HOW TO LAY PAVING BLOCKS
Paving blocks are a great option for constructing a paved driveway, in term of cost, visual effect and durability. There are different paving blocks available for use depending on your designs and paving patterns. A mix-n-match of the paving blocks (or Setts) will give you unique patterns and make your driveway stand out from the rest.
When laying a paving block on a path, patio or driveway, it is essential to have an edging kerb. An edging kerb can give a decorative, attractive finish. Besides the beautiful finishing, the kerb is particularly good for retaining paving blocks. Since the blocks are simply bedded onto the subbase, the kerb edging prevents the pavers from falling away.
If you’re a huge DIY enthusiast, you can lay the paving blocks yourself. However, for large investments, it is advisable to get a professional driveway paver to do the legwork for you. This will ensure that you get a beautifully finished block paving driveway or patio and also rest easy knowing that you have a satisfaction guarantee up your sleeves.
Here is how to lay your paving blocks:
Step 1: Design
Draw a design that suits your style, and that will be adequate for your patio or driveway. When designing, include the most favourable colour. You don’t want the colour to crash with that of the house.
Step 2: Excavation
Depending on the size of the driveway or patio, you may want to use a JCB or a mini excavator to rip off any existing driveway. This will save you time and energy. For the perfect precision, it is important to mark out the area to be excavated.
Dig the area to the desired level depending on your existing surfaces.
Step 3: Edge restraints
Start by digging a strip at the edge of your subbase. Then, lay a concrete strip footing projecting 75mm to the outside and 25 mm on the inside. Once your concrete footing has dried, lay the edge paving blocks on mortar with sufficient slump. Leave the edging to dry for at least three days before continuing your work.
Step 4: Subbase
You’ll then need to use two timbers spaced at least 1 meter apart to form a bay. Pile sand into the bays and spread until you have a flat compacted surface.
Step 5: Block Paving installation
Prepare 2 or 3 bays, filling each with sand, then carefully remove the lumber strips and fill the depression with sand.
Using a pattern of your choice, lay the paving blocks starting from one corner. You could use a knee pad and a small piece of timber to kneel on the completed sections so that you can spread the weight evenly across several paving blocks. You should fit the blocks tightly together leaving no joints.
Step 2: Finishing Up
Press the paving blocks into your sand sub base, using a club hammer or plate compactor in 2-meter square sections. In case a paving block drops lower, remove, add some sand and continue with the compaction.
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A block paved driveway will give your property more curb appeal than a concrete driveway. It is easier to maintain and does not crack easily.
If you don’t feel confident laying your paving block driveway, call us today or contact us below for a new installation at a pocket-friendly price.