If you are looking to do a paver patio behind your home, and you want to do it on your own but you have to get rid of the existing concrete slab first, there are some things you'll want to do. You want to make sure that you get rid of the concrete properly, and that you prep the area before you put down the pavers. Here are a few things you'll want to consider doing before starting the project.
Hire Slab Sawing Professionals
Have concrete professionals that can saw through the slab come to the property to cut the cement, and do all the labor and hauling. They can cut through the existing concrete with an industrial concrete slab saw, break all of the concrete up, and then have it all hauled away. This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get the area removed from your property. A company such as Concrete Coring Company can give you more information about slab sawing.
Rent a Power Grader
When you dig to put the pavers down, you want to make sure that the area is level and flat. Consider renting a power grader to flatten the earth so you have a level surface to start putting down the pavers. The power grader will also help to till the soil so you can pack it down tightly before you put the pavers down.
Put Down a Netted Liner
Putting a netted liner down before you start placing cement and pavers is ideal because it prevents weeds and grass from trying to grow up through your pavers, and it helps to prevent the pavers from shifting over time. It shouldn't be difficult to get the netted liner at the store where you get the pavers, and you'll want to cut it to match the shape and outline of your future patio and where the topsoil has been removed.
Many homeowners are able to install their own paver patio at their property, but getting rid of your existing property and prepping the area properly is going to improve the longevity of your new paver patio. You can save a lot of money doing the paver patio on your own, instead of outsourcing it to a professional company, but you have to make sure you have the right tools and high quality pavers so the patio lasts. Do these things before you start the project so you know you're starting with a great base.