If you are looking for a beautiful yet low maintenance solution for your back garden, why not consider adding a paver patio? This is a simple project and DIY paving is easier than you might have thought.
Here are six things you should know to make sure the process runs smoothly.
1. It will result in long-term savings
Rather than regularly shelling out to stain and seal your patio, a paved area will require far less maintenance. All that's needed is to weed between the cracks and sweep regularly to remove any debris.
2. There are plenty of materials to choose from
No matter the style, colour or shape of your property, there is bound to be a paving solution designed to suit your needs.
Natural stone pavers are a popular choice and you could select quarried stones, travertine, granite, limestone, marble, bluestone or Australian sandstone.
3. Multiple patterns can be created
Who said paved patios have to be boring? There are plenty of patterns to choose from, and designs you could produce from these patterns.
Before you get to carried away, however, it is best to consider the space where your patio will be placed, as this can impact the choices you make.
Larger areas call for bigger blocks, and smaller areas can benefit from more petite choices. For a more random style, you could consider a pattern that incorporates different sized pavers.
4. The foundation is the most important
When laying your choice of pavers, you must ensure they are going to be placed on the perfect foundation. Packed soil will help to ensure the top later is smooth, reducing the chances of pavers becoming loose or cracking.
However, when you are creating this foundation, you will need to put layers of dirt, sand and gravel in. Make sure you pack down ever layer as this will ensure the finished product looks the best it can.
5. Run off is essential to consider
You may be aware of the run off on your roof - rain will always head towards the lowest point of your ceiling. This is also something that could affect your patio, particularly if it has been built close to your house.
However, this can be minimised by guiding run off away from your home and ensuring there is a quarter-inch drop for every 24 cm of linear distance.
6. You will need a fixed border
A stunning and functional patio will need to be finished off beautifully. You could include a fixed border.
This will prevent your pavers from moving and spreading out. Either consider a wooden formwork or lay extra pavers on end. This will provide you with a decorative edge.