Patio's by Paving Perfection based in Loanhead near Edinburgh
We appreciate that most patios are installed in rear gardens which can mean restricted access at the side of house. Some installations are accessible only through the garage or occasionally the only access is through the house. We therefore try our best to minimise disruption and mess caused by large quantities of materials passing through these enclosed spaces and take every care possible with customers property.
Many people believe there is not any or little preparation required in laying a patio except to clear away any unwanted old paving and laying the new one. This is not strictly true, although a patio is not being driven on, it does still require a sub-base or it will eventually move and sink in much the same way as a badly prepared driveway.
There are many products available on the market that can be used for patios and more are appearing every year. As a rule of thumb almost all paving slabs require to be laid on a full mortar bed and pointing applied between the joints. Excavation should be 8 inches deep with a Geotextile membrane layed.
Most Patio paving is best pointed with Geofix or Marshalls Weatherpoint 360, a flexible compound designed to last longer than a traditional mortar mix.
The minimum depth that a Patio should be excavated when using monoblock paving on a patio area is also 200mm (8inches). The Hardcore and Sand will be compacted using a HAUC*1 compatible compaction plate (known as a 'Whacker'). The blocks, once laid will be held in place by concrete around the perimeters of your patio and if required, kerbs or edging. Dry silica joint filling sand is then applied and the entire area is then compacted again using the vibrating plate. Dry weather is essential for this part of the project.