Paving on a tight budget

Paving on a tight budget

If you are working on a tight budget but would like to get paving laid at your house or business premises, take heart, there are various paving options available that could save you money and still have the desired aesthetic look.
There is always a paving brick on sale at various times of the year and you just need to simply ask the salesman for the current specials.

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One of the most critical things that you should look out for is a paving installer or paving contractor that knows how to properly install paving. We are called on a regular basis to uplift and relay paving done by either the builder, swimming pool installer, electrician and even the plumber. Paving is a science and if installed correctly can last for many years. Paving is not the same as tiling so be wary of any tiler claiming to be able to do your paving.

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Anyone can lay paving but invariably the paving collapses after a very short time, it looked perfect after it was installed but due to incorrect installation procedures it does not last and costs the home owner more money to re-install the paving. We have recently uplifted and re-laid paving in Eye of Africa, Aspen Hills and Meyersdal Eco Estate, in each of these cases the builder laid the paving after convincing the owner that they always do the paving themselves.

Relaying old bricks

Old bricks being relaid after levels were corrected.

A tip that all home owners and business property owners should keep in mind is, “Let builders build your home or building, let electricians do the electricity, get plumbers to install the plumbing, Pool installers build your pool and paving contractors to install your paving.” Short cuts more often than not cost double when the job has to be re-done.

Pool paving with Corobrick

Paving with Corobrick Nutmeg and Cederberg

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.

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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.

Lapa entertainment area

            Lapa and lapa repairs There has been a spate of lapa repairs recently and mostly due to poor installation. Even though most lapa companies buy the grass and the poles from the same suppliers, it is the shoddy workmanship that comes out after a year or so.

restoring an old lapa

restoring a lapa

We often get calls to repair Lapas after a heavy downpour more so when there is a heavy hailstorm. I must add though that in 90% of cases the repairs come only after 5 years when the grass normally needs combing and replacing which is normal maintenance.

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Lapa entertainment with flagstone paving

Once repaired and the paving has been either cleaned or replaced then the lapa/ entertaining area is again ready for summer or a warm winter day. the nice thing about a Lapa is that it is one of the most cost affordable entertaining areas to build.

Old bricks save money

Home owners as well as corporate are seeing the value of re-using the old bricks at their premises. We have just finished lifting and relaying paving in a Brackendowns house and then recently we did a huge uplift and relay at lawyers premises in Bedfordview.

 

Plastic under the paving being removed

re lifting the driveway to remove the plastic sheeting

The cost of relaying paving is a bit less than half price when compared to brand new paving bricks. The preparation work and the laying of the old bricks is done exactly the same as when using new bricks.

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New bricks being spread among the old paving bricks.

There is normally between 12% and 20% of the old bricks that are lost due to breakage and new bricks are then needed to be brought in to replace those broken bricks.

Scarifying the area to be paved.

Preparing the ground for water levels.

The new bricks do stand out initially but soon fade, they get dirty and then match the existing old bricks. So if your budget is a bit on the low side then consider getting your paving reconditioned. The old bricks are lifted, the old grout is cleaned off, the ground is re-scarified, levels are re-set, compaction is then done before river sand is laid and the bricks are then laid with a new edgebeam. BINGO, you have a new reconditioned driveway with your old bricks.

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Paving comes in all shapes and colours and it is easy to get confused when selecting the right paving for your house.

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Cederberg and burgundy clay paving for parking area

Call a paving company and get some advice regarding what paving would suite your house and get samples of the paving bricks before going ahead.

 

flagstone paving under the lapa

Lapa entertainment with flagstone paving

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Corobrick Namaqua driveway.

Corobrick Cederberg paving for the lapa

Clay paving laid under the lapa

Paving under the lapa

3 size flagstone pavers

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Flagstones and clay combined

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Driveway paving with Colonial stone

Colonial flagstone driveway paving

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Corobrick Cederberg and Nutmeg combination around the swimming pool.

Red broken brick paving

Broken brick cobble driveway

 

Paving for the WOW factor.

Paving with a WOW factor:-

There are many reasons to pave areas around your house but not too many people try get the WOW factor into their paving. I think most people just want the practical use out of their paving and a lot of home owners simply want to eliminate the need to cut the lawn. The one thing that most home owners forget is that paving plays a big part in the overall appearance and acceptance of the property.

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The entertainment area is one area that is often carefully considered but often cost is a major factor so presentation is neglected. As a home owner you should look at each area and consider whether you would be interested in buying your own house based on the current paving. Once you look at your house this way you will then identify the areas that need attention with regards to paving. A good point to always remember is that grass and plants are always needed to enhance any paved area.

appearance makes a huge impact.

Create a style of your own

When potential buyers approach your house, the first thing they see is your driveway. Then, in most cases the front garden is next and often both the garden and driveway are visible to these potential buyers without them exiting their car. Does your existing paving invite or chase any potential buyer? Even if you are not considering selling at this moment in time, your paving could just give your house a valuation boost and a WOW factor to your investment.

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Flagstones and clay combined

What good is it if your house has gold and diamond trimmings inside but your driveway discourages potential buyers from even coming inside to see your trimmings? Never underestimate the power of your paving and always get a professional paving company to give advice on your paving needs. A builder can give you the best house in the country but he will more often than not falter when it comes to paving selection and installation.

 

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Clay paving driveway

You would never allow your dentist to perform surgery on your children and you should also not allow your builder to install your paving. Paving is a science and a major investment and should be handled by paving specialists.

Paving guarantee

I recently had a potential client tell me that she does not have any faith in the membership of any building association including the one we belong to which is the Master builders association (MBA). I might add at this point that we did get the deal after I explained a few things to her.

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Corobrick driveway

Opposition paving companies that are not members of the MBA will obviously claim that they are not members because it is not important and that the MBA have no teeth or credibility. There have been numerous companies that have applied and been rejected membership due to their installation procedures or the company has a low credibility factor and do not want to comply with regulations laid out by the MBA which give customers recourse on any bad installation.
Most of these companies will make millions of excuses and offer a huge guarantee that has no foundation as they have no controlling body to assist the client with their guarantee.

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3 size flagstone pavers

Why have we been members since 1991? One of the main reasons is that there are construction companies who do not do their own paving and will only use companies that can display the MBA logo on their site. These companies know that there is a recourse if the paving is not installed correctly and that their client will not call them back due to badly installed paving. This is a guarantee of work to a paving company that is a member of the MBA and therefore displaying the MBA logo on our web site is worth its weight in gold.

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Membership does not come easy and it costs a lot of money per annum to stay a member. No major paving installation company would lay out big amounts of money for a membership to an organization if there was no reward. The reward is the contracts filled through the building industry that know that an MBA logo is a guarantee of a good installation.

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The next time a salesman tells you that it is a waste of time belonging to a building association you should re-examine the company and possibly give that company a miss as they more than likely do not qualify to be a member due to a number of factors which could include bad workmanship.

Flagstone paving and patios

Patio paving

With more brick manufacturing companies now producing their own range of flagstones, it has become very common for home owners to pave their patios with the various types and styles of flagstones which have become available. In the past 2 months we have had more than our normal amount of inquiries for patio paving quotations.

Pool paving with LaCotta 3 size cobble paving

Pool paving with LaCotta 3 size cobble paving

65% of the time people prefer the 3 different size flagstones around the swimming pool or on the patio and entertainment area but there is a growing trend to go with the larger size flagstone as a stand-alone.
We just installed a 500 x 500 flagstone on a patio and around the swimming pool which when finished looked fantastic. The client has had the paving sealed professionally which has enhanced the paved area incredibly. Please give the paving on your patio more than just a casual thought as it is the place where you will be entertaining your guests.

Pool paving with Corobrick

Paving with Corobrick Nutmeg and Cederberg

On another note, Bosun bricks, a large paving brick manufacturer has also recently manufactured a 3 size paving brick which in my opinion is specifically designed for the driveway.

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Ganite urban paver from Bosun

The Bosun urban paver when laid has a real granite and/or a marble finish that stands heads above most of its competitors. We have laid this paver in a couple of driveways recently with extremely positive reactions from not only the owners but also from their neighbours. This paving brick might not be ideal for a patio or around a swimming pool but it is a paver that will turn heads when laid on your driveway.

Driveway paving design

Driveway Paving design

For most people the paving around the house and on the driveway is the last thing considered when building or renovating a house, yet it is the driveway paving that a potential buyer first sees when approaching a house.

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Paving should be more than just a path to the garage and the front or back door, plus it needs a little maintenance to retain your investment. The first thing to consider is the brick type that will best show off your house and then the colour of the paving brick which will also compliment the house. Always check if the brick or paver that you selected is suitable for a driveway as many paving bricks will not take the harsh weather conditions, most paving stone manufacturers agree that the brick or stone needs to also be a minimum of 50mm for driveway use.

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Flagstones and clay combined

Then using a pen and paper you could design your paving layout and then using one or two long hose pipes or pebbles you could lay out your design to get a visual of just what the driveway will look like when finished. Will the driveway simply go as a straight line from the street to the garage or can you create a circle where cars can drive to the house and continue on the circle back to the street? Then will you have a garden running alongside the driveway? There is so much that can go into designing a presentable driveway and presenting your house in a more desirable manner. Even if you are not considering selling your house now, think of the day when you will sell and how your 1st impression is going to entice the potential buyer from coming in.

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Don’t just let anyone lay your paving as it is a qualified profession and even qualified builders often can’t lay paving properly but will undertake the job. For a maximum return on your investment, let builders build, pool contractors do your pool and paving companies install your paving.

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Ganite urban paver from Bosun

Contact Richard Arthur on 084 300 4220 (Gauteng) for more advice or a professional free quote.