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Reading Patio Layers: When springtime appears every year most of you contemplate spending more time out of the house and obviously the garden (for those that have one) is the most natural place for that to happen. After a gloomy and wet winter in Reading, your garden is likely to be a bit of a quagmire, so installing a brand new patio would be the obvious answer to this. If you do already have a patio but it is out of level and overrun with weeds you may be wondering about having a new one or perhaps just lifting and re-laying the old one if the patio slabs are still sound and fit for purpose.

While a modest patio project might be something that you could complete by yourself if you're keen on that kind of undertaking, its likely that you may need to search for a professional Reading patio layer to complete the job on your behalf, particularly for more substantial patios. It isn't merely the laying of your garden patio that you ought to take into account but the removing and disposal of the waste materials plus the introduction of required patio materials. You should also keep in mind that building patios can be quite back-breaking work, particularly if the existing slabs were concreted in position. A large sized paving slab with a chunk of concrete on it can be rather weighty, so at least enlist somebody to assist you in lifting these, should you decide to go it alone.

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A specialist Reading patio builder will be able to give you advice on exactly what you may and may not have, suggest and supply the right materials and work out an effective patio design for you to sit nicely in your available space. Always ask for a sales brochure, most reliable patio builders will carry a portfolio of projects which they have recently done in the Reading area. By seeing this brochure you should be able to get a good idea of precisely what your job will be like when its complete, this should help you to determine your layout and materials.

The Planning of The Project: It is advisable to check with your chosen patio layer regarding certain matters which have to be decided during the planning stage, for instance: what is the patioed area to be used for, how easy will it be to access the patio, what is the perfect position for your patio, what materials are you planning to use, does the area need levelling out, do you require a gradient away from buildings, are there any obstacles to think about such as (manholes, trees etc), the accurate measuring of the area to be patioed as well as other considerations that your Reading patio layer will highlight.

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Preparing the Area: This stage of the patio project will include the extraction and disposal of surface materials and unwanted paving waste, digging up of the topsoil layer to get down to the firmer sub-soil, spreading of a hardcore or sub-base and the subsequent levelling and pressing down of this material, overlaying with a bedding material for instance sharp sand.

Paving the Area: When all has been prepared your patio builder will commence laying the slabs, just how this level proceeds will depend upon the types of materials you decided on, and might be fairly straightforward so long as the area preparation was carried out correctly and the final base is flat and solid.

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

Patio Edging Reading: Depending on the style and layout of your patio, you might be able to use a stylish edging which really gives a patio that professional finish. There are many types of edgings for patios, although they won't all be appropriate for your specific patio finish, so be sure to choose the right product if you opt to go with an edging. You could pick a coping stone edging, a contoured stone edging, a brick/blockwork edging, a rounded kerbstone edging or a short brick wall edging. Check with your Reading patio installer regarding the options and what they believe will best go with your patio. They will probably have photos of patio edgings they have used in the past.

Patio Ideas ReadingPatio Design Ideas Reading: The number of design and layout ideas that can be used for a patio are limitless and unless you're good at designing things you may want to seek advice from a local Reading landscaper or patio design specialist if you're planning something complicated. You could keep it simple with a plain rectangular or square shape on one level or you could go crazy and combine various shapes on split levels to give your patio more character or fit in with a sloped garden for example. Bespoke patios can be pricey so keep a check on your budget regularly and if you're leaning towards a cheap patio, keep to a simple design. Certain facets of your patio are likely to be dependent on the space that's available and the shape of your garden, if there is not much space your choices will be somewhat restricted. Your local Reading patio specialist will be able to give you advice on how best to proceed. Some ideas for patios which may give you inspiration include: a free form patio, a circular patio, a brick patio, a mosaic patio, a split-level patio, a flagstone patio or a textured concrete patio. Have a look at Flickr or Google Images for further creative ideas.

Driveways Reading: While you are getting a new patio laid you may want to replace your driveway too. Many patio builders in Reading will also be prepared to deal with this task for you, and it might be better to get it done simultaneously so you only have one lot of mess and you are able to use one large skip for the waste removal. This of course will depend upon your budget and whether or not it will extend to this extra work, however it is definitely worthwhile considering.

Patio Grouting Reading: With old patios one of the main problems is with cracked joints or grouting. If this occurs your patio area will look very messy and have weeds and grass growing up between the slabs. You can continually use weedkiller to relieve the problem or pour boiling water on the weeds which is a great non-chemical solution to kill weeds. Replacing the grout isn't easy and the toughest thing is to remove the old grout which will probably be a cement and sand mix. If your slabs are loose and moving there is little point replacing the joints since it will not have much effect, and you actually need to have the entire patio re-slabbed. If your slabs are stable and secure you can hook out the old mortar with a hammer and bolster, a patio knife or even better a diamond tipped blade in an angle grinder. Give the entire area a good cleanup once you're done and re-joint 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 method.

Flagstone Patios Reading: Of the many materials that can be used for building a patio, flagstone is considered one of the best. There are plenty of reasons why you need to think about this option for your patio in Reading, and these include the fact that flagstones are ideal for "free form" patios, giving plenty of scope for creativity, plants can be grown between the stones to soften the look of the patio, flagstones look more organic and natural, they come in a variety of subtle shades, they can be laid dry to give a permeable surface therefore avoiding standing water, they are long lasting and durable and they have distinctive shapes and textured surfaces. This kind of patio has wide appeal mainly due to the fact that flagstones are naturally sourced stones which are quarried and cut from limestone, travertine, slate, bluestone and sandstone.

Resin Bound Patios Reading: A relatively recent invention which is mostly used for creating driveways in Reading, but can effectively be used for patios is the resin bound process. A resin bound surface comprises a mixture of resin and aggregate stones which is mixed cold, on-site. The finished surface is permeable, permitting water to pass through it, reducing the surface water issues that often occur with paved areas. Resin bound patios and driveways are also UV stable, colour fast, available in different colours, long lasting, hardwearing, attractive, relatively maintenance free, weed resistant and non-slip, they are furthermore very versatile and can easily incorporate custom designs and logos, making them great for commercial as well as residential use.

Patio and Driveway Sealing Reading: Applying sealant is a good way to preserve your path, driveway, paved area or patio in Reading and is especially beneficial for block paved areas where the sand joints can be eroded while cleaning. Sealing helps prevent this irritating loss of sand that is a common issue when jet washing in particular. This is not the only benefit of sealing which will also make the paved area quicker and easier to clean, prolong the life of your patio or driveway, reduce the risk of repairs in the future, avert unsightly staining, enhance the colour of your patio blocks or slabs and inhibit moss, weed and grass growth. Driveway and patio sealants are water resistant and don't blister or peel, various types are available on the market for different finishes including imprinted concrete sealants, natural stone sealants, block paving sealers and tarmac restorers. (Tags: Driveway Sealing Reading, Patio Sealing Reading)

Patio Furniture Reading: Once you've finished work on your patio you will be wanting to buy the patio furniture to complement your newly created outdoor space. There's a lot to think about when buying patio furniture and you ought to put as much thought into this part of the process as you would in selecting furniture for the inside of your home. During the summertime you will probably spend more time sitting on your patio than you do in the house, so having a measured approach is essential. You should not just cram in as much furniture as you can, you should use the space smartly. It is often a good approach to continue your colour scheme through from the interior to the exterior, this helps to maintain the smooth flow of the space.

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Artificial Lawns Reading: Something which you may wish to look at instead of a patio is artificial grass, which is equally low maintenance, long lasting and can be installed a good deal more cheaply than a stone patio and with less disruption and mess. Artificial grass looks the same as real grass, both from a distance and close up, but it never has to be mowed and doesn't grow. If you are on the lookout for a more affordable solution for your precious garden space in Reading, then artificial grass may just be the answer for you. Excessive concrete and stone can give a very drab appearance to your garden area, the natural green colour of artificial grass is more soothing and easy on the eye. The cost of installing artificial grass in Reading is on a par with doing it with cheap quality paving slabs but less than half the price of higher end paving slabs.

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