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Patios have the potential to add ‘wow’ factor to any garden. After deciding your garden is ready for the perfect patio, there’s several considerations to factor in, which arguably could leave you more confused than when you started! “So many choices!” you might think to yourself. We feel your pain, but fear not - we’re here to guide you through some of the options and key considerations.

Purpose

First question you need to ask yourself – what is the purpose? Is this patio purely for vanity or is there a practical element? We suspect the latter, as most people want to get out and enjoy their patios – especially in the summer months! When you’ve worked out the purpose, you can move onto getting creative with the design.

Design

As we’ve mentioned, the purpose of your patio will impact your design. Not only this, but also considerations such as how much space there is to work with, the aspect of the patio (north facing, south facing, etc.), and what you want the overall look to be. It’s also important that the design compliments the surroundings in style and colour. The last thing you want is a great looking patio that looks awful against your house!

If you’ve already got a design in mind, great. If not, getting professionals on board is a good plan. They will ensure that your purpose and design work in harmony to create the best patio possible!

Materials

To get the design right, you need the right materials. If you’re not sure where to start, why not head to Stonecraft Paving Centre in Coventry, where all the materials we use are displayed. You can even check out our display there for ideas!

The materials are crucial and should always be chosen with the purpose and design in mind. If you’re not sure, you can always ask for samples to ponder over – and of course we’re happy to offer our expert opinion! Let’s look at some of the most commonly used materials:

Natural stone

The crème de la crème of paving stones, natural stone comes in a range of different forms including sandstone, slate and limestone. As natural stone is exactly that – natural – you will find there will be colour variations across the slabs, which again depends on the overall look you want to create. Equally, because they are natural, the colour doesn’t fade which makes it the best option if you are planning on living at your property for a long time as it will last!

Another perk – the slabs are laid using solid wet mortar beds which means weeds won’t be able to grow (so no need to spend time on your hands and knees pulling them up!) We also paste the back of natural stone or any other slab with PVA glue mixed with water just before placing it onto the wet mortar bed to give it that extra stick!

If you are enlisting professionals to do the ground work for you (pardon the pun), please make sure you ask to see examples of their previous work. There is an art to laying natural stone that is different to laying block paving. We’re highly experienced in this so please do get in touch to see our work. You can always pop and look at our display in Stonecraft Paving Centre (Coventry), too.

While natural stone is initially a more expensive option, it offers a durable, high quality finish that you can enjoy for many years to come.

Block paving

There are endless options when it comes to block paving. Made of brick, concrete, clay or stone (to name a few!), you can create a contemporary look all the way through to a more traditional look. Big blocks, little blocks – how long is a piece of string?!

You can have fun with a whole range of colours and patterns, depending on the overall look you want to achieve. It’s a great option if you want to create a bespoke finish and is much easier to lay than natural stone. The materials used for block paving tend to be manmade, so the colour will fade over time. How much this matters to you depends on how long you see yourself staying at the property – ideal for five years and under.

To avoid weed growth, we always lay weed-free breathable membrane (at no extra cost, by the way!) This stops the weeds growing from beneath the paving meaning you can enjoy your block paving without those pesky weeds making a sneaky appearance and spoiling your view! Sealer can also be applied to the surface of blocks to prevent weeds growing from seeds dropped by birds, for example.

Hopefully this has given you an overview of the key considerations for creating the perfect patio. Don’t forget to look at our portfolio for inspiration!

For more information or advice, contact BB Landscapes on 024 7672 0204 or email info@bblandscapescoventry.co.uk.

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