By Daisi Loiseau. block. Published at Thursday, January 31st, 2019 - 04:40:33 AM.
You will also need a light plate compactor. Most people do not own this piece of equipment but you can easily rent or purchase one online or at your local hardware supply store like Lowe’s or Home Depot. You also have the option of using a simple claw hammer and various sizes of wood to lay block paving in a small area but it is not recommended simply for the fact that it will lead to much more unstable blocks.
I would highly recommend using the services of a reputable landscaping and paving company. Often the ones with the best websites will be good, as this shows they take their business seriously. Do not go on this tip alone! You should do your research, get reviews and testimonials, check out their previous work. A good company will have a portfolio of previous work for you to see.
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.
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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