Patios Kingston upon Thames

Kingston upon Thames Patio Layers (KT1): As soon as springtime arrives each year most of us plan to spend much more time outdoors and obviously the garden is the most natural place for that to occur. After a long and damp winter in Kingston upon Thames, the garden is sure to be a bit too muddy to walk on, therefore laying down a fabulous new patio would be the obvious solution to make the garden usable. If you've already got a patio but it is covered with weeds and wonky you could be considering getting a new one put in or perhaps getting the existing one taken up and re-laid if the slabs are still sound and fit for purpose.

Whilst a smaller patio project might well be something you could complete on your own should you be able in that kind of work, it is more likely to be the case that you may need to employ a professional Kingston upon Thames patio layer to carry out the job for you, especially for complex patios. It is not simply the laying of your garden patio that you must take into account but the removing and disposal of the resulting waste matter plus the introduction of new patio supplies.

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A skilled Kingston upon Thames patio builder should be able to advise you on what you may and may not have, recommend and supply appropriate materials and produce an ideal patio design for you to suit your available space. Ask for a sales brochure, most decent patio builders will carry a portfolio of patio projects which they have previously completed in the Kingston upon Thames area. From this portfolio you might be able to get an idea of just what your project will be like when it is complete, this should help you to decide on your preferred layout and materials.

The Planning of Your Project: You have to speak with your chosen patio layer in relation to some things that must be decided during the planning stage, like: does the area need levelling, how easy will it be to access the patio, what is your patio area to be used for, does it need to slope away from the property, where is the perfect location for your patio, the measuring the area to be patioed, what materials are to be used, are there any obstacles to think about such as (trees, drains etc) and other matters which your Kingston upon Thames patio specialist will highlight.

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Preparation of the Area: This stage of the patio project includes the extraction and disposal of surrounding materials and existing paving waste, extraction of the topsoil layer to reach the more stable sub-soil, spreading of a sub-base or hardcore and the resulting levelling and pressing down of this material, overlaying using a bedding layer for instance sharp sand.

Paving the Area: When everything has been prepared your patio contractor will commence laying the patio slabs, just how this level proceeds will depend upon the materials you decided on, and might be fairly uncomplicated so long as the area preparation was done properly and the base is flat and sound.

Patio Edging Kingston upon Thames: Although it will depend on the layout and style of your patio, you might be able to feature an attractive edging which will really give your patio a nice finish. You can buy several types of edgings for patios, although they will not all be suitable for your specific patio finish, so be sure to choose carefully if you opt to go for an edging. You could pick a coping stone edging, a kerbstone edging, a wavy stone edging, a blockwork/brick edging or a low brick wall edging. Check with your Kingston upon Thames patio installer concerning the options and what they believe will look best with your patio. They could have images of patio edgings they have used on previous projects.

Materials Used for Paving: There are a wide range of materials that you can use for building patios, amongst the most popular are: composite blocks, cobbles, concrete, bricks, setts, sandstone, granite, asphalt, gravel, slate, slabs, limestone and blocks.

Patio Ideas Kingston upon ThamesPatio Design Ideas Kingston upon Thames: The variety of layout and design ideas that can be used in a patio are limitless and unless you're quite skilled at designing stuff you may choose to talk to a local Kingston upon Thames landscaper or patio design specialist if you are considering something extravagant. You might opt to keep it simple with a simple square or rectangular shape on one level or you could merge split levels and different shapes to give your patio more character or fit into an inclined garden for instance. Custom made patios can be expensive so keep a check on your budget regularly and if you're looking for a cheap patio, keep the design simple. Specific aspects of your patio are going to be dependent upon the space you have available and the shape of your garden, if you've got not much space your alternatives may be somewhat restricted. Your local Kingston upon Thames patio specialist will give you advice on how best to proceed. Several ideas for patios that may get you mind whirring include: a free form patio, a circular patio, a block paved patio, a patterned concrete patio, a split-level patio, a stone patio or a mosaic patio. Have a look around Pinterest or Flickr for extra inspiration.

Paving Slabs/Patio Slabs Kingston upon Thames: Patio or paving slabs come in all manner of sizes and shapes, the prices can differ widely as well. What kind of slabs you select for your own patio could be determined by the need to match existing materials, your planned budget, personal preference and current fashions. The most popular patio slabs used in Kingston upon Thames gardens these days are made of sandstone or concrete and a wide variety of these can easily be bought in DIY stores and garden centres. Prices (in 2018) start from roughly £3 up to £15 each though they can be sold in bulk packs of 20 or more. Typical sizes are: 300mm x 300mm, 450mm x 450mm and 600mm x 600mm, the thicknesses vary from 22-38mm.

Hard Landscaping Kingston upon Thames: Patios, paths and driveways are all described by the umbrella term of "hard landscaping" (or sometimes "hardscaping"), which fundamentally refers to any type of garden architecture and design which utilizes construction materials, as opposed to plant related materials like shrubs, grass and trees, which are normally called "soft landscaping". To a certain degree garden furniture can also be termed as "hard landscaping".

Patio Grouting Kingston upon Thames: With old, pre-existing patios one of the chief issues is with cracked grouting or joints. If this is the case with yours then your patio will look very messy and likely have weeds and grass establishing themselves between the slabs. You can use weedkiller to alleviate the problem or saturate the weeds with boiling water which is a fantastic solution to kill weeds without chemicals. Replacing the grouting is not simple and the hardest task is to get rid of the existing grout which is most likely to be a cement and sand mix. If the paving slabs are rocking and loose there is little point replacing the joints since it will not have much effect, and you need to to get the entire patio re-done. If your slabs are relatively firm you can hook out the damaged mortar by using a hammer and bolster, a patio knife or better still a diamond tipped blade in an angle grinder. Give the entire area a thorough cleanup once you are done and re-joint the slabs using a polymeric or resin grout. Some are applied using the wet slurry method while others use a dry brush-in technique. Most specialist patio layers in Kingston upon Thames will help you with patio repointing, so try contacting one near you to get an estimate. (Tags: Patio Grouting Kingston upon Thames, Patio Re-Grouting Kingston upon Thames)

Flagstone Patios Kingston upon Thames: Of all the materials which you can use for creating a patio, flagstone is one of the best. There are many reasons why you ought to consider this material for your new patio in Kingston upon Thames, such as the fact that they come in a variety of subtle shades, plants or grasses can be grown in the gaps between the stones to soften the look of the patio, flagstones have distinctive, irregular textures and shapes, flagstones can be laid dry to give a permeable surface, flagstones are durable and last for many years, they are ideal for "free form" patios, giving plenty of scope for creativity and flagstones look more natural and organic. This kind of patio has wide appeal primarily due to the fact that flagstones are natural quarried stones cut from sandstone, bluestone, travertine, limestone and slate.

Resin Bound Patios Kingston upon Thames: A more contemporary innovation which is mainly used for creating driveways in Kingston upon Thames, but can equally be adapted for patios is the resin bound process. A resin bound surface is made up of a mixture of resin and aggregate stones which is mixed cold, on-site. The resulting surface is permeable, enabling rain water to pass easily through it, avoiding most of the surface water issues that often occur with paved areas. Resin bound patios are also hardwearing, easy to maintain, slip resistant, available in different colours, long lasting, attractive, UV stable, weed resistant and colour fast, they're additionally extremely versatile and can readily incorporate custom designs and logos, making them ideal for business as well as residential use. (Tags: Resin Bound Driveways Kingston upon Thames, Resin Patios Kingston upon Thames)

Issues With Kingston upon Thames Patios: Throughout this website we have covered a few of the issues that can affect an old patio, but to summarize, here are the chief problems that are liable to occur with a patio: damaged or cracked patio slabs, patio slabs that are unstable or loose, weeds growing up through the joints, stained patio slabs, standing water, dirty patio slabs, slabs covered in lichen and moss, patio edgings collapsing, sunken slabs, trip hazards due to uneven slabs.

Patio Furniture Kingston upon Thames: When you've finished your patio you'll have to choose some beautiful patio furniture to complete your newly created outdoor space. There's lots to consider when buying patio furniture and you ought to take just as much time over this decision as you would in shopping for furniture for the interior of your home. In the summertime you'll likely spend more of your time lounging on your patio area as you do indoors, so taking your time is important. You should not just cram in as much furniture as you can, you need to utilize the available space sensibly. It is often a neat approach to continue the colour scheme from the interior to the exterior of the house, this helps to preserve the natural flow of the space.

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Artificial Lawns Kingston upon Thames: Another option which you might want to consider rather than a paved patio is artificial grass, which is equally low maintenance, long lasting and can be done more cheaply than a patio and with less mess and disruption. Artificial grass looks like real grass, both close up and from afar, but it never grows and never needs mowing. If you are in need of a more affordable solution for your precious garden space in Kingston upon Thames, then artificial grass could just be the answer for you. Too much stone and concrete can give a very dull appearance to your garden area, the green colour of artificial grass is easier on the eye and more calming. The cost of putting in artificial grass in Kingston upon Thames is about the same as doing it with cheap quality paving slabs but less than half the price of higher end paving slabs. (Tags: Artificial Grass Kingston upon Thames, Artificial Lawns Kingston upon Thames)

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A swift browse on Yell for "patio layers Kingston upon Thames Greater London" highlighted the following results: Builders KT1 2EG, F.Quick Brickwork KT3 3EG, Firmstone Drives & Patios Ltd KT6 5JY.

A few Kingston upon Thames locations serviced by Kingston upon Thames patio layers: Cambridge Road, Ayliffe Close, Steadfast Road, Apple Market, St Georges Road, Albion Road, Sopwith Close, Chesfield Road, St Margarets Mews, Surbiton Hall Close, Cherrywood Close, Dagmar Road, Cross Road, Beard Road, Sopwith Way, Anglesea Road, Athena Close, Beverley Lane, Clarence Street, Studland Road, Ballard Close, Buckingham Road, Clevedon Road, Cleaves Almshouses, Cardinal Avenue, Cambridge Grove Road, Aldersbrook Drive, Beresford Road, Thorpe Road.

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