Paving Ideas for Your Home

You can choose to use a contractor or you can try your hand at paving your front yard or backyard. Although it is more convenient to use a contractor in general, doing it yourself can be a fulfilling activity. If you have the time and the determination, you can probably do it yourself. You can save money and get a little exercise in the process too!

Here are some paving ideas to help you should you decide to take on the challenge of paving your own front yard or backyard.

You can use pavers in areas around your home where you want an attractive classic look. Pavers can be used in driveways, paths, steps and drying areas. The first step in paving an area is determining the size of the area you want to pave. After identifying the area or areas you want to pave, you can go ahead and compute for the total area you want to pave. This will help decide on how much materials to purchase. Typically, you will need 38 pavers for every square metre.

When implementing paving ideas, you will need tools and materials aside form the pavers. Here's a checklist of the materials and tools that you'll need:

  • Pavers
  • Gravel Roadbase
  • Washed River Sand
  • Bagged paver jointing sand
  • Sting lines, tape measure and pegs
  • Spirit level
  • Two screed rails
  • Two to three meters of concreter's screed
  • Broom, rake and shovel
  • Plate vibrator compactor
  • Edge restraint
  • Cutting equipment

Foundation

The foundation is of utmost importance in paving. This will determine the durability of your work. Using a plate compactor vibrator, you can prepare the foundation. Hollow portions must filled and compacted as well. Laying bricks over a concrete pavement could also be a good idea for a longer lasting finish.

Bedding sand

After you have compacted the surface, you can go ahead and spread the bedding sand. Be sure to use wash river sand only as sea sand contains salt that could cause white stains on the surface of the pavers. Stains on your pavers won't look good.

The bedding sand should cover the entire area to be paved at about a depth of 50mm. Use a rake to spread the sand bedding. Set the string lines and screed rails to the specified levels.

Laying pavers

The next step would be to lay the pavers. There are various ways to arrange your pavers. If you're paving a driveway, the best pattern would be the Herringbone as this pattern allows the paver to interlock making it more durable. Cut the edges of the pavers that stick out then place the edge restraints.

Now you can spread the paver jointing sand between the pavers. Be thourough and make sure you cover the entire area. You can then proceed and use the compactor to compact the sand beneath the pavers. Remember to use a rubber matting under the compactor to prevent any damage to the pavers. After the initial compacting, refill the joints with jointing sand and go ahead with another compacting pass until you complete three to four passes.

Finally, sweep off the excess sand to achieve a clean finish.

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