Conservatory base construction is probably the most feared aspect of installing DIY conservatories but with ConservaBase, it is incredibly quick and easy, in fact most of our steel conservatory bases can easily be completed in just 1 day. ConservaBase is completely suitable for DIY assembly and totally eliminates the need for outside trades such as builders and bricklayers. All the skill,  hard work and mess that is normally associated with traditional (and now old-fashion) conservatory base construction is eliminated. ConservaBase provides strong, safe foundations for any conservatory, goes hand in hand with DIY conservatories, has been fully tested by structural engineers and structural calculations produced that confirm that it easily exceeds suitability for its use. For more information on how ConservaBase can make your conservatory base construction easy and for full details of our superb range of DIY conservatories, call our sales team on 0800 952 8000.
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Drainage: The biggest problem with laying pavers over a concrete slab is the inability for water to drain through the blocks and down into the earth.
Edging: Like any other type of installation, a concrete slab paver patio needs to be firmly edged, to keep the sand and pavers from settling and squishing around. Semi-Mortared: Rather than dealing with edging, some builders use mortar or adhesive to hold the perimeter course of pavers in place. Concrete Condition: If the concrete slab is broken or in terrible shape, you might be better off ripping it up and starting over. Patio Extension: You can also extend the size of your patio, by digging out the soil around it and installing a proper gravel and sand bed, then screeding and tamping the sand across both the old and new areas to make it level.
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My landscaper installed pavers over my existing patio using a sand base and filling the spaces between with sand…then the rains came and leached water up to the stucco on the house. I’m the second owner of a townhouse and pavers were added to the concrete patio in approx. Since I’ve lived in this house from spring thru fall, high powered sprinkler have been saturating the patio and vinyl siding,leaving puddles of water all over patio.
The question: would almost 19 years of water saturating the patio and the house cause the downward sloping of the patio and the pavers to shift and come up and sink down? Another area to consider when making lawns and gardens look great is professional concrete curbing. Sign up for Danny's Monthly Newsletter and stay up to date on tips and tricks for the home. It stands on a few strategically placed small concrete pads or foundation blocks (for which we supply a pad plan).
With ConservaBase, the 2 or 3 fully welded steel sections (on an average sized base) simply bolt together and to the house wall making it the fastest, easiest, strongest and best steel conservatory base and modular wall system available. Every ConservaBase is supplied with easy to follow instructions and a 25 year structural and anti-corrosion guarantee.
While sand joints are still permeable, if properly set they can help excess water run off the surface rather than puddling. To do this, you’ll need a clean perimeter around the sand bed, so the blocks can stick directly to the concrete.
Be sure to plan for transitions to other areas, especially if the patio adjoins your house.


However, keep in mind that the non-concreted areas will be more likely to settle, and over time your patio may become uneven. After mulitple demo efforts, there are still traces of carpet glue residue and water pools in the center. There are 3 brick borders edges around the patio but not at the edge of the house where the sliding door is, instead the is about a 1″ space between the pavers and the wall. The homeowners association is responsible for outside maintenance and the sprinklers and they are trying to shift the responsibility for this issue. I have mortared in the two sides, but left the front of it unmortared to allow for drainage.
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Keep this drainage slope in mind when adding your pavers, and make sure the edge that drains water stays low and permeable.
Most building codes specify how far a masonry patio should be from a home’s siding, and you may need to install flashing to keep water away from the house. The patio is surrounded by the brick walls of our house on three sides and a short drivet wall on the fourth. For six years I wasn’t particularly careful about water hitting the wood fence that borders my backyard garden. The pitch from the middle of the patio has changed and its slopping toward the house and now my laminate floor is warped because of the moisture from the water absorbed by the concrete slab my house is built on. I planned on building the soil level up a little here so that it allows drainage, but also some restraint. You can also drill small drainage holes through the concrete every few inches, to help any puddling water seep into the ground.
This method can create a nonpermeable edge that could cause water to puddle under the pavers.
By last fall the cedar posts needed bracing to keep it upright, and this summer I had to replace it–to the tune of $7,000. I say this could ultimately result in stucco damage as well as other structural problems…any suggestions?



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