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How do I cover patio concrete with patio blocks?

Our concrete patio has a crack down the middle after a new section was added to the original section. We're considering covering the concrete with some sort of patio blocks instead of trying to caulk the crack and then painting it. Does anyone have an idea as to how to accomplish this or is it even feasible?

  • Hel31076636
    Hel31076636
    on Jun 5, 2018

    I think it is feasible if the base is level. Self-leveling concrete or sand tamped down would give a good base.

  • Ken
    Ken Coatesville, PA
    on Jun 5, 2018

    Covering a crack with new material will end up with the new material cracking too. Previous owner's of my house poured 6" of concrete over the old cracked slab and it broke in exactly the same places. The only way to prevent or at least minimize cracking is adding lots of steel reinforcing when the slab is poured. I had to remove tons and tons of concrete. Caulk will be a good temporary fix. If the slabs keep moving apart eventually they will have to be replaced. Sorry for the bad news but I have been through this more than once.

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Jun 5, 2018

    As long as it's level no problem. You will need to glue the pavers around the perimeter of the pad with landscape block adhesive in caulk tubes. Then you just fill in the interior. The glued perimeter will prevent movement and shifting. Once it's all down sweep landscape sand in between the joints.

    • Eileen
      Eileen Port Saint Lucie, FL
      on Jun 6, 2018

      After the perimeter pavers are glued in place, then the middle pavers are glued in place too? But then maybe the middle pavers might need to be cute to fit?

  • Jcraw
    Jcraw Collingswood, NJ
    on Jun 5, 2018

    This is common sense talking, not knowledge. I would clean out the crack a bit and fill with some sort of epoxy, or whatever Pros recommend For real endurance. You don’t want water to further deteriorate that joint.
    Plan patio block placement accordingly. I wouldn’t put them over the crack, tempting it to crack if part two of the patio chooses to lean further.
    I would certainly use polymeric sand between pavers.
    From an old lady, I would color that polymeric a bit darker than your pavers to not make yourself crazy Trying to clean back to spiffy pale gray, or whatever.
    Best of luck.

  • Nonni
    Nonni Attleboro, MA
    on Jun 6, 2018

    I just ripped out a brick paver walk which was installed over an asphalt walk. This is how it was done. There is black plastic edging which is used to hold pavers in place. Usually, this is held into the ground with long stakes. Of course, this isn't possible with a concrete base. You could perhaps glue it along the edge of your patio with glue used for concrete. It comes in a tube like caulk. Just make sure it sticks to plastic as well as concrete. Then, on top of the patio and paver edging, spread an inch or 1 1/2" of stone dust, a fine ground rock which is black, or paving sand to level and fill cracks in the concrete. If the patio is against or close to the house, you will want to slant the sand about 3 degrees to the opposite side from the house. Tamp down the sand with a tamper. Then lay the pavers on top of the sand making sure they stay level with each other and follow the slant away from the house. YouTube will have tutorials. You may just need to adjust for your application. You'll want to find some sort of paver to use as an edge around the patio to hide the plastic edging. It should be tall enough to be sunk below ground by about 3 inches and also cover the plastic. Or put some crushed stone or mulch around the edges of the pation.

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Jun 6, 2018

    No the middle pavers do not need to be glued. The glued perimeter will hold the pavers in. If any break or get damaged they can easily be replaced. Depending on your pattern some will need to be cut which is inevitable even in a standard installation.

    • Eileen
      Eileen Port Saint Lucie, FL
      on Jun 6, 2018

      Thank you, that sounds very interesting.

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