26 December 2020
DIY Paving Tips
With the new year fast approaching and no sign of a let up in lockdown restrictions. Now is the perfect time to start planning your garden revamp. Paving your garden can enhance your outdoor space, helping create a whole new look and ambience. If you’re a keen DIYer renovating your outdoor space. We have some useful DIY Paving Tips to help guide you along the way.
1.Plan it all out
There’s more to planning your patio area or garden path than how it will look at the end. Make a blueprint with all the major features on it such as the house, trees and ponds and decide on a suitable size.
Some factors to consider are:
1. how will it meet up with any turfed areas to avoid any hidden trip hazards.
2. ensuring rainwater runs away from your property and not to it.
2. Get the ground ready
If relaying an old patio first step would be to dig up the old flagstones and get rid of any debris. Then dig to required depth:
- 150mm below the damp proof course is recommended if directly next to your house.
- 10mm below ground level if it’s going to adjoin your lawn.
3. Practice first
Once you have your slabs and your plan, it will serve you well to lay them out first. Checking that they all fit, and you’re satisfied with the arrangement of them. Once you get started, you won’t easily be able to change them around, especially once fixed in place.
4. Stay safe
Slabs can be heavier than you might think. Make sure you wear protective steel toe cap boots and gloves for handling the paving, sand, cement and gravel.
If you’re looking for flagstones for your garden renovation, talk to our helpful and knowledgeable team today or take a look at our extensive collection of contemporary and traditional paving online.
5. Select your slabs
Whatever paving material you decide upon, they will have almost imperceptible differences in texture and colour. Try mixing and matching your slabs from different pallets or batches as you lay them out. This will help avoid having a patch that is noticeably different from the rest.
Check out our guide to finding the right paving for you. Giving the low down on types of natural stone, along with pro and cons for each.