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How To Repoint A Patio: Step By Step Guide

How To Repoint A Patio

Small patio or big patio, there’s a lot that you can do to turn the space into the highlight of your garden. From fire pits to creative planters, a patio can be dressed any way you want to create a beautiful garden feature -  but the finish depends on the quality of your patio surfacing.  

Between the slow-to-appear but serious damage that erosion causes, to ground movement and physical damage, there is a lot that can ruin the structure of your patio. Often, it’s the joints that are the first to suffer the effects of time. 

Repointing a patio is something that needs to be done every so often in paved patio surfaces. It involves removing and refilling the cement between the joints of the slabs.

The task can be time-consuming, but with our guide to how to repoint a patio on hand to help, the project shouldn’t be too difficult!

Your Three-Step Guide to Repointing a Patio

To repoint your patio successfully, you’ll need the right equipment. Before you begin, you should make sure that you have:

•    A plugging chisel
•    A lump hammer
•    A bolster
•    A brush
•    A hose pipe
•    Patio pointing mix

How To Repoint A Patio

One you’ve removed all the existing pointing, the next step is to clean the joints thoroughly. This can be done by using a stiff-bristled brush to scrape out the debris and using a hose pipe to lightly rinse the joints

Step One: Remove the Existing Pointing

The first step of rejointing a patio involves the removal of the existing pointing material, this is normally the most time-consuming part of the project. All the old pointing material will need to be removed before you can re-fill the area. 

To remove the pointing, use the plugging chisel in the hard to reach areas of the joints and the lump hammer and bolster to loosen the majority of the existing pointing. Depending on the quality of the pointing, this may be easy or difficult. 

Step Two: Clean the Residue

One you’ve removed all the existing pointing, the next step is to clean the joints thoroughly. This can be done by using a stiff-bristled brush to scrape out the debris and using a hose pipe to lightly rinse the joints. 

When you’ve finished, the joints should be completely clean and free of debris. Once clean, you can move on to the final step of the repointing process. 

Step Three: Fill in the Joints

The last step of repointing is to fill in the joints; this is normally done with a dry mixture of cement and sand, which is left to harden. 

The mortar mixture used will vary between patio types, but for a successful finish, it’s important that you get the right combination of mortar.

There are quite a few types of mortar to choose from, but the majority of patios will require a simple 1:1 ratio of sand and cement. 

To finish the repointing, use a brush to fill the joints of your patio with the dry mixture. Make sure this is pressed down to avoid any gaps. All the joints should be filled, and your patio should be left until the pointing has slowly finished hardening. 

How To Repoint A Patio

Resin patios are available in a range of styles from bold and modern to traditional and subtle stone mixtures – you can create any kind of finish you want!

How to Never Repoint a Patio Again (Yes, Really!) 

Whilst a paved patio has a certain type of charm, it can be a hassle to maintain, especially when it comes to the big jobs like repointing. Whether you repoint yourself or hire a professional to do it for you, the task is undeniably a time-consuming one.

With a simple change of patio surface, you could reduce your maintenance requirements substantially, and find yourself in the enviable position of never having to repoint again. 

How? Well, the secret lies in a resin bound patio surface. 

The popular driveway material is ideal for patio use, due to its strength, longevity, and attractive aesthetic appeal. The combination of aggregate and resin creates a smooth surface with no joints to fill, no room for weeds to break through, and no worry over other surface damage like cracks.  

Overall maintenance is reduced and all those big jobs, like repointing, are completely eliminated. The change in surface material also doesn’t mean a compromise has to be made on style. 

Resin patios are available in a range of styles from bold and modern to traditional and subtle stone mixtures – you can create any kind of finish you want!

To avoid significant regular maintenance and enjoy a surface that is strong, good-looking, and durable, resin is an outstanding option.

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