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A few helpful tips to pave like a pro!

09.09 2015
A few helpful tips to pave like a pro!

1. PLANNING

  • Its always a good idea to grab a pen and paper and draw a plan of the area you intend to pave.
  • Work out your levels to allow for storm water run off. Good drainage is essential.
  • Make sure the area is flat and reasonably compact.

2. MATERIALS 

  • Calculate the area accurately so the quatity ordered is correct. 
  • Remember the calculation to work out the area to be paved is LENGTH x WIDTH.
  • As a general rule, add an extra 10% to your order to allow for wastage when cutting in and damaged pavers within the order.
  • If you need to bring in sand to fill the area beforehand, the calculation is LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT.

3. PREPARING THE SITE

  • When paving up against a house, always slope the paving away to allow for water run off.
  • Even out the top layer of sand (preferably yellow sand) using a vibrating plate compactor. 

4. LAYING 

  • Begin laying pavers from one corner or a fixed object. Try and pick a spot that will give you the least amount of cutting to do. 
  • Use a string line to ensure your paving lines are straight. 
  • Pavers should be laid with a 2-3 mm gap to prevent chipping. 

5. CUTTING IN

  • Most paving jobs will require some cutting in.
  • Use a thck tipped permanent marker so the wet saw will not wash away the line. 
  • Use a brick saw with a diamond tip blade. 

6. COMPACTING AND JOINT FILLING

  • Once laid and cut in, your paving needs to be compated to secure the paving. 
  • Evenly spread white sand over the paving and allow to dry. 
  • Place compactor on a piece of carpet and drive over entire area (this should vibrate the white sand into the cracks). 
  • Sweep in the excess white sand and concrete in any edges. 

7. SEALING

  • Not all paving requires sealing.
  • Sealing however will ensure the job looks brand new for years to come.
  • There are many different sealers to choose from and its best to follow their specific directions for use. 

8. MAINTAINENCE

  • If laid correctly, pavers should be extremely durable and require very little maintainence. 
  • So sit back with a cold beer and enjoy your new amazing area!! 

Comments

John Doet
Good very good
Aug 05 , 2015

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