10 Tips For a Great Patio

A new patio is a great thing and can really add to the garden and the house as a whole. We’ve compiled a number of tips that will help ensure your patio looks great and is easily installed.

Easy Maintenance, Low Cost

Many materials can be used to create a patio, however it is difficult to come up with one that is better than one made out of pavers when it comes to low maintenance and easy installation. Compared to some of the other options, the initial cost might be higher, however in the long run you will save money and time by not needing to continuously seal or stain it. Repairs are also easier, since you can repair individual ones when needed.

For Best Results, Dig Deep

Call your local utilities prior to preparing your patio area in order to have any electrical, cable or plumbing lines marked. Next, dig beneath the area’s vegetation root level, around six inches. For areas with dry soil, try to water it the night before planning to dig in order to soften and dampen the area to make it easier to dig in.

Keep The Area Free Of Weeds

Landscaping cloth can be used for creating a barrier between the new sand base and old soil. This will help to minimize the weeds as well as other kinds of unwanted vegetation from encroaching on your patio from below it. Tool hire business Best at Hire advise you multiply the width by the length of your patio and then add 10 percent to calculate its square footage.

Create the Base

Use a tamper or wacker plate compactor to pack in the sand and/or paver base. You need to have a smooth, level and solid base to lay the pavers on. Each additional layer or material needs to be repacked.

Drainage Plan

Although having a level patio is important, you do need to ensure that it slopes away from the foundation of your house and towards an area that either has an existing drainage area or can handle additional moisture. For each two feet in distance, plan to have a quarter inch decrease in elevation.

Keep The Edge Tight

To help with minimizing movement effects on your pavers, make sure you plan on having a good solid edge, through the use of either vinyl or metal edging, a solid cement lip or additional pavers. This will help with minimizing creeping weeds in addition to providing added stability.

Make Variations In Color Work To Your Benefit

Your pavers will have slight color variations, just like you would encounter variances in different lots of tile or wood flooring. To avoid having a patchwork appear, you can blend various piles of bricks or stones together in order to create a more natural looking appearance.

For An Ideal Fit, Make Cuts

If you are creating any kind of pattern with the pavers you are using, at some point you are going to need to cut some bricks or stones. A cold chisel can be used to do this, or you can go to a local home center and rent a wet saw.

Pack In Any Cracks

Apply a layer of sand between and over your pavers to set them in place, until all of the cracks have been filled in completely. This will allow for drainage, minimize weeds and help with keeping them in place.

Keep Pavers Handy

Always have a few extra bricks or stones on hand to help make any necessary repairs easier (also, a certain paver could get discontinued at any time). You can remove broken pavers by prying them out using a thin pry bar or a few screwdrivers. If you need to cut a paver in order for it to fit, just make sure it is cut somewhat smaller than the opening’s length so that sand can be repacked around it.