Essential Supplies for Your DIY Patio Build


Building a patio can be an energizing and gratifying experience that will leave you feeling proud of your accomplishment. With the right supplies, you can construct your very own outdoor sanctuary to enjoy for years. 

To get started on your project, here are a few building supplies.

Bricks and Masonry

Bricks and masonry have long been used as building materials due to their durability and strength. When constructing your patio, you should use bricks and masonry to ensure your structure lasts for years.

Bricks are made with clay which is fired in kilns at high temperatures. This process makes them extremely durable and resistant to water, fire and extreme weather conditions. Masonry consists of stones, cement, sand, gravel or brick chips held together by mortar. This strong material can be used for outdoor structures such as patios.

When building your patio, create an outline of where you want your patio design to go. Make sure the measurements are precise and the lines are cleanly drawn before beginning any construction. Once you have a plan, start laying down bricks or masonry blocks in a neat pattern according to your specifications. 

Ensure each brick or block fits tightly together with no gaps to ensure a snug fit once all pieces are assembled.

Finally, add mortar between each brick or block to secure them firmly in place and make sure they are water-resistant. To finish up, fill any gaps or cracks with masonry cement and seal everything with a waterproof sealant. Following these steps will ensure that your patio is built to last and looks great for years.

Jointing Sand 

Jointing sand is a fine, dry, almost dust-like material. It usually comprises quartz, feldspar, mica and other minerals. Jointing sand is used between bricks or blocks to keep them in place and stop water from entering the gaps.

Make sure you use the correct jointing sand for your patio build. Depending on the type of bricks or blocks you use, you may need either silica sand or masonry sand. Silica sand is a great option for most patio builds since it is durable and waterproof. Masonry sand is a better choice for especially wet climates, as it has more water-resistant properties.

Once you have settled on the jointing sand, measure the amount needed and spread it evenly across the area to be laid down. If you need to dig down deeper than usual for some areas, consider using landscape fabric or a tarp to help keep the soil and jointing sand in place.

Tamp down the jointing sand with a tamper or heavy object until it's in place as desired. Ensure all areas are as level as possible before continuing any further construction. Once you're done tamping down the jointing sand, use a mason line and level to ensure everything is straight, and there are no bumps or dips that could cause issues later on. 

Finally, add more layers of jointing sand over the top if necessary. This will give an extra support layer for stones, pavers, bricks or blocks placed over the foundation later. 


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