When you close your eyes, you can see the perfect patio. When considering installing patio pavers laid out in a specific design with your special touch of backyard landscaping, should you hire a professional or do it yourself? While the final product is crystal clear, the paver installation process is a little foggy.
There are countless television shows and websites devoted to the joys of doing it yourself, but that doesn’t mean that it’s always the best strategy. If you hire a reputable contractor specializing in patio pavers, you’ll know what the project will cost before any work begins and can be confident that the final result will be professional.
However, if you decide to do it yourself, it means you’ll need to think about several things, including:
Saving on Labor Costs.
Saving on labor costs is one of the major selling points for the do-it-yourself approach. While you may not have to pay anyone, there will still be labor costs. After all, your time and effort have value. You’ll also want to consider the matter of muscle. One patio paver may not be that heavy, but handling the number needed to complete even a small patio will require a fair amount of strength. Be sure that you are physically capable of installing patio pavers. The constant up and down is extremely strenuous on your back and legs.
Implementing a Patio Design.
Envisioning the final result is only part of completing a patio design plan. Do you know how to transform your patio design idea into a reality? Can you create accurate sketches, determine types and quantities of materials, and make sure that the patio idea is both feasible and affordable? Are you confident that you can adapt your patio design if something unexpected appears when you begin the project? Remember, any mistakes during the design phase can leave you facing a price tag that is higher than you expected, so if you decide to take a do-it-yourself approach, don’t skimp on the patio design process.
Ability to Stay on Budget.
Putting a price on a do-it-yourself patio project can be unexpectedly tricky. While figuring out how many stone pavers you’ll need and what they will cost is pretty straightforward, you’ll also need to consider the cost of the sand that goes under them, leveling string, piping and wood for any framing. In addition, you’ll want to budget for delivery costs and the expense of purchasing or renting the necessary tools.
If you decide to install your own square or interlocking pavers, you’ll need to do more with tools than just rent or purchase them. Once you obtain the required tools, you’ll have to be able to use them safely and effectively. At the very least, you’ll need to be capable of using a compactor and a cutter. If you think video tutorials are sufficient, then by all means, go for it. If you find the idea intimidating, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
It can certainly be satisfying to build something with your own hands; it is also undeniably frustrating when a project doesn’t come out quite right. With more than 50 years of patio design and installation experience, Dulando Screen & Awning has built a reputation for excellent customer service, outstanding reliability and superior craftsmanship. If you’re ready to enrich your outdoor living space with patio pavers, contact us today to schedule a free in-home design consultation.