Replacing Pavers With Concrete
Here's the Reason We Wanted to Replace the Pavers
Transforming Our Patio by Changing the Pavers to Concrete
After 14 years of pavers on our patio, we decided to switch to a concrete surface. The pavers looked great at first, but over the years became prone to mold and had weeds coming up between them.
This switch from pavers to concrete was part of our project to expand our screen room. In Florida, the weather is great for outdoor living, so we wanted a bigger space and one that was easier to take care of.
Follow along below to see what was involved in switching from the original pavers to a new patio of concrete. Although it took some time, we expect to enjoy our outdoor living space more now without spraying chemicals on the weeds or having to pressure wash to remove mold.
This photo essay doesn't include the removal of the screen room or the construction of the new one. It covers the removal and replacement of the patio surface.
Mold Builds up on Pavers from Frequent Rains
Removing the Old Pavers
Removing the Pavers
The time between removing the pavers and getting the concrete poured was several weeks. Rain every day delayed the project. Then we had several days of fine weather but the concrete companies were behind schedule.
Finally, our turn came and the rains held off. The concrete was poured in one day and smoothed for drying.
Pouring and Spreading the Concrete
The Concrete Pour
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Smoothing out the Surface
Getting the Concrete Smoothed
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Now the Concrete Has to Dry
Adding Expansion Joints?
Cutting Lines in the Concrete
Finishing the Surface Work
Finishing the Surface
Our Thanks to MD Construction for Their Careful Work
Questions & Answers
Is that a drain for the water in the last picture in the article on replacing pavers with concrete, or an expansion joint?
Right where the shadow falls on the pavers in the picture is a drain. Those are put near the house to keep water from backing up towards the house in a heavy rain. There are ones also around the perimeter of the paving (about a foot or so in from the edge) to allow drainage.