In this how to article we teach you how to install porcelain pavers – traditional mortar installation on concrete.

Please note that this method is rated for pedestrian foot traffic, so please review your paver installation instructions and consult a professional if you need an installation that can withstand heavier traffic like cars.

This mortar bed installation is closely related to a typical tile installation. There are many options for this, so let’s just review some key factors when considering this installation type so you can know what to discuss with your contractor:

  1. Planning

    Ensure that your concrete substrate is smooth and clean with a 2 degree slope for proper drainage.

  2. Strength

    The concrete should be at least 4” thick and reinforced if you plan to have any light vehicular traffic.

  3. Mortar

    You can use a thinset mortar, it is specifically suitable for paver installation and external use. Otherwise, a thickset mortar option is best.

  4. Membrane

    An uncoupling membrane is recommended to help minimize potential movement issues.

As you can see, there are myriad ways to include porcelain pavers into your design. All it takes is some prep work and you’re bound to have great results in no time!

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