Are you needing a little summer inspiration? Today we are sharing 6 tips on how to install an Ocoee slab for your patio!
It is summer and that means BBQs almost every weekend, and afternoons spent on the patio outside with family. The worst thing is having patios that are torn apart and in bad condition. Today we are sharing how to lay down an Ocoee slab to renew the look of your patio!
Before we begin, ensure that you are wearing appropriate safety protection throughout this project. Make sure you are wearing protective gloves and long sleeves to protect your arms as wet mortar can burn exposed skin. You will need the following:
Step 1: Measure the patio
Always dry lay your patio. Measure the patio by laying out the pavings as you would like the patio to look. Make sure you get the size correct Ocoee slab size and check to make sure you have enough slabs.
TIP: If you are laying the Ocoee slabs directly next to a house, the finished patio should be at least 150mm below the damp proof course. You will need to dig out the area to a minimum depth of 300mm below the damp proof course.
Step 2: Lay the foundation
To create a firm foundation, use a concrete mix of 6 part all-in-one ballast with 1 part cement. Make sure you add enough water to moisten the mixture too. Cover the entire area with the mix, and level it out with a shovel and tamp down using a length of timber.
Step 3: Mortar the bed
Lay the Ocoee slabs on a full mortar bed, which should support the whole slab, not just the corners. Use a mortar mix of 6 parts sharp sand to 1 part cement. Mix together well.
Step 4: Lay the paving
Start from the corner and work your way from there. Spread out the mortar mix to cover an area a little bit larger than the paving slab. Lift and lower the slab into place carefully.
Using the rubber mallet, start to tap it down. Hit the paver firmly, at a point that is midway between the center of the paving slab, and each imaginary corner. Move around the paving, until the flag settles down to the correct level. Once laid out, the patio should be left around 24 hours to allow the bedding mortar to harden.
Make sure to use the spirit level to make sure everything is evened out, and good to place down.
TIP: Do not walk on it!
Step 5: Joint the paving
Use a mortar mix of 3 part soft building sand and 1 part cement and mix it slowly adding a little water to make it level. With a shovel, press down on the mortar mix into the joints, making sure it is smooth. Even if you notice mortar mix residue on the floor it is best to leave it untouched for a few hours until it has started to harden.
Step 6: Clean up
Once the mortar mix has hardened all you need to do is give the patio a good sweep. And then decorate as you wish.
We hope these tips will help you get prepared for the many summer parties you will have in your home. We consider ourselves experts in the residential landscaping, sod, and tree stump grinding business. Contact us here.