will be cutting and shaping more of the paving stones Pointing
Without using cement to hold your paving stones in place there is essentially little need to point the paving stones. Instead use crushed limestone to fill any gaps or joints between the paving slabs. Pour the crushed stone along each of the joints and use a broom to sweep the stone between each of the joints.
Edging and boarders
Now that your new sandstone patio is essentially finished it’s now time to think about the boarders and edging. In this instance I would suggest using cement and red brick to build a solid border. Doing this will help to prevent the paving stones from moving and help to keep them tightly packed in place.
To build your boarder you will need to mix cement, using a ratio of 2 to 1 (combine 2 buckets of Sand with 1 bucket of cement). When both are combined make a well in the centre and begin to add your water, mixing while you add, keep adding water until you are left with a pliable but firm mixture.
Before you lay your base of cement use another length of timber to create a bank to prevent your cement from moving and losing its level. Once this is done lay a base of cement along the side and in a similar fashion to how you began to lay your paving stones, position one brick on each end and make sure they are flat and level both with each other and the paving stones. Your level and a length of timber will help you with this.
Once the end bricks are level you can now begin to fill the gap between the 2 with red bricks. To ensure that the gap between each joint is even and symmetrical you should position pieces of wood that are the same width between each brick.
As you work your way along each side continue to use both your level and length of timber to make sure each brick is positioned properly. Do this to each open side of your patio, allow the cement to dry and then remove the pieces of wood from each of the joints and fill each gap with cement and point.
And there you have it, hopefully a simple and straight forward guide on how to lay sandstone pavers without cement, now get to work.