Patios Design and Build
Patios have become an essential ingredient in any garden, providing a place to entertain, dine and relax. They often form the transitional area between house and garden, so should be hardwearing, attractive and use sympathetic materials that will blend with their surroundings.
Three things you should consider when choosing what material to use are, its appearance, whether it will be a practical choice of surface and the cost.
The appearance of the finished patio is often the first priority for many people. There are many choices of material available now, including natural stone flags, man-made slabs, slate pavers, bricks, crazy paving, concrete pavers and granite setts.
All of these are also available in a wide variety of colours and surface finishes too, making the choice even more difficult! But try to choose materials that will complement the style and age of your house. Often, a combination of two materials can look great.
The surface must be a practical choice, a textured finish would be sensible if children or the elderly often use the garden, or if the patio is in a shady spot, especially under trees.
How much your patio will cost to install depends on many factors. You will always have to prepare a base for any product, and this cost will remain constant. The price of each unit of paving will vary according to the quality of the product.
Natural stone is the most hardwearing and will look good the longest, so will be most expensive, whereas your local DIY supplier may have cheap precast concrete slabs, but they may break easily when laying and colours will fade with time.
Brick or Block paving can be used anywhere. They look great on drives and pathways and will provide many years of use.
Blocks or bricks can be used to great effect as paths, or patios, or mixed with other paving types to create a unique feature. They are a great alternative to the more traditional asphalt or macadam surfacing, and look a lot better than tarmacadam or plain concrete. Let us help you choose from a large range of materials, shapes and colours, the design ideas are limitless so you choose and we lay the blocks to your specification.
There are two laying methods commonly used. The most popular is termed 'flexible paving', indicating that the blocks or bricks are laid on a sand bed and the joints filled with a fine silica sand.
The second method is Rigid paving, usually, clay bricks laid on a concrete or mortar bed with mortar joints, this type of brick paving uses completely different construction methods. Below is a small selection of colours, please ask us for more details.
Precise colours and surface textures should be judged from actual samples provided by Gray & Sons.
Fencing and Decking
We provide high quality fencing and decking throughout the North East. We can accomodate all fencing and decking projects big and small. Our prices for fencing and decking are very competitive and our workmanship from design to completion is first class..
Choose from a wide range of fencing including :
Close board Fencing Services
Close board fences offer a robust fence which has no gaps to offer more privacy.
Panel Fencing Services
Fencing panels are made to suit different budgets, and consequently have different attributes.
Palisade Fencing Services
Palisade fences, also known as picket fences, are used when an unobtrusive fencing solution is required.
Post and Rail Services
Post and rail is a generic term usually used to describe any fencing system comprising of solid timber rails.
We can help you choose the perfect stain colour to complement your garden surroundings.
Metal or wrought iron fences can be ordered and erected by our experienced team, along with stone or brick walling.
Timber garden decking is the perfect solution if you have a difficult garden with slopes, large drops uneven surfaces or wet areas as well as a great makeover to existing surfaces to create an ideal area with minimum upkeep. Perfect for entertaining We have extensive experience in garden decking either as single projects or as part of a full garden design. Contact us about how we can transform your outside space.
Lawn laying and Care
We can provide you with a top quality newly laid lawn or repair and maintain your existing lawn or turf.
Our recommended turf installers provide a weed-free quality guarantee so you can be confident you are buying top quality turf.
We aim to offer an exceptional service including Lawn Mowing and Lawn Cutting, Grass Cutting, Hedge Trimming, Hedge Cutting and Pruning, Garden Clearance and Garden tidy ups.
Over time brick or paving can build up a layer of moss and dirt that can be slippery when wet. Particular in damp corners or under trees. The only effective solution is jet washing or pressure washing the paving or driveway.
Gray & Sons have a dedicated team who can take on any groundwork jobs . Our team are highly skilled and experienced. We have all the equipment and vehicles necessary, to take on a wide range of jobs in all areas of groundworks.