Repairing an existing patio is far more cost effective than having it replaced. Especially if most of the patio area is still in good general order. A patio that’s been put down by professionals and is laid on full bed of mortar should look after you for many years. However, from time to time, you may need to clean up and repair your paving to keep it looking good. Whether you’re carrying out patio maintenance yourself, or someone is doing it for you, here is some helpful advice.
Clean before your repair
Often a patio needs a clean to see what state it is in and whether it needs repairing. For home owners in Surrey and Hampshire patio cleaning is typically a job for the Spring! Firstly sweep the area of garden material. You can clean a patio by applying water directly under pressure to blast away surface mould, algae and discoloration. Or you can apply a patio cleaning product which is then rinsed off with a stiff brush. This means less agitation or jet washing and can be better suited to soft natural stones.
All slabs weaken over time with cleaning but more particularly weathering from previous years. Take care around joints and edges particularly when cleaning to avoid damage and prolong the life of your patio. Even if you’re careful, you might still need to lift and relay damaged slabs.
How do I match my existing patio slabs?
A common concern when replacing slabs is matching them like-for-like (colour, size, material etc). Matching is easy if you have the name of the slab. But often that’s not the case, especially if you weren’t the person who arranged laying the original patio. At Kebur we can help you find a close match if you’re able to bring a sample in to us. It may be because of time gone by, or availability, that an exact match isn’t possible. However, in our experience, a close match won’t be too visible and even less so after a period of natural weathering.
How do I repair my patio paving?
Remove the area of paving to be replaced. Take care and use suitable goggles and gloves if you’re chipping around a slab to remove or lift it.
Lift the slab out, being careful not to chip or damage any surrounding slabs. A good tip is to place an off-cut of timber under the lifting spade before raising it to protect nearby slabs.
Remove all the old jointing compound (or if laid on sand, level off and add replacement sand). Replace with the same material for the most seamless look.
If you want to extend the lifespan of your jointing compound, you have a number of number of grouting options available. Two-part epoxy resins are the most durable option and last up to 10 years. These are a mix of sand-based aggregates and a resin which hardens the aggregate. It becomes very tough and will stand up to being jet washed time after time.
We can help you choose replacement slabs to repair your paving and jointing compounds to suit your needs. Just contact us or visit our shop.