If you’ve determined that your paver patio needs to be completely replaced or if it’s simply not right for your space, you need to remove it. This may seem like a straightforward process, and it is, but there’s a little more to it than simply picking up the pavers and moving them. Here are the basics of removing a paver patio.
Determine if You Do Need to Remove it
If you want different pavers or don’t like the patio where it is, this isn’t a question—you know you want to remove it. However, if the problem has to do with the condition of the pavers, you may find that you can replace those that are damaged without removing the entire patio. Carefully examine each paver and make a list of all of the ones that need to be replaced. You may find that you don’t need to remove the entire patio and start over.
How Will You Remove the Pavers?
There are a few different methods you can use to remove pavers. If you only need to take out a few of them, you can use two flat head screwdrivers to lift them out. If the stones are fairly large, you might need another person to help with this. The best way to remove pavers more quickly and without damaging the surrounding stones is to use an extractor tool. These tools can be purchased at many home improvement stores or ordered online.
Prepare the Paver for Extraction
Before removing a paver, you need to first weaken its connection to those around it. First, pour water around the edges. This will help loosen the grout or sand that’s holding it in place. Next, tape the pavers that surround it with a rubber mallet. This will help loosen up the connecting joints. You don’t need to use much force to tap them. If you do, you could crack older pavers.
Remove the Paver
Using either the two screwdriver method or an extractor tool, remove the paver slowly. You may need to wiggle the stone a bit to loosen it up. Once you’ve lifted the paver out, you can move on to the next one. If you’re taking out damaged pavers, make sure you get all of the pieces.
The more pavers you remove, the easier it will be to take out the rest. You may even be able to get many of them out by hand.
Have Questions About Pavers?
If you have any questions about building or removing a paver patio, the team at Island Block & Masonry Supply are here to help. Contact us today with any questions you have.