Guide to Laying Paving Products
Laying your own patio can be a rewarding DIY task and by following some simple steps from our paving guide it’s easily achievable.
Here we have outlined the steps involved inlaying paving flags to create the perfect patio area.
1. Preparation of the base is very important when it comes to achieving a level even finish to your paved area. The laying course is normally a natural clean sharp gritty sand, laid moist in a 30–50mm layer and screeded off to correct levels. Alternatively, a clean grit may be used.
We recommend the use of our pre-mixed Patio Bedding Mix (in 25kg bags) for domestic patio areas.
2. Starting with a full flag against a fixed point,like a wall, lay the flags evenly using a spirit level and a pavior maul.
3. As you continue to lay the flags, using the spirit level, regularly check the levels across a number of flags making sure to allow for a gentle slope away from the house.
4. In order to achieve an even blend of colour, we recommend working equally from a minimum of three packs, laying evenly from each.
5. There are few options when it comes to jointing paving flags. You can simply sweep jointing sand into joints, Kilsaran Jointing Sand is perfect for this. Alternatively you can joint them using a dedicated paving jointing mortar like Kilsaran Permajoint, available in various colours including Buff and Grey.
6. Sealing is a great way of protecting your investment and is highly recommended for all Kilsaran paving products.
7. Regular maintenance will keep your new paving flags looking great.
While laying your own patio can be an extremely rewarding process you may wish to bring in the professionals. A professional paving contractor or landscaper can recommend colours, complementary products, suitable laying patterns and more. When choosing a professional to lay your paving you should exercise a degree of common sense before making your decision.
Read our tips on how to choose the right contractor for your paving job here.