Building Your Own Patio

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There are many people that want to build their own backyard patio. When you feel that you are capable of undertaking this project you have to make sure that you understand how you can go about starting and finishing this project.

The more that you plan ahead of time the easier it will be to make sure that you are capable of finishing the project. You do not want to start building the patio only to realize that you do not know how to finish it.

You also do not want to build a patio that you end up having to go back and fix. When you mess it up to the point that you have to hire a professional to come in you will have wasted a lot of time and money on your patio.

First, to make sure that your patio is going to last a long time you want to make sure that the foundation of the patio is secure and stable. You want to take the time to clear out the patio area and make sure that the ground is level and compact.

When you are going to compact the ground for a project like this you will need to rent a place compacter that is made for these types of projects. You want a machine that has been made for heavy duty projects.

If you do not make sure that the ground is compact before you start your patio may end up being crooked. Even though you have the ground leveled there can be areas of your patio that start to settle into the dirt.

When this happens and certain areas of dirt begin to compact you may notice that your patio is not level anymore. Making sure that everything is firm and compact before you even start building will save you time and money in the long run.

After you have taken the time to compact the dirt you should lay down some gravel. Four to six inches of gravel will usually be enough to make sure that the patio is able to drain away water properly from the material that makes up your patio.

The patio can also be damaged in freezing weather if you do not have that layer of gravel. This gravel will also need to be level so you want to make sure that you are constantly checking to make sure that everything you are building is level.

There are a lot of people that do not understand how useful a torpedo level can be. When you are looking for a level that you can use throughout your project the torpedo level is the level that you will want to go with.

Many people end up building a patio that is crooked. When you are building a square patio you should make sure that you find a method that works for you that will ensure that the shape of your patio stays a perfect square.

No matter what method you use, you should make sure that you are consistent. The more consistent that you are throughout the process the easier it will be to make sure that you are not going to make the big and expensive mistakes.

You should make sure that you are consistent throughout the process. It can be easy to get excited about what you are building when you first start and then it is easy to get frustrated when things are not as easy as you would have hoped.

Although you are going to run into problems you want to make sure that you stay goal oriented so that you know you are able to accomplish the patio. Making small goals and working consistently throughout the weeks will be very important.

Planning your patio work around the weather is also important. You want to make sure that you do not start your patio in the middle of the rainy season or a week before you know winter is going to roll around.

Many people also forget to plan for the covering that they will want on their patio. Covering your patio can make it more usable year round rather just when the weather is optimal for being outside.

Finding a covering for your patio that is a quality covering and also durable is important and you should not settle for less. With some effort and hard work you can build the patio that you have always been dreaming to have.
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Tom Selwick has worked as a general contractor remodeling homes for 27 years and has written hundreds of articles about roofing, awnings, siding, and remodeling Utah.

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This article was published on 2011/02/01