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3 things you need to create a beautiful patio

The patio is the normally the base of social activity in the garden.

And with summer on the way we’re all looking forward to entertaining and relaxing in our gardens more.

But is your patio in serious need of an update?

We believe there are 3 elements to creating a beautiful patio:

  • Great paving slabs
  • Good drainage
  • Excellent jointing

Paving slabs

A question we get asked a lot is “what are the best paving slabs for a patio?”.

And it all depends on the type of space you want to create and your budget.

Our branches stock a variety of paving slabs available to suit all gardens and budgets.

  • If you’re on a smaller budget, we’d recommend New Forest concrete paving slabs.
  • Sandstone paving is a great option for creating a patio with natural colours and interesting patterns.

But we’re seeing more interest in porcelain paving. Not only does it look incredible, it comes with a range of benefits including:

  • Scratch, stain and abrasion resistant
  • Slip resistant due to very low moisture absorption
  • Highly resistant to severe weather changes including heat, frost and cold

Porcelain paving doesn’t just make a great patio, it can also be laid inside too.

Read more about the benefits of porcelain paving here.

Concrete, sandstone and porcelain paving is available from your local branch.


Don't forget to think about your sub-base and whether you need primer. Talk to your local branch for more advice.

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Patio drainage

A new patio that’s underwater is no good for anyone…unless you’re a mermaid.

But which drainage is best for your patio?

If you’re not sure, check out the ACO Drainage Visualiser.

ACO Drainage visualiser - Elliotts

ACO drainage is available from our Bishop’s Waltham, Chandler’s Ford, Fareham, Southampton and Totton branches.

Jointing your patio

So you’ve got the paving and your drainage. But don’t forget…

“A good patio is only as good as its jointing”

- Said by us, April 2021

EASYJoint is an easy to use sweep-in jointing compound suitable for use with all types of paving slabs.

It’s a quick and effective way to fill joints between paving, as long as there is a gap of 3mm wide and 20mm deep.

EASYJoint is available in 5 colours from all branches.

EASYJoint colours

If you're opting for porcelain paving, you may be better off using porcelain paving grout. Speak to your local branch for more information.

Still need some patio inspiration?

Looking for patio inspiration?  We have paving slab displays at selected branches:

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