Patios Bishops Stortford

Bishops Stortford Patio Layers: As the spring arrives every year most of us start to think about spending a lot more time outdoors and of course the garden (for those lucky enough to have one) is the most natural place for that to occur. After a dismal and wet winter in Bishops Stortford, your garden could be a bit too muddy to walk on, therefore putting down a clean new patio should be the best answer to this. If you've already got a patio but it's starting to get covered with weeds and wonky you could be thinking about getting a new one built or perhaps taking up and re-laying the old one if the paving slabs are still in a decent condition.

Whilst a limited patio project might well be something that you could accomplish yourself if you're able in that sort of work, it is more likely to be the case that you will have to employ a professional Bishops Stortford patio layer to handle the project on your behalf, especially for larger and more complex patios. It is not only the installation of your garden patio you must look at but also the removal and disposal of the resulting waste and the introduction of the new patio products. You also need to keep in mind that building patios is heavy work, particularly if your old slabs are concreted in position. A big paving slab with a layer of concrete on is going to be pretty weighty, therefore at least ask somebody to help you lift these, should you choose to tackle it yourself.

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An established Bishops Stortford patio contractor should be able to give you advice on what you can and can't have, recommend and order appropriate materials and work out a great patio design for you to compliment your available space. Request a brochure, any reliable patio builder will have access to a portfolio of jobs which they have previously carried out in the Bishops Stortford area. By using this portfolio you should be able to get an idea of precisely what your project will look like when it is complete, this enables you to decide on your preferred design and materials.

The Planning of The Project: It is important to speak to your chosen patio specialist in relation to specific factors which have to be decided in the planning stage, like: easy access to the patio, are there any obstacles to think about such as (trees, drains etc), the accurate measuring of the area to be patioed, what's the perfect location for your patio, what is the patioed area to be used for, does the area need levelling, does it need to slope away from the house, what patio materials are you planning to use and also other considerations which your Bishops Stortford patio layer will highlight.

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Preparing the Area: This stage of the patio project will include the removing and disposal of surface materials and any existing paving waste, digging up of the topsoil layer to reach the more stable sub-soil, putting in of a hardcore or sub-base and the resulting compacting and levelling of this material, overlaying using a bedding material for example sharp sand.

Paving the Area: When the area has all been got ready your patio contractor will begin installing the slabs, just how this stage proceeds depends upon the exact materials you've chosen, and might be reasonably uncomplicated so long as the area preparation was carried out properly and the resulting base is flat and sound.

Materials Used for Paving: You will find a vast range of materials that you can use for building a garden patio, amongst the most popular are: slate, sandstone, gravel, asphalt, composite materials, bricks, slabs, limestone, granite, cobbles, concrete, setts and blocks.

Patio Edging Bishops Stortford: Dependant upon the layout and style of your patio, you may be able to include a snazzy edging which will really finish the job off nicely. You can find numerous types of edgings for patios, although they won't all be appropriate for your particular patio finish, so make sure you choose carefully if you want to go with an edging. You could have a coping stone edging, a rounded kerbstone edging, a brick/blockwork edging, a wavy stone edging or a short brick wall edging. Check with your Bishops Stortford patio layer about the available options and what they consider will look best with your style of patio. They will have pictures of patio edgings they've used on past jobs.

Patio Slabs/Paving Slabs Bishops Stortford: Paving slabs or patio slabs are available in all manner of sizes and shapes, the prices can vary widely as well. Which slabs you use for your own patio might be dependant upon current trends, personal tastes, the need to match existing materials and your budget. The most popular patio slabs laid in Bishops Stortford gardens these days are made from concrete or sandstone and a wide variety of these can easily be bought in local DIY outlets and garden centres. Prices (in 2018) range from roughly £3 up to £15 though they can be sold in packs or twenty or more.

Hard Landscaping Bishops Stortford: Pathways, patios and driveways can all be grouped under the umbrella term of "hard landscaping" (or "hardscaping"), which basically signifies any sort of garden architecture and design made of construction materials, in contrast to plant related materials like grasses, shrubs and trees, which are generally referred to as "soft landscaping". To a degree garden furniture could also be described as "hard landscaping".

Patio Grouting Bishops Stortford

Patio Grouting Bishops Stortford: With old, pre-existing patios one of the key issues is with cracked and crumbling joints or grouting. If this occurs your patio area will look a mess and probably have weeds and grass growing up in between the slabs. You can use weedkiller to relieve this annoying problem or dowse the weeds with boiling water which is an excellent non-chemical way to eliminate weeds. Re-doing the grout is not simple and the toughest task is to rake out the old grout which will probably be a cement and sand mortar. If the slabs are rocking and loose re-doing the joints is pointless since it will not make much difference, and you really need to get the whole thing re-done. If your slabs are relatively firm and stable you can rake out the old mortar using a patio knife, a hammer and bolster or even better a diamond tipped blade in an angle grinder. Give the entire patio a thorough cleanup when you are done and re-joint the slabs using a resin or polymeric grout. Some are applied using the wet slurry approach while others use a dry brush-in technique. Most professional patio layers in Bishops Stortford will help you with patio repointing, so get in touch with one near you for an estimate.

Flagstone Patios Bishops Stortford: Of all the materials which you can use for constructing a patio, flagstone is considered one of the best. There are a number of reasons why you need to consider this material for your patio in Bishops Stortford, and these include the fact that flagstones are perfect for "free form" patios, giving lots of scope for creativity, flagstones have distinctive shapes and textures, flagstones look more organic and natural, flagstones come in subtle shades with natural variations, flagstone patios can be laid dry to give a permeable surface, grasses or plants can be grown between the stones to soften the look and flagstones are long lasting and durable. This sort of patio has much appeal largely because flagstones are natural quarried stones cut from limestone, bluestone, slate, travertine and sandstone.

Resin Bound Patios and Driveways Bishops Stortford: A more recent invention that is primarily used for creating driveways in Bishops Stortford, but can easily be adapted for patios is the resin bound process. A resin bound surface comprises a combination of coloured aggregate stones and resin which can be mixed cold, on-site. The finished surface is permeable, enabling rain water to easily pass through it, reducing the flooding problems that often arise with paving slabs. Resin bound patios and driveways are also long lasting, attractive, relatively maintenance free, colour fast, UV stable, non-slip, available in lots of colours, durable and weed resistant, they are in addition incredibly versatile and can easily incorporate custom designs and logos, making them suitable for commercial as well as private use.

Patio Furniture Bishops Stortford: As soon as you've finished work on your patio you will be eager to buy some comfortable patio furniture to complement your new outdoor space. There's a lot to think about when buying patio furniture and you need to put as much thought into this part of the process as you would shopping for furniture for the interior of your home. In the summer you will likely spend more of your time relaxing on your patio area as you do inside, so having a measured approach is vital. Don't just squeeze in as much furniture as you can, you should use the available space smartly. It is often a neat concept to continue the colour scheme through from the inside to the outside, this helps to maintain the smooth flow of the space.

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