Sherrie Carpenter. Patio. January 19th , 2018.
Delaware Landscaping - How to Build a Hardscape Patio: This article provides an overview of the process used in creating a hardscape brick paver patio. The basic supplies needed include the selected pavers, crushed stone, paver base, long 1 inch conduit pipes, leveling board, and edge restraints. Tools needed include a compactor, cutoff saw, shovels, etc. We explain the basic steps, giving some basic knowledge that is useful if selecting a contractor to do the \"heavy lifting,\" so you'll know what questions to ask. The discussion is based on Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) standards that should be used by any dependable contractor.
At last, you can start laying pavers in place. When all have been placed, the cutting in process may be started if needed, using a cutoff saw. Paver edge restraint and soldier course should be added to prevent spreading and a layer of joint sand employed, which is to be swept into the cracks. Polymeric sand is suggested, which will harden after it has been added. Although not mandatory, this is a good idea to curtail insects \"moving\" the joint sand and week growth in the cracks in the patio.
Arches and pergolas which are made with lattice tops and sides can provide support for climbing plants and vines. You can plant a climber such as a trumpet vine or honeysuckle at the base to create a landscape with a beautiful focal point.
Then we come to an electric powered patio heater. And within this type, you have a number of different choices to also make. There are electric patio heaters that can plug directly into an outlet (but not many, unless that outlet is dedicated just for this). When it is evident that the style and power needed is more than what can be plugged in, you have to consider the cost to have an electrician run wiring just for the patio heater. And with this type, you can also be strapped to where it can be placed to provide the heat you are looking for. Some are ceiling (or rafter) mounted and their base allows for some movement to direct heat to a specific spot.
Finally, comes the best (or worse) part of this decision. Style and quality. You only get what you pay for, I don’t care what that sales person says. Styles are abundant and can be even a central point for your patio, but you will pay a little more for that. Quality to me is king. Why purchase something I am going to need to replace soon and then have to pay even more for. I would rather put off getting one for a time to have the money needed to get the right one, then pay now and later and possibly even not have enough power to provide the heat I am looking for anyway.
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