11:07PM | 10/13/05
Member Since: 09/24/05
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I had a stamped concrete patio put in our backyard and it has already cracked in two places in just 3 weeks. The contractor was an idiot and a jerk and put the expansion joints in the wrong places. The stamp is also done improperly and looks somewhat unsightly.

I want to know if I can put pavers on top of the stamped concrete. Also if I do, should I set them with mortar or should I use sand. I will have to use thin pavers ~1" thick since the concrete comes up to the patio door on the house. I was also thinking of putting slate tiles since it would be a thinner material, but I guess I would have to seal it fairly often. Any advice would be really helpful.


11:35AM | 10/15/05
Member Since: 12/27/02
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I'm not a concrete specialist, but I think that the exp. joint would telescope through the slate, if mortared... a paving stone might not though, I'd check that one at the supplier.

The problem is that the sand may wash out depending on how your swales & water distribution is for your yard ... if you used some type of inhibiter with the sand grout that hardens may slow the process, & protect the sides with a border.

Like I did here,

I did motar those down though, because of the slop.

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11:37AM | 10/15/05
Member Since: 12/27/02
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Ha ha, slope not slop... geez.

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09:08PM | 10/15/05
Member Since: 09/24/05
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Thanks for the advice, I am looking at where I can get thin pavers. It seems like they are mainly from companies in Florida. I will have to see what places in SoCal offer them. Thanks again.


02:10PM | 11/03/05
Member Since: 02/03/03
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I recently (2 years ago) put brick pavers over some existing concrete and it turned out great. The concrete was in pretty good shape though but did have some small cracks. Still looks perfect. I would use cement or thinset mortar. I have used both and been happy with both.


06:16AM | 12/24/05
Member Since: 12/23/05
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I have the same issue and am trying to find 1" pavers for my cracked concrete patio. I am thinking I'll use a combination of thinset around the border and sand everywhere else.

Did yours end up working?
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