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3 Common Patio Mistakes To Avoid

Installing a patio at home is always a great idea, as it creates a really versatile space outside that can be used in a variety of different ways, whether you want to entertain friends and family, want to design a container garden, need space for a hot tub or something else. 

However, it’s essential that you plan and design your patio project properly so that the end result is what you had in mind, ensuring that you’re able to use your patio as you originally planned. 

To that end, here are a couple of patio mistakes that we often see crop up that you would perhaps be wise to avoid. If you need any further help or advice relating to patio installation in Cheshire, you can also always give us a call, as well. We’re always on hand to help!


Using the wrong paving material

There are so many different paving materials to choose from that it can be tricky to pick the one that’s best suited to you and your design ideas. Also factor in maintenance work and choose materials that are suited to your lifestyle. Thinking about tone and texture will also help you narrow down your options.


Forgetting about drainage

One really important aspect of patio installation is drainage. If you don’t factor this into your planning at the outset, you run the risk of flooding when it rains. Pools of water collecting on the paving can also be a risk hazard, as well as weakening the pavers themselves, leading to cracks, chips and erosion.


Getting slab size wrong

One of the most common mistakes that we often see is the use of paving slabs that are either too big or too small for the space in question. 

Of course, what kind of atmosphere you’re looking to create will have a big part to play in which size will be most appropriate, but as a good rule of thumb, using smaller paving slabs in a smaller space can make it look very crowded… but you can get around this by using oversized slabs, tricking the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it actually is.