Block Paved Driveways

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.

Renovating Your Home Walls – Wallpaper vs. Painted Murals

So you’ve already upgraded your floors with the best available deals and have all the floor maintenance materials you’ll need to retain their beauty. Now it’s onto the walls – something creative to bring them back to life.

Are you looking for a design touch that’s eye-catching and unique? Having trouble deciding between wallpaper and a painted mural?

While both design elements are increasing in popularity thanks to their versatility and customizability, this article will help you decide between the two.

Keep reading to learn about the benefits and disadvantages of both wallpapers and painted murals, including cost analysis and ease of installation.

Wallpaper – Pros:

Wallpaper is an incredibly versatile product that can go up on a number of surfaces, including drywall, paneling, and plaster.

There are also an almost innumerable amount of design options, with retailers carrying hundreds of thousands of different brands, patterns, colors, and textures. With so many options, you can mix and match to create the design style that fits you.

Wallpaper – Cons:

Unfortunately, wallpaper is pasted up, meaning it’s very difficult to remove. Before you can repaint or re-wallpaper, you need to remove the existing wallpaper and this is an extremely time-consuming and difficult job.

Also, wallpaper can be prone to ripping, tearing, peeling and drooping, particularly in bathrooms or damp areas where the extra moisture can cause the paper’s glue to come loose.

Painted Mural – Pros:

Unlike wallpaper, painted murals aren’t limited by what’s available from a manufacturer’s catalog. The only limitation on a painted mural is your imagination and your budget.

From wall-size landscapes to tiny details, wall murals can be grand statements or demure little touches. You also get the benefit and uniqueness of one-of-a-kind artwork on your walls.

Painted Mural – Cons:

Sometimes an entire wall or a large section of it painted in an intricate mural can be overwhelming at best. You want your mural to be a focal point, but you don’t want it to steal all the attention.

And even though you may adore it, a large mural can be a big turn-off for potential buyers. If you’re planning to resell in the near future, you may want to consider wallpaper or a simple, plain wall. Finally, unless you’re an artist, a custom-painted mural can cost a lot of money, significantly more than a few rolls of wallpaper.

If you eventually decide that neither wallpapering nor mural design is for you, try experimenting with unique paint finishes to bring personality to your rooms.

You can also try playing around with paintings, artwork or photography, attempting different layouts and creating focal points that don’t depend on mural artwork or wallpaper masterpieces.