How to Build a Slate Patio


Slate is an outdoor landscaper's perfect stone. Durable and aesthetically pleasing, it highlights outdoor living spaces and is both easy and cost effective to work with. Slate patios are fairly simple to create and very versatile. Creating a slate patio is a do-it-yourself project that can come to fruition over the course of one day.

Things You'll Need

  • Slate
  • Trowel shovel and spade
  • Excavator (only if making an enormous patio)
  • Stone dust
  • Level
  • Spray paint
  • Barrel roller
  • Grout
  • Weatherproof clear sealer
  • Paint brush
  • Broom

How to Build a Slate Patio

  • Measure the area where the patio will be built. Mark the area with spray paint. Convey these measurements to a professional at your local home improvement store. Their calculations will tell you the quantities needed for each of the materials you purchase.

  • Cut along the marked area with a spade. Then, remove the sod in the enclosed area with a shovel. If this is a large job, or if the material being cut into and removed is pavement or concrete, use an excavator. It is best to hire a professional for this segment of the job, if that is the case.

  • Use a level to determine that the cut area is level. Once this step has been taken, you are ready for the work to proceed. If it isn't level, spread the dirt around with a shovel to level the area.

  • Lay the slate pieces on the patio area in the desired pattern. The slate may come one of two ways. It may be in individual pieces or may come as several pieces connected with a mesh material. Either way is okay. Pour stone dust between the pieces of slate. Compress the dust with a barrel roller. Sweep away the excess with a soft broom or clean paintbrush.

  • Apply grout between the pieces of slate. Wipe away excess with a damp rag or sponge. Then, apply a coat of weatherproof sealcoating with a paintbrush or roller. Allow to dry for six to eight hours before stepping on or putting furniture on the slate patio.

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