What to Know Before Getting a Patio Installed

Hardscaping professional lays concrete pavers for patio.A well-designed patio can transform your outdoor space into a functional and aesthetically pleasing extension of your home. Whether you envision a cozy spot for morning coffee, a lively area for entertaining guests, or a peaceful retreat for relaxation, patios require thoughtful planning and professional expertise. Here’s what to know before getting a patio installed and what you can expect from the hardscapers like us. 

Assessing Your Property: Key Factors Considered by Professionals 

Before starting the installation process, we’ll conduct a thorough assessment of your property to ensure the new addition is both practical and visually harmonious. Here are several critical factors our team evaluates: 

  • Site Location and Orientation: The location of your patio is crucial for its functionality and integration with your landscape. Some things we take into consideration include sun exposure, prevailing wind directions, and proximity to the house. 
  • Soil Type and Drainage: Understanding the soil type and drainage capacity helps prevent issues like water pooling or instability. Soil testing may be conducted to assess compaction and permeability, guiding the choice of base materials and drainage solutions. 
  • Slope and Elevation: The natural slope of your yard will affect how water drains away from the patio. We’ll evaluate the gradient to design a patio that effectively manages runoff and prevents water from accumulating around your home’s foundation. 
  • Utilities and Obstructions: Locating underground utilities and other obstructions, such as tree roots, avoids potential damage and ensures safe installation. 
  • Local Regulations and Permits: As your hired contractor, we’ll handle any necessary permits to make sure the patio design complies with zoning laws and setback requirements. 

Steps to Building Your Patio: From Design to Completion 

Once the initial assessment is complete and you’ve chosen to move forward with getting a patio installed, your contractor can get to work! Here’s an overview of what to expect: 

  1. Design Consultation: The design phase aims to outline your vision, preferences, and budget. We’ll consult with you to decide on materials, layout, and features such as seating walls, fire pits, or lighting.
  2. Site Preparation: The area designated for the patio will be marked and excavated to the appropriate depth, typically 8-12 inches.
  3. Base Installation: Layers of crushed stone or gravel are compacted to create a solid foundation. This step ensures proper drainage and prevents the patio from shifting over time.
  4. Edge Restraints: Edge restraints are installed around the perimeter to maintain the shape of the patio and keep the paving materials in place.
  5. Paver or Stone Installation: The chosen pavers or stones are carefully laid in the desired pattern. Joint sand or polymeric sand is then swept into the gaps to lock the pavers in place.
  6. Compaction and Finishing: Once installed, the surface is compacted to settle the pavers and secure the joint sand. Any excess sand is brushed off, and the patio is thoroughly cleaned.
  7. Sealing and Maintenance: Applying a sealant helps protect the patio from stains, weathering, and wear. Our team will advise you on maintenance practices to keep your patio looking pristine and extend its lifespan. 

Now that you know everything that goes into preparation and the actual construction itself, you’re ready to get a patio installed! Remember that a professionally built patio not only enhances your outdoor living experience but also adds value to your property. So don’t delay—reach out to Dolan Landscaping today to get started!