If you live in Indiana, chances are you’ve experienced cracked or broken patio stones because of our frigid winters. Bricks crack due to freezing and thawing, allowing water to cause damage. To be fair, bricks can also break due to poor installation or material issues.

Regardless as to how the damage happened, the stones need to be relaid. Not only will it look better, it’s also be safer for you and your family.

Here’s how you can replace a broken brick or patio paver.

  1. Use a crowbar to remove the broken stone. If it’s in concrete, you may need to break it first with a hammer and chisel. If you attempt this, make sure you wear protective eyewear and gloves.
  2. If there is old mortar present, chip it away. Also remove any debris from the stone bed.
  3. Next, put down new mortar and level it with a trowel.
  4. Place the new brick or paver in place. Make sure you double-check that it is level with the existing bricks.
  5. Use a mallet to tap the stone in place.
  6. Use mortar (or a dry mix) to repoint the stone.

If you have questions about your bricks or patio pavers, give Brick + Ember Outfitters a call. We love to do this type of project!