Patios Watford

Watford Patio Layers: As springtime appears every year most people start to think about spending a lot more time in the fresh air and obviously the garden is the most natural place to begin. After a wet and gloomy winter in Watford, the garden could be a bit of a quagmire, therefore putting in a clean new patio is the answer to this issue. If you currently have a patio but it's starting to get uneven and overgrown with weeds you could be contemplating having a new one laid or perhaps just lifting and re-laying the old one if the paving slabs are still in a decent condition.

Although a limited patio assignment may well be something you could complete by yourself should you be conversant with this sort of undertaking, it is likely that you may need to find a competent Watford patio layer to handle the project on your behalf, especially for more substantial patios. It isn't merely the laying of your garden patio you have to look at but also the removing and disposal of the resulting waste matter plus the introduction of the required patio supplies.

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An expert Watford patio contractor will give you advice on what you can and can't have, recommend and supply appropriate materials and work out a superb patio design for you to fit your available area. Request a sales brochure, most good patio contractors will be happy to let you look at a portfolio of patio work that they've recently completed in the Watford area. By seeing this portfolio you may be able to get a notion of just what your project will look like when its finished, this enables you to choose your preferred layout and materials.

Planning The Project: You really should speak to your patio layer regarding specific factors that must be decided during the planning stage, for example: where is the perfect location for your patio, what is your patio area to be used for, does the area need levelling, what materials are to be used, the accurate measuring of the area to be patioed, are there any obstacles to consider such as (trees, drains etc), does it need to slope away from buildings, access to the patio as well as other concerns which your Watford patio builder will explain.

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Preparation of the Area: This phase of the patio project will include the removing and disposal of surrounding materials and any unwanted paving waste, digging up of the topsoil layer to reach the more stable sub-soil, putting in of a sub-base or hardcore material and the subsequent levelling and tamping of this material, covering with a bedding layer such as sharp sand.

Laying the Paving: When everything has been prepared the patio builder will commence laying the slabs, precisely how this stage proceeds depends upon the type of material you have picked, and should be pretty straightforward so long as the surface preparation was carried out properly and the base is sound and flat.

Paving Materials: There is a broad array of materials which you can use for building a patio, amongst the most popular are: gravel, slabs, setts, limestone, slate, concrete, composite blocks, asphalt, sandstone, cobbles, granite, bricks and blocks.

Patio Edging Watford: Although it will depend on the planned layout and style of the patio, you might be able to incorporate a complimentary edging which really gives a patio that professional finish. You can find several types of edgings for patios, although they won't all be appropriate for your specific patio finish, so be certain to choose the right product if you decide to go with an edging. You could pick a coping stone edging, a blockwork/brick edging, a kerbstone edging, a low brick wall edging or a contoured stone edging. Talk to your Watford patio layer concerning the options and what they think will look best with your style of patio. They could have pictures of patio edgings they've used on previous projects.

Patio Ideas WatfordPatio Design Ideas Watford: The variety of layout and design ideas that can be used in a patio are endless and unless you are good at designing stuff you may choose to talk to a local Watford patio design specialist or landscaper if you're planning something complicated. You might opt to keep it simple and go with a simple square or rectangular shape on a single level or you might 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 expensive so be alert to your budget requirements regularly and if you are leaning towards a cheap patio, keep to a simple design. Specific facets of your patio are likely to be affected by the shape of your garden and the space that is available, if you've got not much space your alternatives may be somewhat restricted. Your local Watford patio specialist will advise you on how best to proceed. A few patio ideas which may give you inspiration include: a mosaic patio, a circular patio, a free form patio, a split-level patio, a brick patio, a poured concrete patio or a stone patio..

Patio Slabs/Paving Slabs Watford: Paving or patio slabs come in all sizes and shapes, the prices can differ widely too. Which slabs you select for your own patio could be based on the need to match pre-existing materials, current fashions, personal taste and your allowed budget. The most popular patio slabs used in Watford these days are made of sandstone or concrete and a variety of these can easily be purchased in DIY outlets and garden centres. Prices (at the time of writing) start at around £3 up to £15 each though they're usually sold in bulk packs of 20 or more.

Driveways Watford: At the same time as you are having a new patio laid you may want to freshen up your driveway too. Some patio builders in Watford will also handle this job for you, and it may be better to get it done at the same time so that you only have one lot of mess and you will be able to use one large skip for your waste removal. This will of course depend on your budget and whether or not it will stretch to this extra work, but it's definitely worthwhile considering.

Hard Landscaping Watford: Pathways, patios and driveways are all described by the umbrella term of "hard landscaping" (or occasionally "hardscaping"), which basically refers to any type of garden design and architecture created with construction materials, rather than plant related materials such as grasses, shrubs and trees, which are generally known as "soft landscaping". In some instances garden furniture can also be described as "hard landscaping".

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Driveway and Patio Cleaning Watford: If you are putting in an entire new patio in Watford then you'll probably not be currently worried about patio cleaning, though you'll need to do this on a fairly regular basis so as to keep your new patio in tip top condition. If you are adding onto or extending an existing patio area then it might be advisable to have the old patio slabs cleaned so that they match as closely as possible with the new patio slabs that are being laid. Normally patio cleaning is done by high-pressure water jetting or chemical cleaning and most local Watford patio cleaning contractors will probably offer both of these services. Professionals use exceptionally high pressure equipment that is superior to the kind of jet washer that some people have in their shed.

Resin Bound Driveways and Patios Watford: A relatively recent innovation which is in the main used for driveways in Watford, but can easily be used for patios is the resin bound technique. A resin bound surface comprises a mixture of coloured aggregate stones and resin which can be mixed cold, on-site. The finished surface is permeable, allowing water to pass through it, reducing the flooding issues that can arise with paved areas. Resin bound patios are also UV stable, relatively maintenance free, long lasting, available in a variety of colours, colour fast, non-slip, weed resistant, hardwearing and attractive, they are furthermore extremely versatile and can readily incorporate bespoke logos and designs, making them great for commercial as well as residential use.

Watford Patios - Problems: All through this site we've discussed some of the issues that can occur with an existing patio, but to reiterate, here are the main issues which are liable to arise with a patio: the staining of patio slabs, leaning edges, slabs covered in moss and lichen, poor drainage for rainwater, patio slabs becoming unstable or loose, trip hazards, patio slabs that have sunk or moved, weeds growing in the joints, dirty patio slabs, cracked or damaged slabs.

Driveway and Patio Sealing Watford: Sealing is an excellent way to preserve your paved area, path, patio or driveway in Watford and can be especially effective for areas of block paving where the sand joints can easily be eroded while cleaning. Sealing prevents this irksome loss of sand which can be a frequent issue when water jetting in particular. This is by no means the only benefit of sealing which should also make the area quicker and easier to clean, prevent the growth of grass, weed and moss, reduce the need for future repairs, lengthen the life of your driveway or patio, prevent staining and improve the colour and look of your patio slabs or blocks. Pavement and patio sealants are waterproof and don't peel or blister, various types can be bought for different finishes including tarmac sealers, block paving sealants, imprinted concrete sealers and natural stone sealants. (Tags: Driveway Sealing Watford, Patio Sealing Watford)

Patio Furniture Watford: After you have finished your patio you will be eager to buy some patio furniture to complete your new outdoor space. There's plenty to consider when buying patio furniture and you need to put as much thought into this process as you would shopping for furniture for the interior of your home. In the summertime you'll probably spend more of your time relaxing on your patio area than you do in the house, so doing it right is important. Don't just pack in as much furniture as you can, you should utilize the available space carefully. It's a nice idea to continue the colour scheme through from the inside to the outside of the house, this helps to maintain the flow of the space.

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Artificial Lawns Watford: Something which you may wish to consider instead of a patio is artificial grass, which can be equally low maintenance, long lasting and can be installed more cheaply than a stone patio and with less disruption and mess. Artificial grass looks like real grass, both from a distance and close up, but it doesn't grow and never has to be mowed. If you're looking for a more cost effective solution for your outside space in Watford, then artificial grass might be just the answer for you. Excessive stone and concrete can look very stark in your garden area, the natural green colour of artificial grass is more soothing and easy on the eye. The cost of putting in artificial grass in Watford is about the same as when using cheap quality paving but less than half the cost of high end patio slabs.

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