Building a Patio? Questions to Consider

A properly constructed patio can provide an excellent outdoor space for family gatherings. Here are some quick answers to questions that are likely on your mind when deciding whether or not to have a patio constructed.

1. Is a patio really necessary?

You will certainly be able to enjoy added benefits and convenience if you choose to have a patio constructed. For example, when the weather is warm, you can sit out on the deck or patio in your garden and enjoy the cool breeze off of it. You'll also be able to see the garden much better when you're seated outside than when you're inside so you will experience much more enjoyment from it.

3. What about materials?

You'll need to decide on some basic materials for your patio before construction begins, like what type of finishing material you'd like on it (maybe brick, slate, flagstone etc.) and whether you want a wooden deck or a concrete one. No matter what you choose, however, be sure that the material has a good sealant applied after construction so that it can keep its colour well and resist damage from sunlight or from being walked on.

4. How big should the patio be?

It's a good idea to think ahead about how much space you need for your patio and how it will be used. You'll want to give enough space for people to walk around comfortably. It's also a good idea to leave enough space between the patio and the house so that any water that does seep in drains harmlessly away so you don't get puddles or pooling water on the patio.

5. What about privacy?

If you're planning to have a patio built in front of the house, consider how much privacy you want. If you want privacy, consider putting shrubs or other greenery between the patio and the house to create a privacy barrier.

6. When does it need to be built?

You should make sure the weather is favourable to construction when you go ahead with your plans. You can also wait until after it gets too cold for weeds to grow because they will always need to be removed before construction begins on any kind of permanent outdoor space like a patio.

If you would like to find out more, you should contact a patio builder today. They will be happy to offer you further help and assistance.