Brick pavers are a great choice for outdoor areas as they are cost effective, durable and non-slip and will create a authentic, rustic vibe in any area they are used. They are also relatively easy to lay yourself. If you are thinking about making your pavers a DIY job, here are some
Step-by-step instructions on how to lay brick pavers
- Pick the area you are planning to pave and square it off. You will need to clear it of any grass or existing pavers before laying your new ones.
- Install edging. This can be done after you have finished laying your pavers. There are a number of options available edging including metal, wood, plastic, wood or even brick edging.
- Dig the square area out about 20cm. It is best if you slope the area slightly to allow for water runoff.
- Line your area with landscape fabric. This will stop weeds from growing up through your pavers.
- Put down a layer of course gravel about 10cm deep.
- Add a 3cm layer of sand on top of the gravel. You will need to pack it down and even it out. Ensure that it is still thick enough after you have done this.
- Starting in one corner, lay your pavers in your desired pattern. Lay the pavers in 2 x 4 groups and check the level with a spirit level. Use a rubber mallet to hammer out the bricks and make them even. When laying your pavers, you will need to leave approximately a 5mm gap between each brick.
- Seal all of the bricks. ABC Brick Sales sells a variety of sealers. We highly recommend sealing the entire area to prevent stains, mould growth, insects and weeds. Find out more about why we recommend sealing here.
- Spread sand over all of the pavers to fill the gaps in between. Use a broom to do this. Lightly spray the entire area with water and continuing adding sand as required.
- Stand back and admire your work!