When the weather outside is frightful, it’s hard to imagine using and enjoying your patio. However, if it’s a problem area for you, now is a great time to think about redoing it. Curl up by the fire, dream of sunnier days and get ahead so that when the good weather comes, you’ll be ready to enjoy it.
Creating Your Dream Patio
An extension of your living space, patios should be pleasant, welcoming and relaxing. Sadly, many are awkwardly shaped, overlooked or in shadow. Fortunately, refreshing or replacing a patio is an easy job to do – there are no walls to build, no windows to put in, and little mess.
Refreshing or extending an existing patio is typically simple. You can upgrade the look immediately by selecting new stone tiling, or extend the space with a complementary border. Plain stones are often easy to match, although the weathering pattern on old stone can make new stone stand out for a season or two.
At Surrey Marble and Granite, we provide stone tiling for indoor and outdoor use. As we are professional stonecutters, we can trim and finish stone slabs in our workshop, so almost any stone in our range can be finished for outdoor use. This means that you get much more choice, and a chance to create the look you really want.
Does Your Patio Need Some Urgent Care?
Tree roots and shrubs can push up and break paving slabs, run off and melting snow can leave dirty marks, and rotting leaves can hide in the most inaccessible corners. By the time winter has finally left, most patios need a bit of TLC. Fortunately, stone is incredibly durable and can withstand the wind and rain without permanent damage. Cleaning stone paving is simple, too. Water and a stiff brush will deal with light dirt, or you can hire a pressure washer to handle tougher build up or larger patios.
It’s particularly important that your patio is level and drains well. Stone tiles that are askew can be easily cracked or broken, and may be a sign of subsidence. Poor drainage can result in water running into your home or collecting under the foundation and causing weaknesses.
Why Start Now?
Everything has a season, and outdoor stone tiles are most popular in June and July. So why are we suggesting you start planning now?
• Gives you time to consider all the options
• Beat the rush when you order
• Get the best price and get your work done first
• Your patio will be ready and sparkling when you’re ready to use it
Outdoor work like this is best done in late spring, when the weather is dry and the ground is soft. As this gives you a short window between the end of winter and when you want to use the patio, it’s best to have a clear plan in place, and all your stone tiles ordered ready for a quick and easy refurb.