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Pavers and Paving

Before choosing your paving have a think about what you need

  • Do you want the same paving to all areas
  • Do you have a Pool (some pavers are unsuitable around pools)
  • Is there a Driveway, therefore an area that needs to be trafficable

Do a rough measure of the area so you can work out how many square metres you need. You can pace it out onsite or you can do a 'take off' from the  site plan. This will help you budget. (Remember pavers will need laying as well, whereas with poured surfaces the install is included in the price quoted)

If you have a builder check your contract to confirm what areas and allowance you have - i.e. 6m of driveway plus maybe a path and paving in the alfesco. Your builder will allow a certain cost per metre for your paving plus a particular size of paver. Best to check these allowances before you go shopping. You can always choose pavers that are over your standard allowance and over the standard size, just be aware that this will cost you extra to supply and to lay.

The alternative to paving is poured limestone or concrete

Pavers

Pavers are delivered in pallet form and need surface preparation beneath them (road base, compaction and pavers’ sand).  Being that they are laid individually weeds and ants can come up between the pavers over time, . However there is an enviromental advantage to laying pavers over poured surfaces. Pavers will allow rain water to penetrate between the individual pavers while solid surfaces are impervious and create run off which then adds to the storm water system and carries additional nutrients into our river systems.

Pavers come in a huge variety of sizes and also in different surface finishes.  Usually the rougher the finish the less slippery it will be when wet.  Remember the bigger the pavers the more costly they will be to lay.  (Standard pavers normally means, brick shaped or approximately 219mm to about 290mm square.)

  • Clay pavers
  • Concrete pavers
  • Reconstituted pavers (Limestone)
  • Natural Stone

Types of Pavers

Clay Pavers   

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Clay pavers are made from clay like bricks. Clay is a renewable natural resource. Clay pavers have a depth of colour that they will retain for their lifetime. There is a large range of colours available from creams to deep reds even charcoals. There are numerous styles, shapes and sizes available. Clay pavers will absorb water thus reducing run off even further. This is far more environmentally sound than funnelling the water into stormwater drains. 

Concrete Pavers   

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Concrete pavers are a cost effective option for paving. Almost any colour is available and there are many, many sizes and shapes. Concrete is a heat conductor so lighter colours might be preferable as they will not heat up as much in summer. 

Natural Stone Pavers    

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These are just that, pavers cut from natural stone (i.e. Toodyay Stone This is a local product from the Avon Valley.) They are totally natural and last for ages. Pavers can be cut to what ever size you choose. Stone is a natural product so the finish is unique. Unfortunately like most beautiful unique things it is also expensive

Reconstituted Pavers    

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These pavers generally made from a combination of concrete and natural stone (i.e. Limestone). Reconstituted pavers are a great option for those who want the natural stone look but don't like the price tag. Limestone is naturally cool underfoot (even in summer) so the higher the limestone content the cooler the pavers will be. Some pavers have natural anti staining agents impregnated into the pavers while others will need sealing.

Paving Lingo

  • Main Paver This is the main paving area
  • Inset Border This is a border but not the outside edge (it is optional)
  • Border The pavers at the edge of the paving
  • Header course The pavers that form the edge of the paved area, normally cemented in to hold in place

Trafficable Areas

If the pavers are for a trafficable area i.e. the driveway confirm that you have the correct thickness (normally 60mm) if you have additional areas to be paved but that don't have vehicle traffic on them you can use the thinner pavers for this area (normally 40mm) if the two areas are physically joined the use the thicker pavers throughout.

Paving Patterns

  • Herringbone
  • 45 degree
  • Stack Bond or Laid square
  • Basketweave
  • Stretcher bond (1/2 2/3) (Check which way you want this pattern to run, length ways or width ways, the end result is quite different)
  • Random
  • Mosaics/patterns

You can ask you paving contractor to use contrast pavers to form diamonds or patterns in your paving or pre made mosaics can be purchased from your paving supplier

All paving should have dry fine (normally white) sand compacted into the joints. You can also use a product called PAVESET instead of sand which has a gelling agent and will become more like a solid once it has been wet. This will reduce weed and ant penetration.

Tiles

Tiles can also be used for an outdoor area, however normally only for an alfresco area. Tiles must be laid on concrete and thus normally only used when joined to the house slab to create that indoor/outdoor continuity.

Things To Keep In Mind

  • Placing PVC pipe under your paving for future reticulation/electrical access is a great idea even if you’re not sure if you’ll need it. Your landscaper will thank you if they require access at a later date
  • Darker colours will attract more heat in summer
  • Lighter colours will show more wear and tear, i.e.tyre marks
  • Make sure you keep some extra pavers in case you need to repair an area in the future
  • Sealing your outdoor area will keep it looking better for longer and reduce maintenance.
  • Make sure you seal the driveway BEFORE anyone drives on it. One car wheel turning while the car is not moving and the marks are there for ages
  • Check that your chosen paver is approved by your local council planning department if you want to use it for the crossover as well (the crossover is the end of your driveway where it meets the road). Some councils only allow concrete crossovers.

Related Topics

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