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Old 06-21-2016, 12:08 AM   #1
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Interlocking Patio Tiles Over Pea Gravel?


Trying to add a temporary 15x15 ft extension to an existing patio.* Simplest option would be to pour a concrete pad, but HO is planning a major reno in a couple of years and doesn't want anything difficult to remove or too expensive.* Suggested laying out the area with pea gravel, but HO is concerned about the loose fill moving around, particularly while moving patio chairs around.* There is a slight slope, about 6-8 in lower on the far edge, so some kind of fill would be needed in any case.

Does anyone have experience with using interlocking tiles (e.g. blocktile) in such an application? The brands I've looked at seem to require a harder substrate, like concrete or an existing deck/patio.* I can easily imagine the strain on the tile joints from a concentrated weight (like under a chair leg) being a problem if there's not enough support.* Is anyone familiar with any brands durable enough for this, but not too expensive?* Would a different fill material be preferable?
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Old 06-21-2016, 07:32 PM   #2
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Why not just put in pavers?


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Forget they ever mentioned temporary. There's no guarantee of that. Just give an affordable, properly-done solution (especially since they want to put chairs on it).

What's their idea of inexpensive, anyway?
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thanks for your reply...He balked at the price of pavers, which is mostly labor. Somehow he got the idea that $1.50 pavers from HD were going to be cheap to install so I'm trying to find a simpler option.
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Sounds like this is one to walk away from. If pavers are too expensive, what is he expecting?

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They want to spend about $500-$800 to cover the gravel with interlocking composite tiles or a connecting plastic mat vs the labor of installing pavers which they vow they will remove next year...maybe it is a pass, but I'll see what they come up in a few days or if they reconsider..they problem is that they agreed to the cost of two other jobs, so i'do hate to lose the client.
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They want to spend about $500-$800 to cover the gravel with interlocking composite tiles or a connecting plastic mat vs the labor of installing pavers which they vow they will remove next year...maybe it is a pass, but I'll see what they come up in a few days or if they reconsider..they problem is that they agreed to the cost of two other jobs, so i'do hate to lose the client.
Tell them that they still need a base, which is why it costs what it costs. It's about safety, etc.

Cost this up: frame it (perimeter) with timbers, fill with gravel and sand, set 12 x 12's into it. I saw a dIY job done that way with brick pavers and it held up great. I don't even think it was compacted.
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Why not put crushed concrete under it -3/8" fines aka paver base around here.
Pack that down with a little bit of moisture and it'll be as hard as you'd want something temporary in a week or so of time.
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Yeah, I'm thinking the same way, thst a compacted qp base might hold up in this application. thanks SB!

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Just use some 3/4 clear gravel, or road crush and compact it well with a machine. You can always reuse this gravel after for anything that requires a nice good draining base. Pea gravel is not good for much other than looks. I never use that stuff. You can never compact it, it always moves around.

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