Tips on Laying Block Paving

Block paving is also called brick paving. This is a way of decorating your pavements or hard standing them block paves made from concrete resulting in a porous form of brick that’s made by mixing small stones with hard-core and including dyes, sand, and cement in various amounts.

Here are steps you should follow when designing your pavement to have a beautiful look.

  1. Make a design

You should draw up a design that best fits you by considering whether you are extending an existing pathway or replacing your driveway. After you make these decisions, you should now decide what type of block you wish to use and what color you want to use. It is good to choose a color that matches your house bricks to avoid color clashing.

  1. Carry out an excavation

You can use a mini excavator if the job’s size is small or hire a big excavator if you want to dig the entire driveway to save you time and cumbersome work. You should always mark the area to be excavated to avoid damaging different areas and dig out the marked area to the required level and if the domain is flat, create a slight slope to for easy drainage

  1. Make edge restraints

Mix cement and ballast to make a concrete foundation that is 100mm thick and make a kerb unit that will be on top of this at the required level, and this is achieved by the use of a string line and spirit level. Then you will be required to mortar the kerb units to the foundation by use of a trowel and rubber mallet. Haunch the back of the units once the kerbs are in position.

  1. Subbase

Inside the edge strains, lay the MOT and roadstone and rake them to the desired level and level the compact using a vibrating plate. 

  1. Screeding

Add a layer of damp sand to a depth of 50 mm and compact using a vibrating plate. Also, add a second layer of sharp sand to a level of 20mm and string lines, screeding rails, and straight edge, and the second layer of sharp sand should be leveled to the correct standards.

  1. Paving installment

Lay the block paving from the bottom of the slope and place the blocks on top o the lying sand, ensuring blocks are above the desired level. Continue with the desired pattern and ensure you use a maximum of five packs to reduce color banding.

  1. Finishing touches

Sweep the drive after laying all the blocks to ensure there is no debris left on the blocks. Apply kiln dried sand and sweep across the constructed area to ensure the sand falls between the joints and compact using a vibrating plate.

The above steps will guide you on how to come up with a complete and perfect patio in your garden. If this seems a bit detailed, it is wise to hire a local brand stone certified installer.

Judd Sutton