Q: Why not skip the sand and glue down all the pavers?
A: You could do that. But gluing down
hundreds of pavers will add a few hours to
the job and you'll spend at least $100 on
Q: I want a bigger patio. Can the pavers
extend beyond the current footprint?
A: The pavers could continue onto a standard
gravel base. But the gravel base and
the existing slab might shift in different
ways, creating a gap or hump where they
meet. So it's best to keep them separate. If
you want to add a grilling area, for example,
separate it from the main patio and set
a steppingstone or two between the two
Q: Can I glue pavers over the steps?
A: Yes. If your patio includes steps, you
must cover the treads in order to maintain
the height of the steps. Or you can
completely cover the steps if you like. Just
be sure to leave a gap of at least 1/2 in.
between the pavers on the steps and those
on the patio to allow for movement.
Q: Do I have to use paver bricks?
A: You can cover the field with any type of
paving product: natural or manufactured
flagstone, pavers of any size or shape.
But paver bricks are best for the border
because they provide a flat, even surface
for screeding (see Photo 4).