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Tile Installation Atlanta


A Blank Slate Patio

I will give you a piece of advice. If you live in Atlanta, or anywhere South of the Mason-Dixon Line, wood is out, slate is in. This is as much a matter of preference as of practicality. You see, I spent most of my adult life in New England, blissfully unaware of one of man’s worst enemies.




What is a termite? Well, if you’re a New Englander like me, you probably imagine a small insect with no brain who, like the common gnat, lives peacefully (for the most part) with humans. I will tell you now. You couldn’t be more mistaken. Termites and humans cannot peacefully coexist. How could we befriend a foe who spends their entire lives making human lives more difficult? We can’t. Humans and Termites are mortal enemies.


I found this out the hard way. In Spring of ’09 I bought a beautiful brick home with a wooden deck overlooking a golf course. I imagined summers on that patio filled with cookouts with the guys and quiet evenings with my wife and two glasses of wine. Fancy my surprise when one day, I stepped outside and my foot went through the boards. Well, not all the way, but enough to make me wonder about the state of my patio. I do my best to fix things that are hazardous to my health.


I called out an inspector, who gave the news I had never anticipated. Termites. He spoke the word like it was a major illness, which, for my home, I suppose in a way it was. Apparently, the area around my house had been infested with drywood termites who had made several thousand meals of my wood patio. I could’ve cried. But I’m a man, so I didn’t.


Instead, I did something about it. Through a series of methods I don’t care to divulge, I got rid of it - but not without knowing how to replace it with something amazing.


A Discovery of Slate


So you ask me, what is better than a backyard patio? Very few things, my friend. But the best kind of patio, I have discovered, is a slate patio. There’s something about slate tile that’s classy - and not in a ladies only “Southern Living” kind of way, but in a way that’s perfect for late evening cookouts with copious amounts of decent beer and great friends.


Not only that, slate is easy to install, incredibly low maintenance, and most importantly, completely impervious to termites. Within a week I had cleared the area, marked and leveled it, secured the patio frame, and added the base gravel. Then, I called up an Atlanta tile company and had them take over. They poured the concrete, cut the tiles to size, and mortared and laid the slate. These things fascinate me so I stood by and watched as my beautiful patio was created.


Everything took a week, that’s it. It would’ve been faster but I work full time. So now, I can sit out in the evening on my brand new, slate patio and never ever have to worry about termites again. Sound like paradise to you? You’re absolutely right it is.

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