How to: Using Landscape Glass Aggregates for a Paver Patio
This project is a round concrete paver patio using landscape glass aggregates in place of grout. The Turner family wanted a decorative patio in their backyard that would complement surrounding water features but have a different look from your standard paver patio. We began by pouring 70 pavers in octagonal forms using 3000psi ready mix.
The ground for the patio was dug out and 2 inches of crusher run packed down to create a level surface. Because the area is on a slight incline, a metal barrier was inserted to prevent wash-out. Finally, we surrounded the pavers with interlocking concrete edging to give the patio its distinct shape. Now that the patio is formed up, we’re ready to begin with the glass!
Because the patio is round, some of the pavers were cut to fit the space using a concrete saw. The pavers were carefully placed 3/4 in. apart to create a beautiful two-color patio design. We recommend using a spacer, such as piece of board, to ensure overall uniformity. When all the pieces were in place, Armando Sanchez with Heavenly Water Features began to gradually add approximately 100 lbs. of #2 Brown Glass into the spaces between the pavers. We’ve used #2 (1/4″-1/2″) on this project but #3 (3/4″-1 1/4″) glass would also be a good option. All of our glass comes from municipal recycling programs, glass factory waste or similar reclaimed sources so cleaning and washing the glass before beginning a project is a good idea, especially when working with clear or light colored glass types.
Create a Sensational Concrete Paver Patio with Landscape Glass
Spread the landscape glass aggregates by hand using a floor brush for a more even distribution. Once in place, the glass should be almost flush with the pavers themselves but no higher to reduce displacement. After carefully brushing the glass evenly into all the crevices, remove the loose glass from the surface. Use only what you need to create uniform depth across the patio.
When all the excess glass has been brushed away, gently wash the patio with a garden hose to clean the pavers and settle the glass into place. If any damage occurs to the paver finish during installation, touch up the color using tinted sealer and a foam brush wherever necessary. The pavers should be resealed with a sprayable clear concrete sealer once every 3 years. Though we’ve used a tinted sealer for this project, pavers can alternatively be integrally colored, acid stained or antiqued and sealed as well.
Landscape glass aggregates are striking, yet affordable and can be used to provide color and texture for any landscaping, countertop or garden décor project. Even in small amounts, glass can create a show-stopping centerpiece or design element for your home, office or backyard. Any color or size combination is possible. The sky and your own imagination are the only limits!
For more information on projects featuring landscape glass, call us today at 877-255-2656 or email for a personal design consultation.