Pave the terrace with clinker bricks

Pave the terrace
Pave the terrace

A terrace built of bricks has its own charm and above all it is durable. Laying out such a paved area is not very difficult, but requires good planning and time.

Clinker pavers are perfect for driveways, terraces or garden paths. They are burned particularly hard and are therefore more weatherproof than wood and concrete blocks. Due to their structure, they absorb very little moisture and are therefore frost-free, so that winter hardly leaves any damage. In the past, these stones were often only offered in shades of red, but now they are available from yellowish to almost black.

1. prepare the ground

An approximately 25 cm high base layer is built up from crushed stone or gravel. Compact the layer with a vibrating plate. The base course is followed by a 3 to max. 5 cm high bed of grit or paving sand. Use a spirit level and straightedge to level off the layer. Remember to plan for a sufficient slope of at least 2.5 percent for surface drainage. The slope must lead away from the building.

2. Lay pavers

Start on a straight side. From there you stretch a guide line at a right angle and a distance of about 1.5 meters. This is how the alignment of the butt joints later runs straight. The joint width between the pavers should be around 3 to 5 mm. After about four rows, fill the joints with fine crushed sand or grit to stabilize them. Use the angle grinder to shorten the stones to create fitting pieces for corners and transitions. For a straight laying pattern, you should always work in sections. Sections of approx. 2 x 2 m are ideal.

3. tighten joints

In order to improve the composite effect of the pavement, the joints are finally swept in with fine crushed sand or fine chippings. Then the paved surface is compacted with a surface vibrator with rubber protection, starting from the edges towards the center of the pavement. Then the joint sand is swept in again and finally washed in with water.