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    • Matt19849
    • By Matt19849 8th May 18, 11:03 AM
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    Advice on new patio
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    • 8th May 18, 11:03 AM
    Advice on new patio 8th May 18 at 11:03 AM

    I am currently digging out 46m2 for our new patio and have a couple of questions I was hoping to find answers to
    • I was looking at a 50mm sub base of Type 1, is there a difference between Type 1 Limestone or Type 1 concrete or should I be looking at something else?
    • Because this patio is up against our house I'm very reluctant to use a vibrating wacker plate because we have a 650 litre aquarium against the wall and can't risk that cracking from the vibrations. Would a manual type wacker plate or roller (the ones you put water in) work just as well?
    • We are going with 20mm thick porcelain slabs, has anyone had any experience with Eterno Ivica Star.T Thin Pedestal Paving Support Pad or anything similar?
      (I would post a link but i'm a new user and not allowed sorry!

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    • Matt19849
    • By Matt19849 9th May 18, 7:18 PM
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    We chose porcelain as our first option because it was the colour / finish we wanted. We then had quotes back and basically (steering clear of the plastic support system) were advised you need to lay the slabs a bit like you were laying them inside, so putting down a concrete base / floor then applying the slabs on top like tiling a floor (that's a very rough method overview) The quotes came back as expensive because it is in effect more like laying two patios with the two step process (the concrete base which needs to be level - and dry, then the slabs)

    We were, by in large talked out of using porcelain by the contractor we chose who could do other aspects of the job other contractors couldn't but he had never laid porcelain before, wasn't overly happy doing it and it was looking very costly - so we went with sandstone as giving a similar look / finish to what we wanted.

    Overall the sandstone slabs do look good - but knowing what we know now, we would not be led by a contractor like that again and in hindsight, should have gone with the company happy to lay our original choice.

    Incidentally I tried the particular porcelain slabs outside at the showroom on a wet day with Ugg boots on ... the ones we tried were definitely not slippy.
    Originally posted by kerri gt
    Thanks for this, the ones we've been looking at are outdoor slabs and have the non slip surface to them so in theory they shouldn't be slippy at all. We have porcelain tiles in our walk in shower and they aren't slippy in the slightest when wet.

    Do you remember the thickness of the porcelain you were looking at? The ones we are considering are 20mm thick, i'm wondering if it would be the same process for laying them (level concrete base etc)
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 9th May 18, 7:23 PM
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    kerri gt
    I think the ones we looked at were 20mm I recall. I think that is pretty standard for porcelain exterior slabs.
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