Laying a patio in the rain is not advisable using some installation methods, and with others, its no bother at all! Here in the UK we do get a lot of rain, so the likelihood of it raining on one of the days your patio is being installed is pretty high.
In this article I will go over the reasons why certain installation methods won’t work in the rain, and what to do to get around it.
Using a traditional cement bed, installation is not advised when it is raining, or when is about to. This is because too much water can saturate the cement. This will wash the cement content to the bottom, weakening the mix and the bond. This will significantly reduce the strength of the mix, which will effectively become sand in the long term if it is badly saturated in the wet.
Below are 4 main tips to help get around the problem:
Use an Installation Method that does not require cement
If you’re not using cement, or any mortar that requires a drying process, you can lay your paving whenever you like! A raised aluminium or pedestal system can be really beneficial for installation and drainage purposes. As there is no cement involved, the weather does not affect systems like this, making it a great system to lay for those who prefer DIY, as they can’t always spend days on end in the garden away from work, just because it is sunny.
Next up, you could just wait for the weather to pass! You will have to ensure that the area has dried out and that there is no pooling of water. However, this is only really possible in the summer – right when you will be wanting to enjoy the finished result! The reason it is much harder in the winter is that the air is much damper and cooler, meaning all surfaces will take much longer to dry out.
Use a drier mix
Using a drier mix can help retain the strength of the mortar, as the dampness of the air can help bring the mix to the correct consistency. However, this method can mean that you have an inconsistent mix throughout the area, as the weather can’t be controlled.
Cover the area
If you have a gazebo or similar, you can use this to cover your work area, keeping it dry. This will obviously prevent direct moisture and mean that you will be able to lay some paving, but water will still be able to travel along the surface. So be careful and ensure that there is no pooling further down the line.
So, in conclusion, we would recommend using a raised support system, or alternatively, ensure that your working area is dry, as to maximise the likelihood of your patio lasting as long as possible.
At OVAEDA, we can provide exactly that. You can read more about what exactly a paving subframe system is in another of our blogs here.
This article covers the main factors, benefits and disadvantages of a paving subframe method so you can decide what the best method of installation is for your paving project.
Now that you've read more about what to do when laying your patio in the rain, you may begin thinking about using a raised support system as an option for your patio. If you are wondering how these systems work, check out our YouTube Channel for helpful advice and installation videos!
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