Do you have a concrete patio that’s in good condition, but in need of a makeover? If so, don’t demo that slab and start from scratch – use it as the foundation for a paver overlay! An overlay is a layer of paver stones that are added on top of existing concrete pavement. This renovation technique is the perfect way to give old patios, walkways, pool decks, driveways, and front entries a second life. In this month’s transformation blog, we’re taking you step-by-step through a recent paver overlay project.
This Prairie Village client had a great concrete base in place. They liked the overall setup of their backyard, but wanted their patio to have more character and dimension. Because their foundation was structurally sound and allowed for proper drainage, they were excellent candidates for a paver overlay. We are often asked if we can pour stamped concrete over existing patios. We do not install concrete overlays, nor do we recommend them for any exterior surface. These thin concrete applications cannot withstand KC’s harsh freeze/thaw cycles, and chipping and flaking is typically seen within two years. Pavers, however, are extremely durable. With a solid concrete substructure, these patios last for years.
The transformation began with a design consultation. Our designer Nick Knight met with the family to take measurements and discuss their project goals and budget. He put together this 3D rendering to help them visualize the end result.
Once the design and material selections were finalized, the crew began construction. First, they triple checked the concrete for any defects that could compromise the integrity of the installation. Then, they confirmed that the steps had sufficient clearance below the doorways, ensuring that the pavers would be flush with the threshold and not create a trip hazard.
The crew applied a thin layer of sand to level out any slight imperfections and then set the pavers directly overtop. When the pattern was complete, the outside row was secured with masonry adhesive.
For the body of their patio, the homeowners selected Catalina Slate pavers in the shade Aspen Blend. Burnt Amber Holland Stone was used for the border and steps to create visual intrigue.
The last step was sanding the paver field. The crew swept polymeric sand over the stones to fill the joints. Once set, it acts as a binding agent, locking the pavers in place. No outdoor space is complete without a fire pit. This Weston Wall, wood-burning model perfectly matches the light beige of the patio. The surrounding pavers were precisely cut to hold the blocks in place and create a seamless finish.
The final result – a stunning, contemporary patio space that will last for years to come! Ripping out their pre-existing slab and pouring new stamped concrete would have been a costly and time-consuming process. Going the route of a paver overlay was sustainable, made less mess, and allowed for a speedy transformation.
If you have an old or unsightly hardscape in need of an upgrade, visit our website or call 816-608-8847 to schedule a consultation. We’d love to show you the drastic difference a paver overly can make in your backyard!