Making the decision to install brick patios around your business or home is a great idea. Why? Well, not only because of the durability of the material, but also because of the long-term benefits of having a patio in general. While brick is a strong, weather-resistant material, a patio enhances your outdoor space while maximizing the functionality. However, the installation process can be tricky if not experienced in masonry.
The first step to installing any patio is leveling the ground. By doing so, you’re ensuring that the patio lies perfectly flat. However, if your yard requires significant leveling, hiring a professional team of masonry contractors often proves the best path. Professionals have access to heavy equipment, such as a backhoe, to quickly and efficiently dig and level the ground.
The backhoe is not only essential for proper leveling, but also for excavating. What many DIYers don’t’ realize is that it is necessary to excavate eight to ten inches below grade. This depth allows sufficient room for dense gravel to be laid down for support. After the gravel is in place, an inch of stone dust is added and then compacted into the gravel.
The final step in the process of creating a brick patio is layering. With several options for simple or complex designs, this step, again, is best left for a team of experienced professionals. Be sure to check back to our blog frequently as our next article will highlight several common methods of brick-laying techniques.
The benefits that come from brick patios are endless. From an enhanced outdoor living space to a classic outdoor area for your employees to enjoy on break, our team at Cataldo Landscaping is here to make your visions come to life. For more information on how we can assist in transforming your outdoor living area, contact our team today at (781) 304-8900.