Why Installing Pavers over Concrete is a Bad Idea

Pavers can refresh any outdoor space and make it look as good as new.  More often than not, people tend to have pre-existing concrete patios in their backyards already.  While it may seem like a good idea to install pavers right to the concrete, it may not be the best way to go about it.  

Pavers are great because of their flexibility.  They are able to move and shift with the ground as it heats and cools.  Concrete, on the other hand, can crack under the constant shifting.  If there is a problem with the paver patio, those pieces of the paver can be moved and replaced much easier than with a concrete patio.  

A professional paver contractor will be able to lay a good, solid foundation that is appropriate for pavers.  Installing directly on old concrete can cause many more problems in the future.  Also, installing directly on top of concrete will raise your patio by inches, which may not seem like a big deal, but can cause a hazard in your yard.  By hiring a contractor, they will be able to dig a foundation that looks like it was a part of your yard the entire time.  

Another good reason to hire a contractor to dig a foundation is to remove the roots and soil that can cause cracks in the foundation and replace it with a gravel base and bedding sand.  Your paver patio will be smoother and more uniform than simply installing pavers on top of the existing concrete.  It can also save you money in the future from having to repair the concrete underneath.

It is possible to install pavers over concrete, but you need to make sure you have professional installation. A seasoned paver installer can determine if the contcrete is in good condition to prevent costly repairs in the future, and advise whether removing the concrete is needed. You shouldn’t try to DIY or install pavers over concrete yourself. Ultimately, digging up your old concrete patio and replacing it with a paver patio with save you time and money in the long run.

If you want to replace your patio with pavers, give Pavertime a call. Our experts will come take a look at your project in person and can discuss all of your options with you. You’ll know you’re getting the best work at the best price, and that everything is installed correctly to last for years to come.

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