Having a patio in the garden can turn out to be practical and fun for the whole family. It is every homeowner’s dream to have a patio in their courtyard. Not only does it add to the beauty of a home, but it is also very functional.
If you think it is hard to learn how to lay a patio in your garden, think again. It just takes a few easy steps to install and design a patio in your backyard. But of course, you should have all the essentials to install your patio effectively. You don’t want a patio that would not last. Most especially, you don’t want to reconstruct your patio over and over again just because it could not stand the test of time and the weather.
How to Lay a Patio:Materials Needed
Of course, it would not be easy to start your task without preparing the necessary building materials.
Here are the materials you need to begin laying a patio:
• Hardcore material
• Building sand
• Woburn rumbled paviours
• Tools: shovel, rake, wheelbarrow, wooden level pegs, hammer, spirit level, plank of wood, wacker plate, cement mixer, rubber mallet, bolster chisel, pointing trowel.
How to Lay a Patio Steps
By following this step-by-step guide on laying a patio, you will find yourself going for a relaxing afternoon in your backyard in a jiffy.
First thing you should do is to clear the area. Take out all of the plants, weeds and other obstructions on the area you are wanting to install your patio.
Then, set your patio 6-inch below damp proof course. Dig out the soil to a depth of about 150mm or 6 inches. Make sure the soil is compacted. This gives room for the hardcore, mortar and paving slabs.
Excavate and compress a hardcore base. Spread a good even layer of at least 100mm or 4 inches thick of hardcore over the excavated area. Leave room for the thickness of the slabs and mortar (about 30 to 50 mm or at least 2 inches). Use a wacker plate to compress and level the hardcore.
Lay your patio paving slabs. Tap each slab down by using a rubber mallet and continuously check if they are well leveled. Use wooden spacers to ensure equal gaps between slabs.
Last is to pave the slab joints. Once you are finished laying the patio, wait for a day or two for the mortar to set in. Fill joints with a dry mortar mix. After the day, rinse down the slabs and clean it of dirt. Be sure you do not spill mortar on the slab surface.
And that’s about it. Now you may go ahead and research on patio ideas and design. Definitely, you don’t need a professional to do this easy guide on how to lay a patio.
Related Patio And Garden Articles