By Manette Faure. block. Published at Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 - 09:47:07 AM.
Quality concrete paving is durable and requires little maintenance if correctly installed. This is why property developers often choose to install paved roads instead of tarred roads in business parks and residential developments.
These are fairly small paving blocks which fit together in various ways to create an overall pattern which suits your home and taste. Another popular method for building a driveway is to use gravel, or shingle, in a loose way. This is also good for security as you will hear the distinct sound of the gravel when someone walks on it. You could also go for a concrete driveway, these will be cheaper to build, and offer a hard wearing, durable surface, but I must say, don’t look the best compared to a block paved driveway.
After this you need to start to clear a canal around the perimeter of the sub base you have just set. This canal needs to then be filled with quick dry concrete and leveled off. Once the concrete has dried you grab whatever edging blocks you decided to purchase and put them around the edge of the perimeter. Take a straight piece of lumber and a carpenters level to make sure each edge stone is level and straight. After this you need to wait for no less than 72 hours for everything to become level and set. Avoid the urge to mess with the pathway or it will not set properly.
The golden rule to remember when it comes to maintaining paving is that prevention is better than cure. Concrete is porous and can absorb various substances. It is therefore best to try and avoid spilling oil, grease, cement powder, concrete, plaster, clay, paint or harsh chemicals like acid onto the paving. Do not use high pressure cleaning apparatus as this will damage the pavers and the grouting.
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