When it comes to how to build a patio, there are many things that you will have to think about when doing it yourself. Here is a list of the main things to consider.
The first thing to do is decide what type of concrete that you are going to use. This will depend on what is available in your area, what kind of weather it is in, and where you live. If you live in an area that has clay soil then you will have to use cement-based patio concrete. Concrete is usually used in a mixture with other materials such as sand, gravel, and pea gravel washed out of the local stream. This way the cement will last longer and will be easier to use.
You may want to include a patio heater to add extra warmth to your patio. If you live in an area that does not receive a lot of direct sunlight then you can use solar lights on your patio to make it more attractive and warm.
There is a lot that goes into making sure that your patio looks great. If your area does not have a lot of trees or bushes then consider using a deck cover to hide those plants. Your deck cover will help to protect the trees and bushes from being eaten by bugs, birds, and insects. This way your patio will look great all year round. The same goes for using a trellis or a gazebo to keep the plants from taking over the patio space.
Once you have decided on the right type of materials for your patio and have done all of your research on how to build a patio then it is time to start putting it all together. Most of your hard work in the planning stage will be in the installation phase. Now is the best time to use your hands and start to dig your holes and putting in your pavers. You can either start at the top and work your way down or start by laying the first two feet on top and work your way down to the bottom.
When it comes to laying your patio stones do not use gravel or pebbles that are too large or uneven. Use larger stones and smooth them out to prevent any slop and damage from getting into your foundation. Make sure that the stones are put straight and level so that you can easily walk around on the patio without tripping over or stumbling.
Once you have the right size and style of stones to your patio, you need to consider what type of stain to use on them. If you plan on leaving your patio looking new all year round then you do not want to use stain that fades in the sun.
To protect your patio from the elements and keep it looking great you can add a layer of patio paint. Make sure to leave a layer of protective coat on your outdoor concrete before you begin laying your patio paints because it is easy to slip on and off and can even fade and chip away at its surface over time.
Another important thing to consider is the color scheme of your patio. There is no point in painting your patio when it will only cause a small amount of problems with its color. For instance, if you have a tan or yellow outdoor concrete then you should avoid painting it at all costs.
Before you begin painting your patio make sure that you have removed all grime and debris such as leaves, twigs and sticks that may have been sitting on your surface for quite some time. Then use a sponge applicator to brush on the paint with a non-toxic solution.
Once you have installed your patio, make sure that it looks nice and clean. This is probably the most fun part about laying your own patio and it is you. You can even use your imagination here by adding accessories to make your patio look like the perfect place to relax in the sun. Your patio should look its best for years to come.