A Guide To Patio Pavers
Installing a patio in your yard can really transform your outside space from sparse garden to an area for entertaining guests. Sure there are companies that deal with Tonbridge Patio Builders, but that can be pricey and if you love to get your teeth into a project, you’ll love this guide on how to install patio pavers yourself. Using pavers to create your patio is economical and allows you to build an endless variety of shapes, sizes and colours. It will take work on your part to install a patio of pavers but you can very easily complete the job yourself.
The first step is to measure the area that you want your patio, or alternatively hire a company to sort your Tarmac Driveways Tonbridge. If you measure the area correctly, this will let you determine how many pavers to buy as well as how much of the other supplies you will need. Measure the length and the width of the area you want to cover and multiply the length times the width, getting the square footage of your future patio. Pavers come in a huge range of shapes, sizes, colours and costs so you have a few decisions to make for your garden. When you are choosing the pavers to use, compare how much it will cost you to cover the entire patio area. Some pavers are sold by the square footage and some are sold as individual blocks. Small pavers can be cheaper on their own but can end up costing you more in the end to cover the area.
Buying your pavers means buying other supplies as well, which you can get from a Groundwork building services Tonbridge. You will need more than pavers to install a patio area and the patio should include a layer of gravel and sand below. This acts as a barrier to keep the pavers in place. You shouldn’t even start your project before you’ve purchased all the materials you will need. To determine how much you need, workout the volume of space you will be filling. Always buy at least ten percent more pavers than you actually plan to use, just in case of needing a few more extra than you anticipated. Before you dig up your back yard, check with your utilities companies in case of pipes and wires under the soil. You don’t want to assume there are no utilities in the area you are digging and it’s far better to be safe than sorry and cut your own power lines.
Once you’ve marked off the patio area and dug up the topsoil, you’ll need to add a layer of gravel and a layer of fine sand over the gravel to compact it. This compaction needs to be done with the appropriate tools as jumping up and down won’t work! Lay the pavers in the pattern you desire from the top corner to the bottom opposite corner. You can check your work with a spirit level as you go to ensure it’s all even. Be careful and if you run into problems there are plenty of companies in the area that can assist.