- Boonton Township
- Byram Township
- Cedar Grove
- East Hanover
How much does a patio or walkway cost?
The main difference in cost for a patio and/or walkway is the type of material. For example, you may want to use a concrete paver or a natural stone product. Typically, a concrete paver is more cost effective. There are many manufacturers of paver stones and natural stone products that will offer different price points. Due to the quantities we purchase, we are able to pass along our bulk savings directly to the customer.
Application can have an effect on cost as well. Accessibility, environmental constraints, proper drainage etc. can all have an impact on cost. Price range for concrete pavers varies from $10-$18 per square foot installed, depending on the product. Natural stone starts at approximately $15 per square foot.
How do I know if I have chosen the right material for my patio?
We have an expert team to advise you on material. We take into consideration; budget, environmental factors, functionality, and aesthetics when making recommendations to clients to ensure they are making the right choice.
How will I know if I will like the design of my patio?
Patio Builders NJ design team is proficient in CAD based 3D computer design programs. We can customize your outdoor living space tailored exactly to what you have envisioned.
Do I need permits to build a patio?
Different towns/cities have different requirements when it comes to patios. Most towns/cities do not require a construction permit. However, it is important to contact town hall prior to the start of any project.
Will my pavers sink over time?
Patio Builders NJ construction team has generations of experience building patios. Our patios and walkways are guaranteed not to sink.
What is the process to build a patio?
How To Install a Patio and/or Walkway
Create the Layout
Begin laying out your patio by measuring out the width and length of your surface area. Before starting to dig, call your local utility company and request a “one-call service” to mark the buried gas, water and electrical lines. Utility companies usually provide this service at no charge, and the marked indicators will make it easy to know where not to dig.
Stake and Paint the Perimeter
If digging by hand, drive stakes in the ground at the corners and connect string between each stake, giving you the general layout. Use landscaper’s spray paint to mark the area directly on the ground.
Fix Patio Height
Determine the finished patio height. It should be slightly above the surrounding ground so that rainwater won’t stand on the surface. Take into consideration the thickness of your paving stone and make sure to leave an extra 6″ for your sand and gravel foundation. The secret to a long-lasting patio lies in a good base for the pavers. The thickness of your base depends upon the soil: low-lying, wet soils need a thicker base than well-drained soils.
Excavate and Tamp
Now that you’ve taken in all the base considerations, it’s time to excavate the area and firmly tamp the dirt surface to the desired height, making sure it’s level.
Fill in with Gravel
Fill the entire area with a 4″ layer of crushed gravel. Again, level it off, making sure your patio slope is consistent.
Lay Down Sand
After measuring and marking off the patio area, lay in a bed of sand. For small areas, a hand tamper will be sufficient to smooth out the surface; larger areas will be better served with a power tamper. The tamper will create its own forward momentum by vibration. Steer it as you would a lawnmower, going up and down the area in rows, covering the entire gravel base. Next add a 2″ layer of sand. This will hold the paving stones in place while providing an even, settled surface on which to work.
After screeding the sand layer and before laying any paving stones, frame your area with landscape edging. Aluminum edging is recommended because it’s lightweight, flexible, and easy to use and doesn’t warp. Also, if you happen to be mowing the yard and get too close, aluminum edging won’t tear up, whereas plastic edging will shred in a second.
Snap a Chalk Line and Place Pavers
Before starting to lay the pavers in place, snap chalk lines along the edges of the patio to ensure the paver rows stay straight. To give the patio a nice framed feel, place the outer row perpendicular to the inner rows. After you get the hang of the first few, the rest of your patio will take shape in no time.
After patio is installed you may now sand joints with either yellow sand or polymeric sand. Polymeric sand is suggested because it blocks weeds and inhibits settling and heaving.
What other services do you offer?
Here is a list of services offered but not limited to:
- East Orange
- Essex Fells
- Fair Lawn
- Florham Park
- Franklin Lakes
- Glen Ridge
- Lincoln Park
- Little Falls
- Midland Park
- Morris Plains
- Mountain Lakes
- North Caldwell
- Pine Brook
- Pompton Plains
- Roxbury Township
- Saddle River
- Upper Saddle River
- Victory Gardens
- West Caldwell
- West Orange
- Woodland Park
- Parsippany – Troy Hills