Patio Layers Livingston

Livingston Patio Layers (EH53): As soon as springtime arrives every year many of us start thinking about spending much more time outside and obviously the garden is the most common place for that to happen. After a dismal and wet winter in Livingston, your garden is most likely to be a bit too muddy to do much, so putting down a fabulous new patio would be the best answer to this issue. If you've already got a patio but its starting to get covered with weeds and wonky you may be contemplating getting a new one or perhaps just lifting up and relaying the old one if the patio slabs are still sound and in good condition.

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Enthusiasts of do-it-yourself in Livingston will probably be happy to tackle this, although putting in a top quality patio isn't as simple as you would believe. Small patios will likely be within the ability range of most do-it-yourselfers, however the bigger more complex patios should be left to expert patio installers. You should also remember that it is not simply a case of installing a firm base and putting down the slabs that's called for, it's also the excavation and disposal of a considerable quantity of earth and rubble and perhaps even previously laid patio materials if the project is a replacement. This kind of work is liable to be tough going and will at the very least require the use of a skip.

A skilled Livingston patio builder can advise you on what you may and may not have, suggest and supply suitable materials and produce a great patio design for you to suit your available space. Always ask for a sales brochure, most decent patio contractors will have access to a portfolio of patio assignments that they have previously done in the Livingston area. By using this brochure you should be able to get a good idea of exactly what your project will look like when its done, this will help you to pick your layout and materials.

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Before any work actually commences, you'll have to talk about several things with the patio contractor. This is thought of as the planning phase and it's vital if your final patio is going to look like you envisioned. This planning conversation should cover such matters as the preferred location for your patio, what type of slabs will be used, are there any trees or drains in the way, where can a skip be positioned for the removal of waste, and is there a need for site levelling.

Area Preparation: This phase of the patio project will include the stripping and disposal of surface debris and existing paving waste, digging up of topsoil to reach the firmer sub-soil, putting in of a hardcore or sub-base and the resulting levelling and pressing down of this material, overlaying with a bedding material such as sharp sand.

The Laying of the Paving: Once you've got a flat and firm foundation laid down, your patio specialist will be able to move on to the laying of the paving slabs. If the preparation of the ground has been done properly, this step of the project will likely be quite straightforward and the patio you have dreamed about will rapidly begin to take shape and you will shortly have a wonderful outside feature that you can enjoy and appreciate

Patio Edging LivingstonPatio Edging Livingston: Depending on the planned layout and style of your patio, you may possibly be able to include an attractive edging which will really finish the job off nicely. You can buy several types of patio edging, although they will not all be suitable for your particular patio finish, so make sure you choose the right product if you opt to go with an edging. You could have a blockwork/brick edging, a coping stone edging, a rounded kerbstone edging, a short brick wall edging or a contoured stone edging. Check with your Livingston patio layer regarding the available options and find out what they think will go best with your style of patio. They will probably have images of patio edgings they have used on other jobs.

Materials Used for Paving: You can find a broad selection of materials that you can use for building patios, among the most popular are: limestone, gravel, granite, asphalt, setts, bricks, cobbles, slate, sandstone, composite blocks, slabs, concrete and blocks.

Patio Ideas LivingstonPatio Ideas Livingston: The number of design and layout ideas that can be used for your patio are limitless and if you're not skilled at designing things you might want to talk to a local Livingston landscaper or patio design specialist if you have your heart set on something extravagant. You might opt to keep it simple with a simple square or rectangular shape on a single level or you could combine split levels and different shapes to give more character to your patio or look better on an inclined garden for example. Tailor-made patios can be costly so be alert to your budget requirements constantly and if you're aiming for a cheap patio, keep the design simple. Certain facets of your patio are likely to be dependent on the shape of your garden and the space that is available, if there is limited space your options may be restricted. Your local Livingston patio specialist will give you advice on the best way to proceed. Several patio ideas which may get you mind whirring include: a mosaic patio, a poured concrete patio, a free form patio, a circular patio, a split-level patio, a block paved patio or a flagstone patio. Have a look around Google Images or Flickr for further creative ideas.

Paving Slabs/Patio Slabs Livingston: Paving slabs or patio slabs are offered in all shapes and sizes, their prices can vary widely too. What sort of slabs you choose for your patio may be determined by current fashions, your planned budget, personal preference and whether you need to match existing materials. The most favoured patio slabs used in Livingston these days are made of concrete or sandstone and a variety of these are readily available in DIY stores and garden centres. Prices (at the time of writing) start at roughly £3 up to £15 each though they are usually sold in bulk packs of twenty or more.

Hard Landscaping Livingston: Patios, driveways and paths can all be grouped under the umbrella term of "hard landscaping" (sometimes called "hardscaping"), which simply means any sort of garden design and architecture created with construction materials, rather than plant related materials such as shrubs, trees and grasses, which are known as "soft landscaping". To a degree garden furniture could also be described as "hard landscaping". (Tags: Hard Landscaping Livingston)

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Driveway and Patio Cleaning Livingston: If you are installing a whole new patio in Livingston then you'll likely not immediately be concerned with patio cleaning, although you will need to be doing this regularly in order to keep your new patio in the best possible condition. If you are adding to or extending a pre-existing patio area then you might want to have those old patio slabs properly cleaned so that they blend in with the new slabs. Normally patio cleaning is achieved by chemical cleaning or high-pressure jet washing and most local Livingston patio cleaning firms will probably provide both services. Professionals use extremely high pressure equipment which is a lot better than the kind of jet washer you may have in your garage or garden shed.

Patio Grouting Livingston: With old, pre-existing patios one of the key issues is with cracked and crumbling grouting or joints. When this happens your patio may look awful and have grass and weeds sprouting up between the slabs. You can constantly use weedkiller to relieve this issue or saturate the weeds with boiling water which is a very good way to kill weeds without using chemicals. Replacing the grouting can be challenging and the toughest task is to rake out the old grout which is probably going to be a sand and cement mortar. If your paving slabs are loose and rocking it is pointless replacing the joints because it is unlikely to solve the issue, and you really need to get the entire area re-slabbed. If the slabs are reasonably secure you can press on and rake out the old mortar by using a hammer and bolster, a patio knife or even better an angle grinder fitted with a diamond tipped blade. Give the whole patio a thorough clean-up once you're done and re-grout the slabs using a polymeric or resin grout. Some of these use a dry brush-in technique and others are applied using the wet slurry approach. Most professional patio layers in Livingston will do patio repointing, so get hold of one near you to get a quote. (Tags: Patio Grouting Livingston, Patio Re-Grouting Livingston)

Resin Bound Patios and Driveways Livingston: A more contemporary innovation that is mostly used for creating driveways in Livingston, but can also be used for patios is the resin bound technique. A resin bound surface comprises a mixture of aggregate stones and resin which is mixed on-site, cold. The resulting surface is permeable, permitting water to pass through it, reducing most of the flooding problems that occasionally occur with paving slabs. Resin bound patios are also colour fast, attractive, non-slip, easy to maintain, durable, weed resistant, available in a variety of colours, UV stable and long lasting, they're in addition incredibly adaptive and can incorporate bespoke logos and designs, making them suitable for commercial as well as residential use. (Tags: Resin Driveways Livingston, Resin Patios Livingston)

Livingston Patios - Issues: All through this website we have dealt with a few of the issues that can occur with a pre-existing patio, but to reiterate, here are the primary issues which are likely to occur with a patio: weeds growing in the joints, trip hazards due to uneven slabs, unstable or loose slabs, cracked or damaged paving slabs, standing water due to poor drainage, dirty patio slabs, patio edgings collapsing, sunken slabs, slabs covered in moss and lichen, stained patio slabs.

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