floating deck or pavers

laurmelaMay 4, 2010

We have a small area 12x9 in our side yard that we are trying to decide what to put. We thought about a floating deck and wanted to use a composite decking material, but it is sort of expensive. Yeah I know there is no maintenance, but it just seems like a lot for a small space. So then we were thinking about a paver patio of some sort. Here is a pic of the area.

excuse the empty bag of potting soil, I was working on planting at the time. The other end of the side yard looks like this.

This is looking from the gate towards the back of the yard.

We have real rocky soil and although we have a roto tiller, we still run into a lot of rocks. We just don't want to have to excavate much more. With the floating deck we just have to lay down the cement anchors, but with the pavers I think we need to go down 6"?

Is one easier than the other?



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Unless the ground freezes, all you have to do for a casual paver patio is LEVEL the ground and compact it.

Remove any surface rocks, rake it smooth, level it with a 2x4, tamp it down. A low-traffic patio area doesn't need more than flopping the pavers onto flat ground.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2010 at 6:26PM
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Pavers, for sure. My "no maintenance" composite deck gets covered in mold requiring frequent tedious power washing.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2010 at 7:37PM
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Well I think we found what we are going to do. Found some brickface pavers at HD they actually have a grout line! So just need 40 of them since they are 16x16! Then will fill around with rock, not gravel, bigger than that, which will be what the path is as well. Sort of like a floating paver patio! Will post pics when done!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2010 at 8:35PM
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