Guide to Choosing A Patio
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Read our guide to choosing a patio. Find out more about the types of patio to choose from and best patio materials. Essential information before laying a patio.
Choosing the Right Paving for your Garden
Creating a patio is a fun and exciting project. Paving makes your garden more functional and a great area in which to enjoy your property. With many paving options available, you might be feeling. You might be feeling overwhelmed by all the choices or confused about where to start.
Read on for key information about the various paving types to find the best one for you and your property.
Choosing your Patio Style
Look at the following patio styles below for slabs that will create your ideal rustic or modern-looking garden.
Paving slab sizes
The larger your paved area is, the larger the slabs should be to keep your garden to scale. For example, paving a small area with huge slabs would make the space look smaller than it already is.
Paving slab sizes range from 100 x 100mm to 2,000 x 2,000mm. The stronger the material of your choice is, the larger you can make the patio slabs match their thickness.
Choose your Patio Material
Choosing the right materials for your patio isn't always a simple decision because different materials create many different looks. Depending on the look you are after, you can create many patio spaces using any of the following materials. Here is our rundown of some materials we think look the best.
How much does Patio Paving Cost?
Patio paving costs do not just reflect the price of the slabs themselves but the installation costs too. The price of concrete paving slabs usually falls within the range of £25.00 - £45.00 m². Concrete tends to have a higher breakage potential, which means installation can take longer and cost more.
When compared with the other two materials, concrete installation usually costs between the costs of installing natural stone and porcelain. Natural stone can often cost more than concrete, within £25.00 - £60.00 m². Natural stone is an easy material to cut and lay down with the fewest breakages.
As a result of this, installation is quick and costs low. Porcelain is the most expensive of the trio, costing between £35.00 - £70.00 m². Since porcelain is the most difficult to cut, the installation will take longer and cost more.
After installation, it is unlikely that you will have to worry about there being any breakages. In conclusion, natural stone slabs are the cheapest option for paving when considering how cheap the supply of the material is and the installation costs.
Concrete is the second cheapest option as the material itself is cheap but expensive to have installed. Porcelain is the most expensive paving option regarding both the material and installation costs.
Plants and your Patio
Ensure that you organise where your plants are going to go.
You may want to place some climbers and potted plants between the hard landscaping of your patio and the soft landscaping of your plants for an easy visual transition.
Installing climbers such as honeysuckle, jasmine, mock orange, and roses can bring wondrous smells to your garden.
Additionally, herbs such as lavender, lemon balm, and mint could make for a beautiful smelling and potted herb garden, usage in glasses of Pimm's, and DIY soap projects.
Plants can also be a temporary feature on your patio.
For example, a low seating wall is useful for your guests to sit on and lay BBQ food and drinks out on, but they can also feature your potted plants when not in use.