Are you thinking about putting down a new patio in your backyard?
Would you like something that looks a little different than the traditional concrete slab or brick style patios?
Have you ever considered trying sandstone tiles, or Indian sandstone, for your patio laying needs?
If so, you’re in luck! Below, we’ve got all the information you need to learn a bout how to lay a sandstone patio in your own backyard. Whether you’re new at patio laying or you’ve done this several times before, you should have no trouble completing this project effectively.
Sandstone is a great material for patios for a few reasons. Here are some of our favorites:
Whichever reason inspires you to lay a sandstone patio, you’re sure to love the end result. So let’s get started putting that patio in place right away!
- 1To begin laying your sandstone patio, you’ll first need to level the ground where you’re going to place your patio.
- 2First, start by putting down stakes and guidelines around the perimeter of the patio space. Use a level to ensure everything is straight and even.
- 3Adjust the guidelines so that there is a slight incline away from your house. This should not be too noticeable when you’re actually standing or walking on the patio space, but it should be enough to prevent water from pooling around the base of your house when it rains.
- 4Use a square spade to dig out the soil in the area where you want to place the patio. This step may take a while, but go slowly and ensure you get the ground level during this step.
- 5Use a level to make sure everything is evenly dug out to a depth of about six inches below the height of the guidelines you have laid.
- 6Pour all-purpose gravel to a depth of about five inches below your guidelines. Spread it out very evenly and check with your level.
- 7Use a tamper to press the gravel down to a depth of four inches.
- 8Gather your pieces of sandstone and determine the pattern in which you want to lay them out. If they’re all the same shape and size this should not be too difficult, but if you’ve opted for a more unique mis-matched style, you may want to take some time planning this stage. For this reason, it’s important not to spread your cement yet.
- 9Spread your dry cement out evenly over the gravel. Use a 2x4 piece of wood to spread it and pack it down so that it’s even and thoroughly covering your gravel space.
- 10Lay the sandstone pieces on top of your sand and tamp down so that everything is even and in place where you want it. Work from the outside in for best results.
- 11Spread industrial sand in between any cracks left surrounding your sandstone tiles and around the outside of the patio.
- 12Spray the patio with water gently to encourage the sand and cement to pack into place. Check the level of the stones during this stage and adjust as needed.
- 13Let your patio stand for a couple of days before you walk on it or put any furniture on it.
- 14Spray the patio with water gently to encourage the sand and cement to pack into place. Check the level of the stones during this stage and adjust as needed.
- 15Congratulations! You now have a beautiful sandstone patio just ready and waiting for you to use it.
Do you feel confident in your ability to install a sandstone patio in your backyard? This can be a slightly more challenging endeavor than installing a concrete slab patio, but the end result is a beautiful and very timeless style that is sure to make any home pop with its new outdoor space. Sandstone is a very durable type of type that provides a different take on the classic patio by offering lighter colors and more rustic inspirations than some other patio material options. If you choose to go this route, you’re sure to love the end results.
Now that your patio is installed, you may be curious about how to keep it clean and well-maintained. Here are three tips to help you get started:
Note: Be absolutely certain no animals or children walk on or come into contact with the patio while there is bleach sitting on it. Bleaching your patio is a great way to get rid of moss and algae that likes to grow on sandstone, but it can be very dangerous to children and pets.
Note: Don’t forget that you can always simply wash off your patio with a garden hose if it’s lightly dirty. Doing this regularly enough can be a great way to encourage your patio space to remain looking great and functioning properly without needing more thorough deep cleans or cleaning with harsher chemicals too often.
Keep these tips in mind to get as much life as possible out of your sandstone patio. With the right attention to maintenance and upkeep, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying your patio along with your friends and family for many years to come.