With summer vacations (trips) being put on hold for most people in the Hamilton and Burlington area for the foreseeable future, many more people are instead undertaking home improvement projects. If you love to spend time outdoors, you may have decided that this is the year for a patio installation. Perhaps you have seen pictures on Instagram or Houzz, and you know exactly what you want your outdoor space to look like. But you may also wonder whether hiring a professional for your patio installation is really worth the cost, or if this might be a good DIY project for you. 

Although you can find many good instructional videos and articles online to help you do your own patio installation, doing so is not for everyone. In this article, we will discuss some of the factors involved in installing a patio for your Hamilton or Burlington home. 


If you order materials from a distributor or even a big box store, you may have the option of having them delivered to your home. Even if you do, however, if you are doing the work yourself, you will still have to haul pavers around your yard to get them into the proper position – and they are not light! Professional patio installers will have all the equipment necessary to move materials around your yard to get the job done efficiently. 

Drainage and Compaction Issues

The last thing you want is to spend a lot of money on a patio only to have it unevenly sunken into the ground and collecting pools of water every time it rains in only a few short years. Professional installers will inspect your yard for any potential drainage issues and use compaction, grading and screeding to prevent uneven sinking. 

Cutting the Pavers

To ensure a perfect fit, some of the pavers will have to be cut. Professionals do this using a heavy-duty masonry saw. 

Freeze and Thaw Considerations

The Hamilton and Burlington area can get some pretty variable weather, particularly during the winter. It is not uncommon for the ground to freeze and thaw multiple times per year, and this can wreak havoc on a poorly laid patio. 

It is important, therefore that paving stones are laid in such a way that keeps this type of environment in mind. 


Finally, it is important to remember that when you are having a patio installed that most professionals offer a warranty on their work. This protects you in case you run into problems within the first few years. 

Contact Evergreen Landscapes today

If one of your home-improvement plans this year is having a patio installed at your Hamilton or Burlington home, the team at Evergreen Landscapes can help. We offer professional design and installation services. Call us today for a consultation so that you can still have time to enjoy your beautiful new patio before for the cold weather hits.