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Local building codes in your area will dictate what kind of beam (material/size) you will need to span that distance. Same goes for where to source the beam. Also depending on where you live you may need to factor in snow-load if you are adding a roof to a structure that currently doesn't have one (e.g. pergola).


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Leaving joists between two different elements and/or two different materials without any seal is never a good idea if you ask me, especially outside. Even if everything works great it can look a bit ugly because elements could be in different slopes or slopes might be in different planes and some edge differences between elements might become visible which ...


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Yes, I would seal it the best I could, otherwise some of the water would soak in between the joints. If it sloping away from the structure you should be fine.


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It's normal for it to loosen a bit the first season or two as things finish settling. If you're in a freeze/thaw cycle climate that can also cause that. You should be able to apply your sealer over the sanded joints, though it may not prevent this issue from happening again. Patios take maintenance. I had to re-apply a new layer of sand every few years to ...


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Polymeric sand is to lock paver joints. It's not waterproof any more than concrete (less so, even). So if the intent is to use it as a waterproofer along your wall, it won't do much.


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So you want to put 3 foot strip in width of polymeric sand over existing pavers? You will be OK with how that would look? I am just not sure how well such a strip will stay together over the long haul. I sure wouldn't do it, I would bite the bullet and pull up the pavers then regrade the base away from the house and put the pavers back.


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I resurfaced my concrete patio with a combination of Mapei products. It worked out great. Concrete surfacing systems are really unforgiving if you make a mistake selecting and applying the products. To make sure you are on the right track you definitely should ask your Mapei rep to recommend the correct products and techniques - that's what I did. I've ...


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I don't think you can cover it with a resurfacer. Spalling concrete will likely just keep spalling, so any resurfacing material you put on will just flake off along with the concrete. Do you live in a cold climate? If so, avoid using de-icers (salt) on concrete. This makes the problem worse. I think your idea of deck tiles is a good one. Though it may ...



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