A Paver Installation Tutorial from BYOT – Video 2

Hopefully you’ve taken the time to watch the first video to see how to stake out your patio area, excavate the space, and laid down your base materials. Brent at BYOT does an outstanding job of explaining the process of proper excavation and accounting for slope to bring water away from the house.

In this second video Brent gets into the fun part of laying pavers and completing the project. BYOT used our Columbia Slate patio slabs, which are large format pavers that are becoming more popular because each piece covers a larger area than a typical concrete paver, requiring less pieces to complete the job. Their unique slate texture mimics the unevenness of natural stone and gives a patio a polished look.

Brent covers the fine points of paver installation, like making sure the patio is square, preventing base sand from getting into the joints to keep the pavers even, accounting for elevation difference to a staircase, cutting around utilities, and placing pavers with chipped edges where you know they’ll be hidden or eventually cutoff along an edge.

Our Dominion Slate pavers were used for the border providing a nice color contrast from the main patio area while keeping with the same slate texture. During this portion of the video, Brent covers some good tips for cutting pavers at angles for inside and outside corners. The video finishes by showing the proper installation of edge restraints and the application of joint sand.

As we mentioned in the previous post, this patio installation was completed by a professional with access to all of the necessary tools. Remember, you can always hire a contractor if your design is complicated or if you just don’t want to get your hands dirty.

If you have further questions on installing your paver project, please contact us at 1-888-688-8250 to speak with a sales representative. They are a great resource for getting you started.

Below you will find the tools you’ll need when it comes to installing your pavers.

Tool Checklist for Installing Pavers

  • Rubber Mallet
  • 1″ Electrical Conduit (x2)
  • Strike Board (2 x 4)
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Push Broom
  • Masonry Saw with Diamond Blade
  • Eye Protection
  • Ear Protection
  • Dust Mask or Respirator