One of the last jobs for most people moving into a new property is laying a new patio in the garden to enjoy on those long summer evenings. No matter what your project or materials, if you have decided to go against the game and not hire a company that deals with the construction of Driveways Tonbridge or Patios Tonbridge, there are a number of factors you need to be aware of when doing it all yourself.
In this article, we are going to detail for you the things to do when deciding to lay your own patio and not call in a company to help. Before you start, you have to make sure you draw a plan – a simple one – of your house and garden. You need to know and sketch the areas you would like to be paved versus the rest of the garden. Once your plan is mapped out, use string to mark out the dimensions of the patio in position and once you’re happy with that, get digging!
Preparing the site is very important before you begin your work. Use pegs to mark corners of the patio area and this is also going to help you indicate the depth. Remember to allow for a gradual slope away from your property as this will help to avoid rainfall building up. Remove all topsoil, which is easily done using an edging iron and cutting the turf into manageable squares. All you have to do here is scoop with a spade and remove using a wheelbarrow and skip. The depth you have excavated should be 150mm or six inches from the finished patio and using pegs and string, you can measure the depth available. If you find soft spots in the soil, further excavation may be needed and these spots can then be filled with sub-base material. Make sure you check and double check all corners and depths thoroughly before putting down the material required.
Once you’ve tipped the sub-base material into the right area, rake it into position to a consistent four inch depth. Check the depth using a spirit level for evenness. Use a vibrating plate compactor to compact the whole area and make sure the area has been compressed twice at the very list and check again for any sinking areas. When you prepare the cement mix, avoid direct handling of the cement and keep your skin well covered. Starting in the corner, towel a bed of mortar to cover the area intended for the first paving flag.
Great care is needed when laying paving flags down and it is essential to use all the correct equipment for this operation. Check you are wearing the right clothing and mark the paving flag surface with the intended cutting line for guidance. Place the paving flag on a platform and carefully saw using a diamond disc cutter. You can either buy ready mix compound or using the shovel and trowel, prepare a jointing mix. Firm it into the joints using the trowel and finish with the pointing iron, compacting the mix.
Laying patio can be easy as long as all the steps are followed correctly.Learn More