I have a concrete patio and I want to build a stone patio. Do I have to remove the concrete first?

I am updating my back yard and I want to redo my patio in the easiest way possible. Right now it's just an old concrete slab about 20 by 15 feet. It's not completely level but it's not bad. I wanted to use the concrete as a base for pavers or stone but I am unsure how to do it. I am estimating that the new patio will be 2 to 3 inches above the old concrete. Is this possible?

Asked By: deaconofreakin - 5/11/2008
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As others point out, it will make a difference if in fact the patio is at a point of entry/exit. BUT<<<<<< it may not be, and assuming that you have to tear out the existing, without at all knowing the current situation is ludicrous... More
Answered By: DIY Doc - 5/11/2008
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no it is not ok to do that as all you will end up with is a 3" tripper by the exit door. because of the finish grad of the existing concrete, you either have to remove tha whole thing and re pour it 3-4" below the final grade at the door opening, or use what is call thin brick pavers. These thin brick pavers are only 1... More
Answered By: Rosco Turnbuckle - 5/11/2008
The concrete isn't level, so the new patio wouldn't be level. Also, it would be considerably higher than you probably want. I would remove the cement.
Answered By: Super Delegate - 5/11/2008
Use the existing concrete for a base and veneer it with flagstones. You put them down using thin set mortar as an adhesive. You can buy stones that are less than 2" thick and the thin set will occupy another quarter inch or so.
Answered By: RAY K - 5/11/2008
as long as you are lower than your threshold and not sloping towards your house , you'll be ok...thats how i did mine...
Answered By: Dan the brick man - 5/11/2008
Contact a concrete expert who does a lot of slab work that includes textures. You might be amazed at what they can do with concrete instead of pavers. The end result will look just like pavers, but will help you avoid the weeds and uneven surfaces.
Answered By: united9198 - 5/11/2008
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