DIY: How To Lay A Sandstone Patio (Step-By-Step w/ Videos)

Are you thinking about putting down a new patio in your backyard?

Would you like something that looks a little different than the traditional concrete slab or brick style patios?

Have you ever considered trying sandstone tiles, or Indian sandstone, for your patio laying needs?

If so, you’re in luck! Below, we’ve got all the information you need to learn a bout how to lay a sandstone patio in your own backyard. Whether you’re new at patio laying or you’ve done this several times before, you should have no trouble completing this project effectively.

Sandstone is a great material for patios for a few reasons. Here are some of our favorites:

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    Sandstone patios are affordable. They are not as cheap as concrete slabs, but they are less costly than flagstone and bluestone in most situations.
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    Sandstone tiles can hold up very well to the elements. They don’t become too easily damaged by rain, snow, and ice, and they will remain firmly in place in even the strongest of wind events, too.
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    If you’re looking for something that looks a lot different and more unique than most patios out there, sandstone is the way to go. Many people don’t have sandstone patios, and therefore, your backyard is sure to stand out from those around you when you have one installed.

Whichever reason inspires you to lay a sandstone patio, you’re sure to love the end result. So let’s get started putting that patio in place right away!

Materials

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  • Stakes and guidelines
  • Level
  • Square spade
  • Tamper
  • All-purpose gravel
  • Industrial sand
  • Quick-mix dry cement
  • Bucket
  • Sandstone tiles or pieces

Steps

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    To begin laying your sandstone patio, you’ll first need to level the ground where you’re going to place your patio.
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    First, start by putting down stakes and guidelines around the perimeter of the patio space. Use a level to ensure everything is straight and even.
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    Adjust the guidelines so that there is a slight incline away from your house. This should not be too noticeable when you’re actually standing or walking on the patio space, but it should be enough to prevent water from pooling around the base of your house when it rains.
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    Use a square spade to dig out the soil in the area where you want to place the patio. This step may take a while, but go slowly and ensure you get the ground level during this step.
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    Use a level to make sure everything is evenly dug out to a depth of about six inches below the height of the guidelines you have laid.
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    ​​​​Pour all-purpose gravel to a depth of about five inches below your guidelines. Spread it out very evenly and check with your level.
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    Use a tamper to press the gravel down to a depth of four inches.
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    Gather your pieces of sandstone and determine the pattern in which you want to lay them out. If they’re all the same shape and size this should not be too difficult, but if you’ve opted for a more unique mis-matched style, you may want to take some time planning this stage. For this reason, it’s important not to spread your cement yet.
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    Spread your dry cement out evenly over the gravel. Use a 2x4 piece of wood to spread it and pack it down so that it’s even and thoroughly covering your gravel space.
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    Lay the sandstone pieces on top of your sand and tamp down so that everything is even and in place where you want it. Work from the outside in for best results.
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    Spread industrial sand in between any cracks left surrounding your sandstone tiles and around the outside of the patio.
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    Spray the patio with water gently to encourage the sand and cement to pack into place. Check the level of the stones during this stage and adjust as needed.
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    Let your patio stand for a couple of days before you walk on it or put any furniture on it.
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    Spray the patio with water gently to encourage the sand and cement to pack into place. Check the level of the stones during this stage and adjust as needed.
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    Congratulations! You now have a beautiful sandstone patio just ready and waiting for you to use it.

Conclusion

Do you feel confident in your ability to install a sandstone patio in your backyard? This can be a slightly more challenging endeavor than installing a concrete slab patio, but the end result is a beautiful and very timeless style that is sure to make any home pop with its new outdoor space. Sandstone is a very durable type of type that provides a different take on the classic patio by offering lighter colors and more rustic inspirations than some other patio material options. If you choose to go this route, you’re sure to love the end results.

Now that your patio is installed, you may be curious about how to keep it clean and well-maintained. Here are three tips to help you get started:

  • After your patio has settled properly, you can clean it with a mixture of equal parts water and bleach. After pouring the bleach onto the slabs of sandstone, let it sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing it away very thoroughly with your garden hose.

Note: Be absolutely certain no animals or children walk on or come into contact with the patio while there is bleach sitting on it. Bleaching your patio is a great way to get rid of moss and algae that likes to grow on sandstone, but it can be very dangerous to children and pets.

  • Never use any type of cleaner that contains iron on your sandstone patio. Iron will react with the sandstone used in these tiles and will cause them to discolor beyond repair. Be especially cautious if you’re looking for something to kill fungus or mold that may be growing on your patio, since many of these commercial cleaners do contain iron.
  • If your patio is simply dirty but doesn’t have a mold or mildew problem, you can wash it off with a power washer. Use a very low pressure if you go this route, however, so you don’t dislodge the sandstone tiles from the cement or sand in which they’ve been placed.

Note: Don’t forget that you can always simply wash off your patio with a garden hose if it’s lightly dirty. Doing this regularly enough can be a great way to encourage your patio space to remain looking great and functioning properly without needing more thorough deep cleans or cleaning with harsher chemicals too often.

Keep these tips in mind to get as much life as possible out of your sandstone patio. With the right attention to maintenance and upkeep, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying your patio along with your friends and family for many years to come.

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