How to create a fall when laying a patio

When laying paving slabs, it is important to include a ‘fall’ to help water to drain off the patio.

Adding a patio to your garden can provide you with a comfortable outdoor living space. Invest in some garden furniture and some potted plants and your patio will soon become your family’s favourite place to spend time together.

Many people choose to call in the professionals to lay a patio, but if you decide to carry out the job yourself, make sure you’ve done your research and know how to give it a professional finish.

One of the most important aspects of laying a patio is the fall. Failing to include a fall in your patio design can result in problems occurring later down the line.

What is the fall?

The fall is a slight gradient that will allow water to run off your patio instead of pooling on your paving slabs or running towards your home.

Don’t worry, your patio will still appear level with a fall because the gradient used is very gradual.

How to work out and add a fall

Generally, the recommended gradient for a patio fall is 1 in 60, that’s 16mm of fall per metre of width.

When digging out the area for your patio, remember to include the fall in your calculations for how deep you need to dig.

After you have finished laying your base and it’s time to lay your paving slabs, you will need to use a spirit level to continually check that the levels and fall are correct.

Here at Beeston Reclamation we stock a range of beautiful reclaimed paving slabs perfect for your patio project. From York stone to Indian stone and Quarry tiles, view the paving slabs we currently have in stock here.