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How to Lay a Patio

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A patio is often the perfect addition to your garden, creating a fresh and eye-catching look whilst allowing you to make the most of your outdoor space.
Whilst there are many accredited-expert patio installers around,
if you wish to lay a patio in your garden yourself here is a guide to assist you on doing so.
 
BEFORE YOU BEGIN…
Always make sure you have correctly planned where your patio is going to go, and that you have the correct materials to complete the slab laying process. It can often be a good idea to lay out the paving where you want the finished patio to be, before you start, as from this you can gain an idea of how the fished area will look and ensure you are happy with everything.
 
PREPPING THE AREA
Initially you will need to remove the grass and dig at least a 150mm depth across the whole area. However, if the patio is being put next to a house you should dig a 300mm depth to ensure it is lower than any damp proof course.
Next put a base aggregate on top of the soil as this will provide support and drainage.
Make sure the surface is level using a spirit level/track lining before you lay any permanent foundations and slabs.
 
LAYING THE PATIO
Before laying paving stones you’ll need to prepare a mortar for the paving, of about a 3-1 mix of sand to cement. Course sand is the best kind to use as it will prevent animals from tunneling underneath. Mix and add enough water to dampen the mortar, just enough so that it binds together but does not become runny.
Now you should set out a track lining to guide you on the level and the position of the paving. Start from a corner and spread some of the mortar to cover an area slightly larger than the paving slab. Make sure it is a thickness that will allow the slab to sit at the correct level. Now carefully lay the slab down, making sure you dampen the back of it so that the fresh slab doesn’t dry out the mortar too quickly. Use a rubber mallet to tap down the slab to the level of your track lining, being careful to hit firmly but not too hard. Check it is level using a spirit level.
Repeat the above with the next slab, leaving a joint between each one. Once laid, the patio should be left for around 24 hours to allow the bedding mortar to harden and should not be walked on.
 
JOINTING THE PAVING
Use a mortar mix of 3-parts soft building sand to 1-part cement, adding a little bit of water to get a smooth consistency. Trowel the mortar into the joints pressing it down and smoothing it out. Try to avoid getting any on the paving slabs for this can be difficult to remove.
Once the mortar has hardened, give the patio a good sweep to remove any excess material. Add any finishing touches such as decretive boarders, and then you’re done!
 
For a wide range of patio and building supplies visit Whitchurch Builders Supplies
 

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Natural Stone Paving

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Advantages of Natural Stone Paving for Your Patio

Having a good looking patio really can make a difference to how you enjoy your summer days in your home.  It also can make a big difference to the resale value to your house.   When it comes to planning a new patio, the patio slabs are arguably the most critical component. With so much choice in the market now, you first need to decide whether to buy concrete paving slabs or natural stone. 

The general rule is that concrete paving slabs are at the more affordable end of the market and aim to replicate the premium, more expensive natural stone slabs. With modern manufacturing methods being as high tech and advanced as they are nowadays, concrete paving slabs are a great choice for your garden, however you may wonder what makes the natural stone paving slabs cost more? Here are 5 reasons which highlight some of the main advantages of natural stone.

 

1) Natural Stone Paving is easier to install.

Most natural stone paving slabs are calibrated, which means when each slab is fed though a strip mill to ensure that they are all of a regular and even depth. This means they can be all laid on one screwed base compared to if you had uncalibrated slabs

 

2) Improved Looks

Whilst concrete slabs look great if laid correctly, they can’t quite match the overall beauty that comes with a natural stone patio. Each individual natural stone slab is completely unique in its pattern, giving a natural stone patio a unique look not found with concrete slabs, where in general are manufactured to be identical. natural stone also ages much better than concrete, can look better as time goes on.

 

3) Durability

As natural stone has taken thousands of years to form and create, they have withstood the time and elements of nature.  This durability will continue once laid.

 

4) Low maintenance.

Once installed, natural stone will last for an incredibly long time whilst still maintaining its elegant and unique finish, unlike concrete which tends to fade over time. Natural stone is also easy to clean and can be pressure washed without the worry of it losing its finish or colour.

 

5) More environmentally friendly when compared with concrete.

Natural Stone is one of the most sustainable building products available, as resources of stone are plentiful. Although it’s regeneration is not as fast as other natural materials, it is nonetheless a continuous process as natural stone has an enduring life-cycle.

We stock a wide range of concrete paving slabs which have many advantages themselves, in which we have many satisfied customers.  Natural stone offers some different advantages however.

We recommend you visiting our location and looking at all the different options we have both in natural stone and concrete paving.  We will give you expert advice and whatever choice you make, you will end up with a patio you will be proud of. 

Contact us on 02920 625422 or call in to our Whitchurch, Cardiff location.

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