How to Install Pool Pavers?


You and the family have decided to purchase a swimming pool and the next step is installing the pool pavers. If you are an ambitious and skilled can Do-It-Yourself and you would like to challenge yourself, why not install the pavers yourself. Most manufacturers nowadays give a step-by-step instruction kit on installations. However, if you are that confident, you may seek a professional contractor to do the job right!

Here is a Simple Guideline on Installing Pool Pavers:

Tools Needed

  • Pavers
  • Pavers base
  • Sand
  • Compactor
  • Masonry saw
  • Level
  • Rake
  • Gloves
Pool Pavers
Step 1: Preparation

Prepare Base

Professionals should always install the swimming pool because it acts as your guide before you can pave around the area around the pool. Once this has been done, you can then begin to smooth the soil using a rake, ensuring that it is flat and level. Further excavation may be needed to ensure that the depth of the area is at least 4 to 6 inches deep.

Step 2: Compaction

You may also need to hire a compactor from your nearest hardware store. Compaction should take place after excavation. This will make sure that the soil is prepared. A compactor brings all the soil together making it very smooth and compact and ready for the paver base. A fabric sheet known as a separation fabric may be used for the base and should be applied on top of the soil.


Step 3: Preparing the Paver Base

The type of suitable base material will depend on which type of pavers you have chosen to use as your pool pavers. Some of the common types of paver base used are:

  • Cement
  • Crushed stone
  • Crushed pavers
  • Sand
  • Mortar
  • Rubber Hammer head

Start mixing the base. After the base is mixed it then needs to be applied onto the leveled ground starting in small sections. A base of approximately 2 inches should be laid.

Step 4: Laying the Pavers

Once you've selected a creative pattern, seek your manufacturer's advice on purchasing a pattern grid. A pattern grid will help and guide you in installing the pavers in the right pattern.

Laying Pavers

It is always recommended to start laying pavers in a left to right order and starting in a far corner so you work your way backwards. Lay the pavers one by one in a continuous line. String may be set before you start to lay the pavers to guide you to paving in a straight line. Pave the area and use your pool as your guide. As you install a paver, use a soft hammer head to ensure it is compacting and level onto the base.

Step 5: Cutting the Pavers

Use a marker to mark out the shape and size that you need to cut your paver. Use a masonry to saw cut them into shape. It may be recommended that the cutting blade is wet when cutting the pavers into size.

Step 6: Filling in the Joints

Sand is the best material to fill in the gaps. Start by using a broom and sweep the sand over your paved pool area several times making sure the sand is completely in place.

Filling Joints With Sand

Helpful Tips:

  1. Seek your nearest professional’s advice as to what the right products will be for your project.
  2. Pool pavers need to by slip resistant.
  3. Hire a professional contractor if you can’t do it yourself.
  4. Enjoy you pool and pool pavers!