You've likely seen how patios can transform a space and make it feel more like a home. However, it's important to not only choose the right materials for your patio but also level the ground before installing it. You may be wondering: why would I need to level my ground? There are several reasons that leveling is crucial for your patio. In this post, I will show you five of them!
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As you may know, cement is hard and durable. But if you don't level the ground before installing your patio, it could cause damage to your home. That's because when there are high spots on the surface of your foundation, water can pool beneath them, causing those areas to rot away over time. This can not only ruin the look of your new patio but also leave a hole in its place that eventually grows so large that it could lead to structural damage to your home.
Patio surfaces are often exposed to water, whether from rain or sprinklers. Most people don't realize just how much damage water can do to their patios. Water is one of the most common causes of damage and failure in the long term. That is why leveling your patio is crucial in preventing water from pooling beneath the surface, which allows moisture to seep into your patio decking and cause mold and mildew growth.
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It's also important that you ensure that your concrete or stone pavers are properly leveled because uneven surfaces will not only be an eyesore but also become unsightly over time. As they will develop cracks and chips easier due to the uneven terrain they were placed on. This will create more headaches and work in the long run due to repairs and possibly needing to start from zero when trying to repair these issues. If you have a sloped area, leveling the ground helps make sure that each side looks even with each other so that any unevenness does not stand out as much and make things look messy or unappealing to people who walk by or visit your home often.
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Finally, leveling the ground for your patio is beneficial is that it helps prevent damage to your home. The paving stones, pavers or concrete slabs used in patios can crack if there are uneven areas on which they are built. Cracks can cause water to pool under the patio which leads to mold and mildew growth. These unsightly issues could also lead to shifting in your patio's foundation as well as other problems with moisture content around your home.
By now, you should have a good idea of why you need to level the ground for your patio. If you're not sure how to level the ground, it's a good idea to consult with a contractor or landscaping professional in your area. They can help you figure out how to get started, and they'll be able to offer tips on how to make sure that everything goes smoothly. If you decide to do it yourself, you can purchase or rent the compaction equipment yourself and save money!