Stone flag Patio Skipton
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Its not often we get to work with a stone flag patio of this quality! Some being over 5 inch thick and were extreme heavy. They came for a old quarry the house was next to. Moving the stone flags was no east task but with a few extra hands it was worth the effort. Firstly a base was dug out to a depth of around 10 to 12 inch. As there was a lot of weight in the flags and there was a good chance horses would be on them it had to be a solid base. A generous layer of MOT was laid to the depth of about 10 inch so the patio sat up a little from the surrounding turf. The hardcore was levelled and tamped down with a whacker plate.
Lifting the flags was nothing short of back breaking, and half way through we were informed a previous builders had turned down the job due to the weight. undeterred we cracked on anyway. A screed of grit sand was laid and the flags were very slowly moved. The is a run off to the middle of the patio from both sided to allow water to drain down the middle. weather we are working with a stone flag patio of this size or smaller indian flags we will always lay the flags on a full screed of grit sand. many builders will use a 5 spot technique. Personally we think this is bad practice and we never use this method.
Once the grit sand had set we pointed the patio wit a 3 to 1 mix with black mortar dye. I suggested using this to make a bit of a statement almost framing each flag. At the time it was a heavy job to do but looking at the finished product it was well worth it and in keeping with the rest of the property.
TF Building is a Skipton based Landscaping company. please call us on 07985711011 if you would like estimate on any projects. We can give you ideas that you might not of thought of and arise you what can be achieved with a stone flag patio.