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Concrete Patio Cover-Up

The concrete pad creates a functional patio, but over time can become stained, cracked, or just plain boring. Give your space a fresh look with a new layer of pavers.

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1 weekend

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An old standby, the concrete pad creates a functional patio, but over time yours may have become stained, cracked, or just plain boring. Wait—don’t pull out a jackhammer just yet! Consider this less jarring alternative: Lay pavers over the existing concrete. They will hide a multitude of flaws and give your space a fresh look.

Before starting this project, take careful measurements to be sure that adding pavers will not block your door threshold.

The time and cost estimates are for the 200-square-foot patio shown. These figures will vary based on the size of your patio. To make your project easier, ask about Lowe’s delivery service.

Step 1


Sweep the site thoroughly. Spread a thin layer of paver base on the concrete. Leave a base-free perimeter of about 8 inches, or one row of pavers, around all patio edges. You'll need to spread mortar directly on the concrete there. If your patio is cracked, consider placing a layer of weed defense fabric on the concrete before you spread the paver base.

Step 2


Place the pavers, starting in one corner. For a more "cobbled" appearance, avoid placing similar paver sides next to each other. You also can split the pavers into four smaller pieces to vary the pattern or to work into hard-to-fit spots.

Step 3

Pick up and set aside the pavers from the rows on outer patio edges only. In a tub or wheelbarrow, mix a small amount of mortar according to the manufacturer's instructions. (Mix only what you plan to use in a couple of hours - the mortar will be starting to set after that time.)

Step 4


Working in small sections and using a masonry trowel, spread a thin layer of mortar on the exposed concrete. Replace the pavers as you work. Let the mortar set according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 5


Spread polymeric sand over the pavers. Sweep it in using a push broom. Polymeric sand creates a strong yet flexible joint when sprayed with water.

Step 6

Use a whisk broom to sweep the paver surfaces free of all polymeric sand, and remove sand from nearby surfaces.

Step 7

Spray a fine mist of water over the pavers. Allow the polymeric sand to set according to the manufacturer's instructions.