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.

Plumber creates paving problem

Mrs.Zukosi of Alberton had a major water leak which shot her water bill into the 5 figure mark. After getting a plumber to sort our the problem and paying a small fortune, she still had a problem with her paving.

The plumber replaced the paving, got paid and left however, 3 days later when everything settled, the paving was an eyesore and she phoned the plumber who politely told her that they only fix plumbing problems and not paving.

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After a lot of frustrating worrying she decided to call a paving company and settled on calling us. Mrs.Zukosi is now a very satisfied home owner as the water problem is gone and we re-installed the paving in such a way that it looks like it was never touched. The only noticeable factor is the new bricks which will fade and blend in after a short while.

If you ever have your paving lifted you should call a paving company to assist you rather than expect a quality paving installation from a non paving expert.

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Broken Brick cobble repaired

We are currently busy with a 350m2 driveway in Bryanston that needed to be uplifted and then repaired.

Many home owners don’t realise that their existing paving can be re-used and the driveway or pool area can once again look good at a fraction of the price of new paving.

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There is a lot of work removing the old grouting from the paving but the end result both from an aesthetic and cost point of view is well worth it.

Red Cobble bryanstonGet a professional and honest quote from us before tackling that paving installation.

Repair and save

Often home owners replace their paving when in fact they could save a fortune by getting the existing paving uplifted and relaid correctly. Have a look at the condition of your existing paving bricks and you might find them still in perfect condition and only a few are broken or damaged.

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Old bricks being relaid after levels were corrected.

We normally work on replacing roughly 15% of the existing bricks due to damages but that means 85% of your existing bricks are re-used and has saved you a small fortune. In most cases the initial levels and compaction were not done correctly which then creates a distasteful image in a short time.

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New bricks being spread among the old paving bricks.

The new bricks can either be used as the new border or we can scatter the new bricks in among the old bricks so that patches of old and new are avoided. So before you replace your paving get a quote to repair your existing paving. You might still go ahead with the new paving but you have at least had a comparison quote.

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.

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Looking at prices for paving

Paving prices in Gauteng

R95.00 per m2 sounds like a good price but when you add delivery, labour, compaction equipment and vat then the price is no longer so attractive. The average price for paving on an all inclusive basis ranges from R180.00 to R400.00 per m2 dependent on the paving selection and the area that is being paved.

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Driveway paved in red broken brick cobble

If there are rocks that need to be broken down or removed then there could be the price of a jackhammer added to the total. One thing that few contractors talk about is the rubble that needs removal after the installation, this is an additional cost of between R900.00 to R1250.00 per 6m3 load depending on the type of rubble and the rubble company.

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Rubble can cost a lot of money to remove.

It is always a good idea to check if the price you are given includes all the above so that you are not caught for extra monies after the paving is completed. Another thing to look out for is why there might be a huge price difference between suppliers of the same bricks. There are many manufacturers that manufacture the same looking brick but the difference is whether it is a S.A.B.S. brick or not. A cheap brick could and should have a shorter life span than a brick that costs a little more but is a S.A.B.S. brick.

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Driveway in clay paving

Paving is like any other investment that one makes and needs a little investigation. Talk to a couple of paving installation companies not only about their price but also their installation procedure. There are again builders that are excellent in building multi million Rand houses and are flawless in their finishing but most don’t produce the same results with paving.

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Cederberg and burgundy clay paving for parking area

The main reason is that the ground needs certain preparation and specific finishing to produce a top quality paved area and an owner would not know how good or bad the paving is until it starts to collapse which could take anything from 6 months to 2 years. Aztec paving would not be discussing these issues if we did not have the customer at heart. Contact Aztec paving and 2 to 3 other established companies to ensure a proper and long lasting installation.

 

Driveways for sports cars.

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Most sports cars are very low and often the driveway needs to be leveled with filling and compaction to accommodate the sports car. We have just had this problem with a client in Rivonia where the underside of his Porsche and his wife’s BWM was catching the cement edging of the street and so consequently they had to leave their cars outside at night.

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Drain grid in front of the garage

The existing driveway had an acute downward angle to the garages which had to be adjusted as well as the entrance from the street. Using 15m3 of filling and uplifting the entire driveway Aztec paving proceeded to recreate the entire driveway. To enhance the entrance we also built a retaining wall against the boundary wall to create a flower box all down the driveway.

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Steep driveway done with clay paving.

Once the old paving was out, we at Aztec paving pulled fish lines at the angle that was best suited to accommodate the lowness of the 2 sports cars. Then on a gradual basis we started to add the filling and using a Bomag compactor we proceeded to rebuild the driveway slope towards the garages. The total area measured 165m2 which should indicate why we needed so much filling.

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Driveway in clay paving

We then cleaned the old bricks, which were re-used. We only needed 400 new bricks to replace the edgebeam and replace the bricks that got broken during the uplifting. (Not bad considering that the driveway consists of more than 7000 bricks.) Once the slope and entrance were compacted with the correct angles we proceeded to repack the old bricks to maintain the previous look that the driveway had. The cost was in the region of only half what it would have cost using new bricks. The client did not bother calling for other quotes as he had previously seen the quality of the work we put out at Aztec paving, plus, he also knew that we do not over charge our clients and those are the main reasons for the referrals we get on a weekly basis.

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Driveway paving in Cederberg

Often a driveway just needs a spring cleaning to shine once again and the re-use of old bricks can often not only be cheaper but also maintain the original appearance that was created when the house was built.