Patios Longton

Longton Patio Layers (ST3): As soon as the spring arrives every year many of us plan to spend much more time in the fresh air and of course the garden (for the lucky ones that have one) is the most common place for that to occur. After a wet and gloomy winter in Longton, the garden is likely to be a bit of a quagmire, so putting in a nice new patio is the answer to make the garden usable. If you've already got a patio but it's starting to get uneven and overrun with weeds you might be wondering about having a new one put in or perhaps getting the existing one re-laid if the slabs are still sound and fit for purpose.

While a small patio assignment may well be something you could do on your own if you're used to that type of undertaking, it is most likely that you will want to employ a specialist Longton patio layer to manage the job on your behalf, especially for larger and trickier patios. It is not only the laying of your garden patio that you must take into account but the removal and disposal of the resulting waste materials plus the introduction of the new patio supplies.

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A professional Longton patio layer will be able to give you advice on what you may and may not have, suggest and order suitable materials and produce the perfect patio design for you to suit your available space. Ask for a sales brochure, most decent patio contractors will be happy to let you see a portfolio of jobs that they have previously completed in the Longton area. By seeing this brochure you should be able to get a notion of exactly what your project will look like when it is complete, this will assist you to determine your preferred design and materials.

Project Planning: It is important to confer with your patio specialist with regards to specific factors that must be decided during the planning stage, for example: does the area need to be levelled, what patio materials are you planning to use, access to the patio, do you require it to slope away from the property, the measuring the area to be patioed, are there any obstacles in the way (drain covers, trees etc), what is the perfect location for your patio, what is your patio area going to be used for along with other factors that your Longton patio expert will point out.

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Preparing the Area: This step of the patio project will involve the removal and disposal of surrounding materials and any existing paving waste, removal of the topsoil layer to get down to the more stable sub-soil, introduction of a hardcore material or sub-base and the subsequent levelling and compacting of this material, covering using a bedding layer for example sharp sand.

The Final Paving: When everything has been prepared the patio builder will begin putting down the slabs, just how this level proceeds depends upon the materials you have chosen, and might be relatively straightforward as long as the ground preparation was executed properly and the base is level and stable.

Materials for Paving: There is a diverse variety of materials that can be used for building patios, amongst the most widely used are: sandstone, limestone, granite, slabs, concrete, gravel, slate, bricks, cobbles, asphalt, composite tiles, setts and blocks.

Patio Edgings Longton: Although it will depend on the planned style and layout of the patio, you may possibly be able to use an attractive edging which really finishes a patio off nicely. You can buy numerous kinds of edgings for patios, although they will not all be suited to your particular patio finish, so be sure to choose carefully if you want to go for an edging. You could use a low brick wall edging, a blockwork/brick edging, a coping stone edging, a kerbstone edging or a wavy stone edging. Ask your Longton patio installer concerning the available options and what they think will best go with your style of patio. They will have photos of patio edgings they've used on similar projects.

Patio Slabs/Paving Slabs Longton: Patio or paving slabs come in all sizes and shapes, the prices can vary widely as well. Which kind of slabs you select for your own patio could be determined by current fashions, your allowed budget, the need to match pre-existing materials and personal tastes. The most favoured patio slabs used in Longton these days are manufactured from concrete or sandstone and these are readily available in local DIY stores and garden centres. Prices (in 2018) start at around £3 up to £15 though they are frequently sold in bulk packs. Typical sizes are: 300mm x 300mm, 450mm x 450mm and 600mm x 600mm, the thickness can vary from 22mm to 38mm.

Driveway Installation Longton: While you are having a nice new patio laid you may also need to freshen up your driveway as well. Some patio builders in Longton will gladly handle this job for you, and it is often better to do this at the same time so you only have one lot of mess and can use just one skip for the removal of waste. This of course will be dependent on your budget and whether it will stretch to this extra work, but it's definitely worth thinking about.

Hard Landscaping Longton: Driveways, pathways and patios all come under the umbrella term of "hard landscaping" (sometimes called "hardscaping"), which essentially means any kind of garden architecture and design created using construction materials, rather than plant based materials such as shrubs, grasses and trees, which are known as "soft landscaping". In some instances garden furniture could also be termed as "hard landscaping".

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Driveway and Patio Cleaning Longton: If you're putting in a complete new patio in Longton then you will likely not currently be concerned with patio cleaning, however, you will need to be doing this regularly so as to keep your new patio looking in tip top condition. If you happen to be extending or adding onto an existing patio then it might be advisable to have the old patio slabs properly cleaned so that they blend in with the new slabs. Usually the cleaning of patios is achieved by chemical cleaning or pressure washing and local Longton patio cleaning contractors will probably provide both of these services. Professional cleaners use extremely high pressure equipment that is a lot better than the sort of jet washer some people have in their shed or garage. (Tags: Patio Cleaning Longton, Jet Washing Patios Longton)

Patio Grouting Longton: With old, pre-existing patios one of the key issues is with crumbling joints or grouting. If this happens your patio can look awful and probably have grass and weeds establishing themselves in between the slabs. You can constantly use weedkiller to alleviate this problem or dowse the weeds with boiling water which is a fantastic non-chemical way to kill weeds. Re-doing the grout can be challenging and the hardest job is to remove the old grout which is probably going to be a sand and cement mix. If your paving slabs are loose and unstable there is no point replacing the joints because it will not solve the issue, and you actually need to have the whole area re-slabbed. If your slabs are firm and stable you can go ahead and rake out the old mortar with a hammer and bolster, a patio knife or better still an angle grinder with a diamond tipped blade. Give the whole area a really good clean-up 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 system. (Tags: Patio Grouting Longton, Patio Re-Grouting Longton)

Resin Bound Patios and Driveways Longton: A more modern invention that is in the main used for creating driveways in Longton, but can effectively be used for patios is the resin bound system. A resin bound surface is made up of a combination of resin and aggregate stones which can be mixed cold, on-site. The finished surface is permeable, allowing rain water to easily pass through it, preventing the flooding problems that may occur with paving slabs. Resin bound patios are also relatively maintenance free, weed resistant, attractive, colour fast, hardwearing, long lasting, non-slip, UV stable and available in a variety of colours, they're furthermore very adaptable and can easily incorporate customized designs and logos, making them suitable for business as well as private use.

Longton Patios - Issues: All through this website I've covered several of the problems that can affect an existing patio, but to review, here are the primary problems that are liable to occur with a patio: collapsed patio edgings, trip hazards, cracked or damaged patio slabs, sunken slabs, stained patio slabs, dirty patio slabs, unstable or loose slabs, standing water due to poor drainage, slabs covered in moss, algae and lichen, infestation by weeds.

Driveway and Patio Sealing Longton: Applying sealer is the ideal way to preserve your path, paved area, patio or driveway in Longton and is very effective for areas of block paving where the sand can be eroded from the joints whilst cleaning. Sealing helps prevent this loss of sand that is a typical problem when power jetting in particular. This is not the only benefit of sealing which will also prolong the lifespan of your patio or driveway, restrict grass, moss and weed growth, make the area easier and quicker to clean, enhance the look and colour of your patio blocks or slabs, prevent unsightly staining and reduce the need for future repairs. Pavement and patio sealants are waterproof and shouldn't peel or blister, various products can be purchased for different purposes including block paving sealants, tarmac sealers, natural stone sealants and imprinted concrete sealers. (Tags: Driveway Sealing Longton, Patio Sealing Longton)

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