Paving is not only a practical solution but is often an integral part of your garden’s textural profile. Coupled with planting, the natural tones found in many paving applications can introduce an element of warmth to your garden and elevate its overall aesthetic.LEARN MORE
Of course, while you consider the look you hope to achieve with your paving, you must first consider function and environment. The ultimate purpose and placement of the paving will determine your choice of paving stone and decide whether or not you opt for concrete or natural stone pavers.
In most cases, there is a direct correlation between the price of a paver and its quality. More expensive pavers are generally more durable and more resistant to external factors such as staining and environmental effects. Bear this in mind when making your choice.
Things you should consider:
Like any good construction project, a detailed preparation process is crucial. Paving is no exception.
A level and well-prepared base layer will ensure that:
Dependent on the current state of the area you intend to pave, you may need to remove layers of soil and consider installing drainage.
As a rule of thumb, if you’re paving around a house, your level and well-compacted base layer should slope away from the home to encourage the flow of any excess water in the same direction.
If you are confident in your DIY skills, there’s no reason why you should not be able to lay paving successfully.
A paving project requires considerable investment, so if there’s any doubt in your ability, we highly recommend that you use a professional for the job!
When it comes to quality pavers, we always recommend Urban Paving. Their paving is made with the highest quality materials, natural, sustainable products and latest technologies and will stand the test of time.
To remove stains from natural stone pavers, we recommend contacting your paving supplier for the best removal method.
Your pavers will age and weather naturally over time. You will notice some initial fading; this is part of a normal process that will result in minimal colour change once complete.
As mentioned above, applying a concrete sealer will support colour retention, especially in darker pavers.
We asked our friends at Urban Paving to explain -
“Efflorescence refers to the natural salts in the raw materials of the paver migrating to the surface as water moves in and out of the paver; this will occur to some extent on all pavers. Sometimes it won’t be visible, e.g. with lighter-coloured pavers, little water movement and good drainage under the pavers. In other cases, efflorescence will be more pronounced, e.g. with darker-coloured pavers, lots of water movement and inferior drainage.” Urban Paving