If you are doing installation work on a bluestone patio, then you should keep in mind that going back and fixing mistakes can sometimes be more expensive and take more time than the project in the first place. This is particularly true when you lay tile for a patio. This can be especially painstaking if you have to go back and fix mistakes on bluestone patio tile. This article will cover what mistakes are typically made when installing bluestone and how to avoid them.
Watch out for plants
If you're going to install a bluestone patio in your backyard, then you want to make sure that there aren't any plants growing underneath your tiles. The reason for this is the fact that plants will continue to grow around their surroundings, and if you have plants that have not been uprooted, then they're eventually going to grow through your tile and make unsightly cracks. To prevent this, make sure that you uproot any plants that you see growing and then spray the area with plant killer. This will make sure that any seeds already in the ground do not develop into plants.
Choose the appropriate size tile
Choosing the right tile for your backyard bluestone patio is going to depend entirely on the yard. The reason that choosing the size of the tile is so important is because of the fact that too large of tiles will clash with a smaller yard and make the tiles appear as if they don't belong there. Measure your yard and decide what kind of tiles would work for that amount of space.
Trim the grout
This is a mistake that many people make when they are installing new tile patios on their yards. If you are going to grout the tiles that you are placing, then you want to make sure that you wipe the excess grout off while the grout is still wet. If the grout dries with the excess still protruding, then your patio is going to look half finished and unprofessional. Wiping off excess grout before it dries will create an even professional look for your patio.
Dig an appropriate hole
Bluestone is heavy, and over time, it is going to sink into the ground. When you first put in your bluestone patio, you want to make sure that you dig an appropriate hole to set the bluestone in. If you do not dig a hole to place your bluestone in, it will eventually sink and become an unsightly indentation in your yard.
Compact the ground
As mentioned earlier bluestone is heavy and prone to sinking. In order to further prevent this sinking, what you want to do is compact the area where you dug your hole. Use both your shovel and the mallet to compact the earth to the point that the bluestone will not sink into it.