What would happen if I covered my deck in pavers?

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I'm 1000 miles away from home working on a deck for a family member who recently suffered a stroke. He's recovering, but for the time being he's very unsteady on his feet. The deck in question had a lot of mold, and was very slick when wet. I've already pressure washed and cleaned the surface, so that the mold is gone and it's no longer slick. That was the main goal -- in his present state, the deck was outright dangerous; now it's much safer.

However, the deck wood now has no protection against rain and moisture... I just stripped it all away :) If I don't also do something to protect the wood, it'll be slick again in no time at all, not to mention start to rot. My problem is that I'm only here for another couple of days, and the weather is not cooperating with finishing the project. It's dry enough to get out and work without getting rained on, but not enough for wood to dry out. After the last scattered rain, there is no chance it will dry in time for me to do anything...

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Before you start reading all the detailed questions and comments in the Forum why not read these common questions people ask us all the time?

They will probably answer your key questions and save you some time. Then follow up with our Forum for more specific issues if you wish.

Thanks for considering the Titan Deck Foot Anchor as a building solution for your next dream deck project!

Reading the following questions and answers will help you decide if this is a solution for you.

All I need is a hand held impact wrench to install it?

All you need is a 1/2" drive electric or pneumatic impact wrench - not a drill.

An impact wrench does not generate constant torque and this makes it much easier to use and hold with one hand.

This is one of the most attractive user friendly aspects of using the Deck Foot. Other similar systems like spikes require you to use a heavy sledge hammer or jack hammer wtih adapters to drive the spikes into the...

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So what does all of that have to do with polymeric sand. Let me explain. In my opinion, I believe that polymeric sand was created for Do-It-Yourself installations where the installer lacked experience or proper equipment to get the proper size particle sand into the paver joint. Of course it was primarily created to prevent weeds growing in-between the pavers, but once that objective was accomplished I believe the next order of business for the manufacturer was to make the product easy to install. If polymeric sand was made with the same course joint sand that’s been recommended for years we might not be having this discussion. But that’s not the case.If you remove the ease of installation it would eliminate more than half of their market in my estimation. What exactly did the manufacturers do that makes polymeric sand so easy to install, they made the sand particle size as fine as they possibly could so that it easily falls down into the paver joints. As I discussed in my first...

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Solve Water Problems First

This corner of the patio had settled by more than 2 in. over the years. That meant a big reservoir after rain—and water in the basement. So we filled the reservoir with exterior-grade self-leveling compound. After the first batch hardened, we poured on a thin coat and gave it a slight slope so water would run away from the house.

Self-leveling compound hardens fast, so you can get on with the project. But it's also expensive. If you're not in a rush, you can get similar results for less than one-third the cost with concrete topping mix such as Sakrete Top 'n Bond or Quikrete Sand/Topping Mix.

We also took a couple of other water-fighting steps. To prevent water from seeping down along the foundation, we caulked the gap between the patio and the house. At the other end of the patio, a corner of the slab had sunk slightly below the level of the soil and rainwater pooled there. To correct that, we shaved off the sod with a spade, dug out a...

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There are several factors to consider when choosing the best pool deck pavers for accenting an in-ground pool, such as the durability of the product, the intended final appearance of the deck, and the general maintenance requirement of the paving material. Safe materials for a pool deck are concrete, brick, or stone, as all of these materials can be treated to provide a slip resistant surface, which is crucial for pool deck use. These materials are also available in a wide variety of colors and patterns and are easily adapted to fit in with any pool decor. Many homeowners choose to add pool deck pavers to their poolside areas to protect the pool itself from debris such as grass and dirt, as well as to add a feeling of luxury and beauty to their outside recreation space.

One of the first factors many people consider when choosing pool deck pavers is the durability of the material. It is important that the material is durable enough to withstand years of foot traffic, weather...

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If you’re considering replacing or adding a walkway, patio or driveway to your outdoor living area, you may become befuddled over the myriad of choices you have.

Some paving materials are more cost-effective than others, and certain types are more durable and easier to maintain.

The most commonly used paving materials today are concrete slabs and paving stones. Each option can provide different advantages depending on your needs.

Poured concrete slabs are often used for outdoor residential spaces due to their cost and relative ease of installation. With the development of stamped concrete, homeowners also have options as far as designs and textures are concerned.

Paving stones or brick pavers are individual sections made from various materials like natural stone, concrete or brick. Many of these pieces interlock, which makes for a flexible system that is extremely durable.

Cost Comparison of Concrete Slabs & Pavers

Standard concrete slabs...

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Top Quality Brick Pavers Installation, guaranteed.


N. Ricardo's Brick Pavers, Inc. has more than 1.8 Million SQ. FT. of brick pavers installed (do the math: we install an average of 5000 SQ FT/week. In 7 years: 7 * 52 * 5000 = 1,820,000 SQ FT). Our specialties are in commercial and residential installations, re-installation, repair, remodeling and maintenance of brick, marble, travertine, clay and stone pavers.

We pave driveways, pool decks, side walks, patios, walkways, steps, walks and other custom designs.

We are here to serve you with the knowledge and the reputation you deserve. In the construction industry it's so hard to find a reputable company. Just read the news. You want a company that you can trust. We are that company and we will prove that to you. From the moment you meet us for the first time to the moment your pavers are installed, we will update you every step of the way.

We have long term...

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We carry a huge selection of travertine pavers and we serve all of Arizona. Call us at 602-269-9600 for your pricing.

We ship to the following cities to a pickup location near you. We also have reviews posted from each city.


"We had been putting off getting our pool done and sat on the project for awhile until we found the paver we wanted at a competitive price. Here it appears that a bunch of pool builders are becoming victims of the times and are cutting costs where ever they can and therefore are cutting out the best material for the job. Instead of using a high quality material to build the decking, they are using low quality and low grade material. We were so happy to happen upon the travertine pavers because they gave us the beautiful stone look we wanted in our pool decking." Candi Phoenix, AZ


"A few years back, we decided to replace our existing pool with a travertine paver and we researched the product like...

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Do pavers need to be mortared into place?
No mortar is needed to install concrete pavers. It is recommended that you use course granular sand, which will bind the pavers together with a friction joint. This sand is swept into the joints and compacted to achieve the proper installation.

What is the white residue on the pavers?
The white residue on top of the pavers is a condition called efflorescence. This condition is greatly minimized with the use of Pavestone pavers because of an additive that Pavestone uses to control this condition. Efflorescence will wear off in about 2 to 3 months naturally but it can be removed with whitewall cleaner and a wire brush. Ask your Pavestone dealer about other professional cleaners.

Where can I get a plate compactor and what do I need it for?
Just about any equipment rental yard will have a plate compactor usually renting for about $45-$60. One of the final steps in completing your Pavestone paver project is running a...

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1. Low Cost, Easy Maintenance

A patio can be created with many materials, but it's hard to beat one made from pavers for ease of installation and low maintenance. The initial cost may be higher than other options, but you'll save in the long run by not having to stain or seal it continuously. Plus, repairs are easier, one paver at a time.

2. Dig Deep For Best Results

Before you prep your patio area, call your local utilities or 811 to have any plumbing, cable or electrical lines marked. Then dig down below the root level of vegetation in the area, a good six inches or so. For dry soil, try watering the area the night before you plan to dig to dampen and soften the area for easier digging.

3. Keep It Weed Free

Use landscaping cloth to create a barrier between the old soil and the new base of sand you'll be using. This will minimize the efforts of weeds and other unwanted vegetation to encroach upon your patio from...

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Common Questions

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 adhesive.

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 paved areas.

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...

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In this article, you'll learn

The differences between a patio and a deck. The costs associated with each option and the potential ROI of adding either to your home. Which option is best for you based on your home and unique needs. How Great Day Improvements can access your space and determine if a deck is right for you.

If your house is in dire need of some outdoor space, adding a patio or deck can increase your square foot without robbing your children of their college educations. Each option offers an area to gather with friends and family, grill out, and relax under the sun (or stars); the option you choose will likely depend on your budget, space and needs. In this article we’ll take a look at the benefits of both patios and decks so your hardest decision will be where to place the grill.

Patio or Deck: What's the Difference?

Oftentimes homeowners use these terms interchangeably, but there are differences between the two. A patio refers...

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Structural Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain outdoor tiles offer an attractive, frost resistant, stain resistant, low maintenance exterior paving solution for both commercial and residential applications where the look of natural wood or stone is preferred, but low maintenance and consistent appearance, year after year, is essential. Thanks to modern digital printing techniques, porcelain pavers are available in an exceptional range of colors and styles, including wood look pavers which simulate the features, color and grain structure of natural wood, with a natural elegance that is impossible to achieve with concrete pavers. Porcelain pavers incorporate all the style and benefits of regular porcelain tiles including practically zero water absorption, stain resistance, frost resistance and scratch resistance.

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What about grass growing in the cracks and ant infestation?
Weed killers and ant killer products will not harm your pavers. Test an area that is not visible or use an extra paver that you have left over from the installation, to be safe.

What is efflorescence?
It is a whitish powder-like deposit which sometimes appears on concrete or clay products. The deposit is the residue of a soluble salt carried to the face of the product by moisture and left on the surface as a dry powder following evaporation of the moisture. The phenomenon was reported on as early as the 1870s. Efflorescence itself in no way affects the structural integrity of the product.

Where do the salts come from?
The salts are found in the native soil, the gravel base, sand, stone, or in the cement used to manufacture the paving stones.

What happens if I have to do a repair job below the pavers; will it leave an unsightly patch mark?
No, that is one of the long-term...

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