By Aceline Buisson. block. Published at Sunday, February 03rd, 2019 - 09:00:59 AM.
If you are looking to create the best look possible you may want to go with something softer and more malleable that you can eventually replace when it goes out of style. If you are going for function you will want something harder that will last and not take a lot of damage from constant use or weight. Before you purchase your stone it is a good idea to measure the dimensions you need beforehand and then purchase the stone from your local masonry supply. Always get a few extra plates in case you make a mistake or one breaks in transit. If there are broken paving stones delivered you can always return them.
If you are thinking of ways to improve your home you may want to consider getting a driveway built to enhance it’s monetary value. A word of warning here, if you choose a bad building company or attempt a DIY method if you have no experience in building driveways, then it could go horribly wrong and you could end up with which does the opposite of enhancing your home!
After you wait for the 72 hour period you need to start fully laying the path. You take your blocks and put them over the sub base in the pattern that you want. After you have set every stone exactly how you want it you use the light plate compactor or your piece of wood to push the stones into the sub base and concrete. Make sure that there are no spaces or gaps in between each stone or you will have serious problems with contracting and expanding joints in the long term. The only place you are going to leave a space is if the stones are jointed. In that case leave just enough room for them to set.
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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