STEP 1. Planning
It is always important to first plan out your project taking into account the proposed application of the paving surface, how the area will be used, and the size of the patio area that will be covered. Smaller areas often work better with smaller modular tile units or if wanting to achieve a traditional pattern, tiles that have a fixed width with random lengths can be effective.
We recommended a minimum 10% wastage is considered when ordering your tiles for cuts, and when using natural stone, to also allow for the rejection of some tiles where shade or markings are deemed to be aesthetically unsuitable. It is also worth keeping a few spares for repairs.
It can also be helpful to dry lay the paving in sections first to ensure the most effective use of the pattern you have chosen and minimise where possible small cuts. This also allows you to mix the tiles to ensure uniformity of fluctuations in shade and tile markings.
When implementing the installation, ensure you have the correct tools, adhesives and grouts, and where appropriate sealing/ impregnator products to give added protection to your finished surface covering.
It is imperative that personal protective equipment is worn and extra care taken when using power tools designed to cut tiles and paving. This means gloves, safety goggles/glasses, dust masks, and knee pads should be worn, and on any project, be aware of all manufacturer’s instructions and safety advice.