Aggie Lala. Patio & Pergola. March 01st , 2017.
Before digging, make sure that you know where all underground utilities are identified. To find out, you can order a "utility locate," by calling 811.
Ideally, you should clean your patio regularly, but if life has been hectic and you haven't done much in the way of maintenance lately, now is a good time to catch up on some essential tasks.
In the Northeastern US, most suggest using at least a 4-6 inch base of crushed stone, and even up to 7 inches is recommended due to harsh winter weather. For brick pavers, this means that you'll need to dig to about 9" depth, since the pavers are 2 inches in height. Since this is a lot of digging, it may be one of the primary reasons to hire a landscape company.
The drawbacks of concrete include lack of beauty, and long term maintenance costs. The only type of decking that requires more maintenance than concrete is wood. Pavers, bricks, and other stones are the flip side of that coin - pretty, and low maintenance, but initially more costly.
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