Make sure you are wearing appropriate safety protection throughout the entire process.
Weed-proof Terram (Optional)
If deemed necessary, or for a lower maintenance patio, a weed-proof terram can be laid onto the sub-base.
STEP 1: Bedding Layer
Excavate and level a sub-grade layer to a minimum depth of 65mm.
The depth you dig will depend on the depth of the bedding layer (35-50mm) and the thickness of the patio slabs (Usually 22mm).
Smooth and level the sub-grade before laying the bedding layer of grit sand or cement.
Level and smooth the sand/cement ready for the laying of the blocks.
Cross section of patio construction
STEP 2: Blocks
Lay the slabs in a desired and pre-planned pattern.
If you are going to use mortar joint to secure the slabs, then you will need to leave a gap of 12mm between each slab.
If you are just using sand joints then leave a gap of 3mm between each slab.
STEP 3: Pointing
Always ensure that pointing is done when the slabs are dry.
At New Driveway Company we use a resin based mortar to point a patio. Use a pointing gun to point between each patio slab before using a pointing trowel or pointing bar to remove the excess mortar.
Allow an hour for the mortar and excess mortar to dry before sweeping the excess away with a brush.
Step 3: Pointing
Repeat the jointing process if necessary in any areas. Any dampness in the mortar or on the slabs will increase the chances of staining the slabs. Avoid weight bearing on the patio, of any type, for 48 hours.
Mr and Mrs Smith asked The New Driveway Company to create a new patio area for their garden.
Wychwood School commissioned the New Driveway Company to carry out two projects in the Summer of 2016.
The original driveway for this property in Headington, Oxford had been built in a “basket-weave” pattern and had started to subside.
The New Driveway Company was asked to create a large patio area at the rear of this property in West Hagbourne, Oxfordshire. The patio had to be a focal point for the house and the client wanted to create a space with a real wow-factor.
Phil Young contacted The New Driveway Company requesting a block driveway for two cars, a new fence along the front of the boundary and between the neighbouring property.
The New Driveway Company installed a new Bradstone rumbled block driveway for newlyweds Mr and Mrs Coley, as well as a new sandstone patio area in the back garden.
The New Driveway Company installed a new gravel driveway as well as a large patio at the rear this house in Witney, Oxfordshire.
The New Driveway Company was asked to create a new patio using Indian sandstone. We also created a step up to the lawn area and retained a small flower border for this property in Abingdon Oxfordshire.
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New block paving driveway, gravel car park, Indian Sandstone patio for Ella and Sam in Wantage, Oxfordshire.
We only had a tiny window of opportunity to complete the project. We turned up at 7.30am and finished the same day – job done.
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