05:31PM | 04/24/05
Member Since: 04/23/05
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The home i just purchased has a brick and mortar patio. It is old, moist, and falling apart with slimy moss, broken loose bricks etc. It slopes towards the house and rain pools up against the house where it meets the brick.

Can I simply buy some slate tiles and put thinset right on top of the brick with a gentle grade using thinset toward the grassy areas?



06:19PM | 04/26/05
Member Since: 03/09/04
32 lifetime posts
Hello Bgidney,

I would advise against adding a layer of mortar to the existing patio in an effort to correct the slope. Here's the problem... Let's assume for a minute that you went ahead and did just that. Now, it's seems you've diverted the water away from the house. But you haven't. You've simply directed ALL of the water to the edge of the patio where it will be saturated and will easily find it's way between the layers and once again head towords the house within the cracks and joints of the pavement below. Even if you were to create a mortar curb of sorts to cover the edge of the patio, you still run a high risk of cracked tile and mortar from the amount of flex and trapped water from the lower layer. I'm afraid the idea would prove to be a costly one. Do yourself a favor and tear out the existing patio. Then consider alternatives to mortar.

George Nicula

Brickways LLC

George Nicula

Brickways, LLC


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