Building an Outdoor Patio with Limestone Slab
Limestone slab is a famous idea for building outdoor patio in your house. Homeowners nowadays not only want their interiors to be top of the line but also want their exteriors to be creatively beautiful and aesthetically fresh. Due to this trend, limestone patios have gained popularity as they look elegantly natural, give a rusty look and provide a subtle air of distinction around your swimming pool, back yard or entrance etc while adding to the value of your house significantly.
Below are some of the tips you can use to build your outdoor patio with limestone slab.
Understand the Features of Limestone
Limestone is a very durable flooring material which has been used pretty vastly in the history of civilization. Limestone slabs aren’t only hard, durable and easily accessible but also relatively economical compared to the exquisite look they offer and absorb more cold too. Moreover, their maintenance cost is low and the variety of textures, shapes and colors is diverse too. Limestone slabs are an excellent idea if these are the specifications you require. However, alternatives like granite, sandstone, marble, concrete etc could also be considered.
Be Prepared for the Project
Preparation and planning is, needless to say, the bottom-line of every project. Building your outdoor patio with limestone slabs is a moderately challenging job but it nonetheless requires a considerable amount of physical labor and so, you should be ready with tools to protect your body (like back support jacket, gloves, dust mask etc) against any possible injury and keep all the tools you will require handy (like a flat shovel, spade, a roll, wooden stakes, knife, twine, tape measure, string, sand, garden hose). Also, it is important to propose and measure the dimensions of the patio required as the number of limestone slabs purchased will depend on their chosen size and the proposed dimensions. Furthermore, a particular pattern needs to be set and used to assure that the size, thickness and shape of the limestone slabs match one another.
Creating the Bed Right
Excavation of approximately 20-30 centimeters is considered ideal for an outdoor patio construction. However, care must be taken to fill it with concrete sand instead of crushed limestone screening as it has comparatively larger particles that enable good draining as well as a better compact feeling. Also note that the depth of the sand depends precisely on the draining capability of the underlying soil of the patio.
Flatness of the Area
It is conclusively essential for the area where the patio is to be constructed to be as even as possible. Uneven ground will not only affect the visual appeal of your patio but also require more sand to fill in the troughs or depressions present. Don’t also forget to scrape an approximately 2.5 centimeters around the base to compensate for minor fluctuations in the ground. Staggered joints instead of aligned joints should be preferred for this project as they support the structure better allowing less movement and less deterioration.