When first planning a new garden of patio, it is very important to determine the area and location of the patio. The size of the   area will not only affect the overall cost of the project, it will also determine its usage limitations, i.e. large patio furniture sets, barbecues, sunloungers etc. The location is also doubly important due to factors such as sunlight and shade, view, and privacy.




There is a massive range of decorative paving available today in different sizes and colours, and different surface finishes, giving them a personal appeal. There are both natural and manmade products, each carrying a different beauty and style. Natural paving mainly consists of sandstone, limestone and slate, they tend to give a more traditional and ‘rustic’ look, where as the manmade paving tends to give a more uniformed finish, and sometimes a harder wearing surface. Your choice of paving may be as simple as a preference or it may be a choice due to matching colour of surroundings, amount of foot traffic, or quite simply your budget. Your paving can be complimented by different laying patterns such as using multiple sized slabs laid in either a random or repeating pattern, sets or cobbles can be used as a border, this is a very effective way of finishing of the edges of slabs that have to be ‘cut in’. Decorative chips can be used around surrounding area of patio to give it a softening look or can even be put between the slabs if given a large enough pointing gap instead of cement. Planting pockets can also be left to give a nice country garden look. Not only are paving stones available in different sizes, they are also available as circles, hexagons and other amazing kits that will give your patio a very personal touch.




Choosing the ‘right’ person to do the job is always a priority when planning a project such as this. Price is important although it’s not recommended that you should automatically choose the cheapest, as you may be getting inferior materials, nor should you always opt for the most expensive, there are all to many people willing to ‘rip you off’. Make sure they have proper contact details, such as LANDLINE phone number as well as a mobile, valid company address, and website and email  are usually a good sign that your contractor is contactable if you have a problem. Don’t be shy to ask any questions regarding the  job, your contractor should always present himself in a friendly and approachable manor, and able to answer any queries without any problems. Genuine examples of work should be able to be produced on request, this is a good way to determine the skills, ability and experience of your contractor.



Aftercare for your patio



If your patio is prone to greenery falling on it or in a heavily shaded area where there is a risk of moss forming, you can apply a Teflon based coating onto it. This protective coating prevents moisture absorbing into the slab and stops moss, dirt, etc sticking to and staining it, making it easy to clean. This coating is most effective for natural paving where pressure washing may score and damage the surface. However using a pressure washer on harder wearing slabs can be a very simple and speedy way to bring your patio back to life, pre-wash  chemical solutions are available to help remove more stubborn blemishes prior to pressure washing.

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