Is your paving falling apart?

Over time the paving can start to look like it is sliding all over the place and big gaps start forming between the bricks.

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If this is what your paving is starting to look like then don’t hesitate to get it repaired soon or you will need to replace all the paving. Nothing gets better with time, only worse so don’t leave it for too long. If you feel the paving just after the collapsed area you will find that all the bricks are all loose and easy to lift as the border has collapsed.

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Often builders that try install paving make a few basic mistakes such as placing plastic sheeting under the paving or instead of an edgebeam they install the paving with a collar. There are a few other areas that they fall down on but you will invariably call in a paving company to repair the paving after a couple of years due to incorrect installation procedures.

clay edgebeam

Edgebeam redone

Get your paving repaired while it is still in the beginning stages and not when the entire paving area has collapsed. We and other paving companies offer free quotes, so why wait, call now.

Is your Paving infested with grass?

There seems to be a massive invasion of grass on a lot of driveways and paving in general this year. I have noticed that our church’s driveway and numerous clients driveways have grass taking over in massive quantities. In most cases it is a maintenance problem which is quite simple to remedy.

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Grass and weeds destroying paving.

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Bevel bond paving with grass growing on the driveway.

This is a sure fire way of destroying your paving if left unattended and then costing a lot of money to either fix or replace the paving. Never leave any small weed or grass pieces for too long as they just multiply and then lift the paving to the point where the paving needs to be replaced at a high cost.

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Ironstone paving cleaned from weeds and grass.

A simple maintenance solution is to wash and sweep your paving once a month with a gentle water flow and a normal house broom. This will get rid of any seeds laying on your paving before they germinate and start growing. I strongly suggest that you attack any problem with a strong weed killer and monitor the paving on a twice weekly basis until the grass problem is solved. Do not ignore this problem as it will destroy your paving and cost you a fortune to replace the paving.

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Corobrick paving with grass growing over it.

Water and drainage considerations

One area that homeowners are aware of but often forget to tell the paving salesman about is the drainage problems that happen every time it rains. We had a situation that was evident and this time the client was not aware of the water problem. The ground felt very spongy when I walked on it and asked if they had recently done anything in the area which was to be paved. The owner of the house said that they put their sprinklers on 3 times a week but the ground was always quite spongy.

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Drain in front of a garage.

 

On careful examination I saw that there was nowhere for the water to run off so it just saturated the ground. All the water ran to one corner and pooled there while slowly sinking into the ground and the ground was getting water logged. I told the owners of the house that the problem would multiply once the paving was laid as there would be no place for the rain water to drain and consequently it would simply pond and eventually begin to create a foul smell. Luckily the answer to this problem was simply to make a neat 10cm hole in the wall to allow the excess water to run out of this enclosed area.

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Not every water problem has a simple answer but there is always a solution if looked at constructively. Sometimes a simple raised header course is all that is needed, other times it may be that a drain needs to be built and in most cases it simply needs the paving to be laid correctly to allow the rain water to run away from the house and walls.

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Plastic cover on a underground gulley.

Don’t ignore your water problem, discuss it with your paving company and let them propose a solution. You don’t have to accept their proposal but it could have a solution to the damp starting on your house walls. Try resolve the problem before it happens.

Plastic under the paving

Plastic under the paving

I was called by one of our building contractors to analyze why a client of his had a problem with their paving. The client is a major law firm in Johannesburg and their paving was only 5 years old but was shifting badly and opening gaps in the paving. Some of the gaps were as wide as 4cm. I personally could not believe that the paving was only 5 years old and even though it was cement bevel bond and not clay, there was just no way that the paving should have deteriorated to this extent.

Plastic under the paving being removed

re lifting the driveway to remove the plastic sheeting

We lifted a section of the paving to get an idea of how the paving was stabilised and found that the paving had been laid on a waterproof plastic sheeting. I knew just then that it could not have been a master builders paving company that laid the paving and actually told him. The client told me that it was the builder that built the building that also did the paving but wanted to know how I knew. The answer was simple, how is paving going to stabilise if laid on a sheet of plastic and where is the rain water going to drain to?

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Water laying on the plastic sheet

Most builders do not know the science of paving but will undertake the job for the extra cash and most clients are just too lazy and too complacent to call in someone else to do the paving. The problem is that 3-5 years down the line the paving needs to be uplifted and re-laid which just adds to the expense of the paving.

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Plastic sheeting under your paving offers no stability to your paving.

If you are about to do paving, ask the company that you are considering to use, to please lay a plastic sheeting under your paving, if they agree, fire them and get a paving company that not only refuses to lay plastic under the paving but also explains why it is wrong.

Relaying old bricks

Paving is a science and it should not be treated lightly or it will cost you a lot of money in the long run. Contact Richard on 084 300 4220 for more advice or a free quote on your paving.