Practical Tips For Building a Durable Patio….Do you love sitting outside on a patio with family and friends while the weather is favourable?
If so, then you share this in common with many other people. After all, a patio can be a great place to relax, dine and host events.
However, building a patio will take time, effort and funds. This being the case, if you are thinking about building a patio to add style and value to your home, then you probably want to do everything you can to ensure that it is durable and will hold up over many seasons.
As such, you should read the tips below to learn how to create a patio that is built to last.
If you are going to be building your patio on a bed of sand, you should think about using stones that are:
– Basically square
Compared to using smaller stones, using big stones will save you time, because you will have to lay less of them. In addition, they will be easier to grout and resist moving more than smaller stones. Furthermore, large, thick stones will resist cracking better than smaller ones.
When it comes to mortar joints, make them at least one inch wide and deep. This might seem a little big. However, changing seasons will put a lot of stress on mortar joints by causing them to expand and contract. As such, mortar joints that are smaller than an inch in width and depth will break down after a few years. Larger mortar joints will also undergo the same stresses but tend to hold up much better.
Patios in Brisbane, Madrid, Nashville and a host of other locales can have trouble withstanding the elements. The changing seasons and different weather conditions just take their toll. However, one thing that will make a big difference in extending the life of your patio, regardless of your location, is making sure that water will not collect on top of or underneath it. To accomplish this task, you may want to think about installing drainage pipes before laying down your patio.
If you decide to go this route, then you will need to dig out the area of your patio to a depth of around 12 inches. Then, lay down your drainage pipes. After, you should fill in this area to a height of about eight inches with clean crushed stone. Pack down the stone with a large plate compactor.
This base will be strong and ensure that your patio stays mostly dry. After, cover this base with a membrane that will allow water but not other materials to pass through. Once this is accomplished, you can start laying out the crushed stone or sand that will hold your patio together and then start placing your stones or bricks.
If you plan on using bricks to build your patio on a sand base, then you should use a sand-mortar fill to keep your patio together. To make a sand-mortar fill, combine cement and sand in a ratio of one to four. Then follow the steps listed below:
– Use a push broom to push the mixture over your bricks and fill in the cracks
– Once the cracks are all somewhat filled in, you should go back and add more of the mixture to fill in any gaps left and make sure that your bricks are all packed tightly together
– Then, lightly spray the patio with water for about half an hour. Make sure not to use too much water or you will wash away your bonding agent
– Lightly moisten the patio for a few days, keeping the mixture damp but not soupy. This will allow the mixture to solidify strongly
– To ensure that your patio lasts a long time, you may want repeat this entire process at least once a year
Building a patio requires a bit of effort. However, it is a task that you can do yourself. Once you have built your patio, you can go about picking out patio furniture and plants to decorate it. Hopefully, by following the above advice, you will be able to enjoy your patio for a long time.