When constructing a paved area, we would normally recommend you use Indian stone flags. These create fantastic patios and terrace area. The only time we use concrete flags is for a shed base, where they are not visible. The stone patios we construct look amazing giving real character and wow factor to a garden. We can use multi-sized stone flags for a random effect or just one size stone flag to keep things simple and uncluttered. We can also use, with good effect, cobbles to edge the paved area and add stone circles to give added interest.
How to Construct a Paved Area
When laying a patio or terrace, it is so important to ensure the foundation is correct. A poor base makes for a poor patio. Taking the time to ensure the base is level and compact is really important. We recommend excavating the area to approx 150mm below the finishing height of the patio. We then use a minimum of 50mm of compacted hardcore for pedestrian paved areas. If the area is going to be driven on, it will need at least 100mm of hardcore (and will need to be excavated to 200mm).
Once the area is prepared, begin to lay the flags on a solid bed of wet cement (not spotted). This ensures that you don’t end up with loose flags. We recommend leaving a 10cm gap between any buildings and patio area so that gravel can be laid to help improve drainage.
After the flags have been laid, we recommend using resin because it is both pressure washer and frost resistant. It also gives a brilliant finish to your paved area.
If you would prefer to let a professional take care of the work for you, please get in touch.