How to lay garden paving

The laying paving guide

Laying a good patio is a really satisfying DiY project that you will enjoy for years to come. This page contains links to our instructional video and other helpful resources to aid you in laying your patio. Check out the video or use this PDF: Laying a patio guide

Laying a patio guide


Step 1 - Design

Here we have the 10 steps to laying your patio paving. Step 1 - Design You will need to define the function of the paving, think about the size and the shape of your patio. Choose your materials carefully consider the colour and finish think about edges, drainage, steps, manhole covers and other fittings. This is an ideal time to do planning and drawing. Remember to consider access and waste disposal

Step 2 - Check your capability

Are you physically fit to do all the digging, lifting and carrying? Have you got the tools required? It is sensible to allow plenty of time to lay the paving, as a rough guide it may take 8 weekends to lay a 50m2 patio (assuming weather is suitable)


Step 3 - Costings

It's time to get the calculator out. Remember to think about Labour, Plant hire, materials and waste disposal

Step 4 - Site clearance

Get rid of all vegetation and remove rubbish

Setting out

Step 5 - Setting out

Set out the shape of the patio and the levels using taught string

Step 6 - Drainage

This is imperative to the end product. You will need to make sure there is a gradual slope to stop pooling. Make sure the patio is sloping away from the house

Build up the layers

Step 7 - Build up the layers

The thickness of each layer will depend on the intended duty of the patio paving. Prepare the subgrade, install geotextile to separate layers, install the sub-base, install the laying course, install the flagstones, for medium or heavy duty driveways a concrete layer will be needed.

Step 8 - Pointing and grouting

Make sure your cement is fairly dry to avoid staining on the slabs.

Pointing and grouting

Step 9 - Aftercare

Remember to keep your patio paving slabs clean by washing it. Check and repoint any settled joints, clean and remove weeds. You may also wish to seal the patio paving slabs to add further protection

Step 10 - Enjoy your patio

I'm sure you don't need me to tell you how to do this!

Enjoy your patio