Patio Floor: How to Put Your Name on It

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If you want to build a patio, or if your old patio has seen better days and is ready to undergo a makeover, the best thing you can do is start from the floor. In this guide, you will learn about what flooring options you have, the process of putting it up, the maintenance costs and the time needed for each project.


Wood decking

Wooden decks can fit in with any style of home because of their timeless look. If you opt for this material, we advise hiring a professional, but you could pull it off yourself if you’re a seasoned DIY-er. The way to do this is to install a ledger that will connect the deck to the house, then you should set beams and joists on the concrete piers and finish off with decking laid on top. One thing you must keep in mind is that wood requires a little more upkeep than other materials on this list, but there are some composite decking options if you’re not a fan of regular maintenance.


Deck tiles

There’s an innovative material on the market that is designed to be easy to use and maintain. Deck tiles can be easily snapped together and you can create a new deck practically anywhere. They are also perfect for quick cover-ups without much effort. You can do this project yourself during one or two weekends, depending on the type of tiles you’re using. 

Brick

Another charming and timeless option for your patio is brick. Depending on the method of brick laying, you can do this project on your own or hire a pro. If you choose a dry-laid method, you can finish your patio during a few weekends. You need to dig and level the ground first, and then build a wooden frame that will keep your bricks tightly together. Finish off with fitting the bricks within the frame. This method is not only easy, but it also allows you to replace any broken bricks. However, if you want something that’s going to look perfect and last for a long time, then better hire professionals to build you a mortared brick patio. 


Concrete

Concrete is probably the most common material for patios because it looks modern, and it’s both durable and easy to maintain. If you don’t have any prior experience working with concrete, better hire a professional for this project, but if you know what you’re doing, you can DIY. The preparations are the same as for bricks: digging and leveling. Then you must put some barriers that will determine the shape of the patio. Next comes the filler, followed by concrete. Finally, you need to level and coat the surface. Choose one of those premium concrete floor sealers if you expect a lot of water and other spillage. 


Stone

If you’re aiming for a more natural look, you can choose stone for your patio. There are different types from which you can choose, such as bluestone or flagstone. If you go for bluestone, it’s best to hire a pro, because bluestone can be extremely heavy and tricky to position properly. On the other hand, if you choose flagstone, you can do everything yourself by putting stone pieces together like a puzzle and sealing the gaps with sand, gravel or ground-cover plants. 


Rubber floor tiles

This is a very versatile and practical patio flooring option. Rubber tiles are not only cheap, but also super easy to install. It’s also great for rainy climates because it’s slip-resistant and easy to maintain. However, one of the problems with rubber tiles is durability. They are known to wear in the sun and cannot really handle very harsh environments unlike concrete or stone.

The only thing left for you is to choose your material and start the project. No matter which type you choose, you will end up with a beautiful patio for you and your family to enjoy.

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