Common Mistakes When Building a Patio

When it comes to building a patio, there are right and wrong ways to get the job done. When the right ideas, plans, and designs are used so installation is done properly, the result is a beautiful space that adds value to the property and creates more functional space for family and friends. On the other hand, if installation of a new concrete patio were done wrong, not only would it look bad but also there would be potential for damage that could pose risk for injury.

In this article, we wanted to provide important information pertaining to common mistakes made when having a new patio built. With this information, you would know what things to avoid so whether having a professional handle the installation or choosing the installation on your own, the finished patio would be perfect. After all, you want a space that is not just safe and functional, but a patio that would also enhance the overall appearance of the home.

The process to build a patio is not overly complicated but there are certain things that must be done correctly. One of the first mistakes often seen in building an outdoor concrete patio is installing the pavers on top of wet ground. Pavers are an important element of patio designs, designed to bear tremendous weight. When installed properly, pavers would last for years without any problem but when installed on wet ground, they will quickly loosen and eventually break. Obviously, pavers should always be placed on dry ground but if a mistake were made, the wet spaces could be filled with dry soil to prevent additional problems.

Another problem when laying patios is that the gap between brick or tiles is too great. When it comes to the installation of bricks and tiles, it is essential that each piece were packed into place tightly. That way, as they are walked on you know they would stay put for many years to come. The biggest problem is that if a single brick or tiles were to loosen, the entire patio’s integrity would be compromised. Additionally, even with perfect designs, if pavers have gaps on a slope, this too would alter the integrity of the patio.

Next, whenever you or the professional lay the patio material, the plan has to incorporate proper drainage. Because patios are outside where they are exposed to the elements, unless there is proper drainage then water would pool on the surface that would eventually weaken the foundation. However, if pavers were used to provide the proper amount of inclination, there would be adequate runoff without making the surface feel slanted.

Two other mistakes seen when building a patio is filling material not being used right and the edges not finished properly. First, it is imperative that the right type and amount of bonding or adhesive material be placed between the pavers to extend the life of the patio. Even if it looks like the pavers are tightly packed, filling material is still needed. Then for the edges, if not finished properly they will begin to wear down and break off. Obviously, this would affect the appearance of the patio but also cause serious problem with the strength of the structure.