Seven Helpful Tips for Laying Brick Paving
Make sure you prepare for, and lay, your paving properly. Poor preparation and laying can create future problems resulting in unnecessary, time consuming and costly re-work later on.
Step 1 – PLANNING
- Mark out your site for an even, clear idea of how your paving will look and also giving you straight edges to work with.
- Don’t forget to allow for storm water run-off. The last thing you want is for water to puddle on your paving.
- Ensure your area is flat and compacted using sand or road base.
Step 2 – MATERIALS
- Calculate the area accurately so you purchase the right quantities. To work out the area to be paved in square metres multiply the length by the width e.g. 4m x 5m = 20 square metres.
- Always allow for up to 10% extra pavers for wastage such as cuts and if you are purchasing factory second pavers allow for the odd broken or damaged paver.
Step 3 – PREPARING THE SITE
- Remember paving must slope away from the building to allow for run off.
- Pavers should be flush with the lawn, pool or whatever you are laying it against.
- Compact thoroughly using a vibrating plate compactor, checking that the base drains in the required direction.
Step 4 – LAYING
- Begin laying pavers from one corner or a fixed object (e.g. House Wall).
- Use the string lines you have previously drawn out to keep nice straight edges.
- Try not to disturb your laying bed by walking on the compacted base. Walk on the pavers you have already laid but be careful not to tread on edges as they pavers may tilt and shift the sand or your base resulting in an uneven job.
Step 5 – CUTS
- Most laying jobs require some cutting of pavers.
- Depending on whether you are laying a clay or cement paver. It will usually be necessary to hire a diamond saw to cut pavers into edges.
Step 6 – COMPACTING and JOINT FILLING
- Once laid your pavers should be compacted to secure the paving in place.
- Compact the pavers using a mechanical plate compactor with a piece of carpet under the compactor to prevent the pavers from being scratched, chipped or damaged.
- After compacting your pavers, spread a layer of dry fine sand or paveset over your pavers and sweep into the gaps. Allow sand to settle, add additional sand if required and or remove the excess.
Step 7 – SEALING
- Not all pavers require sealing but if the product you have chosen does we recommend you talk to your supplier’s sales staff on which product most suits your needs with your paving purchase.
- Before sealing ensure all excess sand has been removed from your pavers and coat with your sealer. Sealing will help keep your sand in place and prevent weeds and ant activity in any gaps.
- Sealing will also help provide your new outdoor area with a lasting protection and help prevent
discolouration and general staining.
If you need help, please contact Countrywide Landscaping for advice. Call 08 9622 5571.