We excavate the area, lay a proper base and construct a patio to last
Indian Sandstone Paving great for paving both large and small patios
flowerpotmanpatio builders, supply and lay all types of paving from Natural Sandstone flagstones to concrete slabs. We also lay Block paving.
Prefer DIY? tips to lay your own patio further down this page....
Pre formed concrete slabs or natural stone flagstones?
Indian sandstone patios
Sandstone is a natural paving stone mostly imported from Indiaand comes in a variety of colours, sizes and textures.
Both the darker and lighter coloured flagstones make great paved patios in large landscaping projects,
The lighter colours are very effective in brightening up small shady gardens and courtyards .
Because its a natural stone the colours and rivens vary, catalogues don't show this, so before I order its well worth a visit to a local builders supply company to see the colours for yourself.
Concrete paving slabs
Concrete slabs can be an attractive and practical choice for paving garden pathways, steps and patios and are available in a wide range of colours, prices, surface finishes, from rivened, flat and non slip surfaces for wheelchairs and elderly gardeners.
Utility slabs will cost about £15 per sq m.
higher quality concrete slabs up to £60 per sq m
If your patio is looking a bit cracked and tired try these tips to brighten it up plants for gaps
Want to lay your own patio? or supply the slabs and landscaping materials.
We can prepare the ground for you or if you prefer to buy the slabs and materials from a local company, we can quote for labour only. Most patio slab supply companies deliver nationwide, click and compare them for price.
DIY slab laying tips This is a basic guide to laying a patio, always read the suppliers patio laying guide. Indian Sandstone and other natural flagstones can be laid on a bed of Sharp sand but concrete slabs should always be laid on a bed of mortar.
Preparing the Base for laying slabs Mark out the area to be paved and dig out enough soil to allow a hardcore base of about100mm plus the depth of the paving slab and 50mm mortar. You will need to dig deeper and increase the depth of the hardcore if the ground is soft or soggy.
Shovel in the hardcore and rake it level and then compact it down, making sure the surface is low enough to allow for the mortar and slabs. If you are laying the patio near to a building dont forget to slope the patio away.
Laying the slabs. Shovel an even layer of mortar onto the hardcore base and lay the first slab on the mortar, tap the slab into position. Fill any gaps around the slab with mortar. Use a Spirit level to check the slab is level. Lay the first row of slabs from the first slab using 10mm spacers to make sure all the joints are the same. If you are close butting Natural stone, forget the spacers.
When the first row is complete, lay slabs along the two adjacent outer edges. Fill in the central area, working back row by row. Keep checking that the fall is correct and that the slabs are level in both directions.
Pointing slabs Only do this on a dry day when the slabs are completely dry. Use a dry mix of three parts sharp sand to one part cement, brush it into the joints and push it down firmly with a trowel or a pointing tool. You may have to repeat this several times. Brush away any excess mortar mix and lightly spray the newly paved area to set the mortar.
How much will it cost to pave a patio?
The cost for laying patios will take into account the cost of materials. Choosing concrete slabs can sometimes work out more expensive than using natural stone flagstones like Indian sandstone, so check prices with your local builders merchant before making the final choice.
Garden clearance, levelling slopes, surface preparation, building retaining walls, groundwork and access to your garden all effect the price.
A rough guide for paving your garden including the slabs or flagstones would be about £60 to £120 per sq m.