About Paving



ABOUT PAVING

Introduction

The outdoor areas of residential, commercial and public amenities are being used more frequently because people want to spend more time outdoors enjoying the weather and being creative and active. Homeowners especially enjoy their own outdoor space, as it is the ideal place to sit back and relax especially after a hard day's work. The most important part of the outdoor area on residential properties is the flooring. There are many options to choose although paver is a very popular choice because of its durability and practical attributes.

Paving

Paving can be designed to suit small or large areas and the installation process is very simple, fast and effective. You can achieve a stylish look on any paved residential or commercial properties. There is a wide range of materials, colors, patterns, styles and designs to choose from. Paving is a cost effective application that will benefit homeowners and commercial owners. There is little maintenance and care required on paved areas.

Do-It-Yourself Paving

Paving Pattern The choice of doing your own paving project on your property is a very practical decision and will save you time and money. It will also give experience and confidence to beginners who have not yet taken on paving. Paving is very simple if the art of it is understood. Doing it with any type of paver material is simple as long as the ground is level and excavated and a good base material is laid. It involves pavers being laid in a pattern, style or particular design.

Being consistent with the laying pattern is also important for the overall appearance. There are many different outlets that sell pavers that can offer information and practical guide to successful paving.

Paving Materials

There is a wide variety of paving materials that can be used nowadays for residential and commercial applications. The choice of material for the paving project is very important for the overall construction and long-term effects. Many considerations should be discussed when choosing the right material for all types of applications. Here is a list of some popular choices and preferences for paving materials:

  • Natural Stone Pavers - such as; sandstone, bluestone, limestone, cantera stone, etc
  • Stone Pavers
  • Concrete Pavers
  • Pre Cast Concrete Pavers
  • Flagstone Pavers
  • Stepping Stones
  • Cast Stone Pavers
  • Clay Pavers
Paving

Paving Applications

The paving application around the home is endless. If pavements are your preferred option then you have to consider the type of paver materials for your application. There are many options where paving can be completed around homes and commercial properties to provide a safe hardscaped area. Here is a list of the most common application areas for paving:

  • Driveways
  • Patios
  • Courtyards
  • Walkways
  • Sidewalks
  • Garden Walks
  • Landscaping Areas
Paved Driveway

Paving Patterns

The most important element of paving design is the laying pattern. Patterns will assist in the overall appearance of the pavement immensely if it is done properly and is well suited to the area at hand. Smaller areas should be paved with larger free flowing patterns that do not look busy as they can help make the area seem bigger. Large areas can be paved using a busy and confusing pattern that will make it seem a little smaller in size. Popular pattern choices include:

  • Herringbone
  • Parquet
  • Running Bond
  • Brick Bond
  • Block Paving
  • Irregular Paving
Running Bond Herringbone

Paving Maintenance

Paving maintenance is very simple as pavers are a strong and durable structure if installed correctly. There are sealants that can be used to protect the quality and long lasting attributes of the pavers and should be applied annually. Cleaning agents can also be used annually to remove all unwanted dirt and grime. The occasional sweeping and cleaning should be done to help keep the pavement looking fresh and clean. Repairs may be required if pavement becomes damaged. It is always important to purchase more materials than required in case of breakage and if repairs are needed.