Paving costs examined

Paving costs explained.

There are many things to take into account when pricing a paving installation for a driveway or pool area or even just a pathway.

Most people just get the price from someone like a company salesman and then decide who is the cheapest without considering why one company is a little more expensive than another. In some cases it could just be a company’s policy and marketing that determines costs but often it is the quality of the materials used in the installation.  

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Let’s look at some of the factors that make up the cost when installing paving:-

  1. Bricks make up 50% or more of the paving costs and this is dependant on the selection. There are bevel bonds, flagstones, clay and broken brick cobble, all of which are priced differently.
  2. Cement has various grades and the selection of cement grade can also effect the durability and life of the installation.
  3. River sand and plaster sand is used for bedding the paving and the grouting. River sand is also used in the edgebeam or also know as the perimeter brick.
  4. Compaction equipment is critical in the installation as the area to be paved needs to be leveled and compacted to the correct density to ensure that the installation will not have areas that sink and create waves in the paving.
  5. Cutting disks and a good grinding machine is needed to cut or trim the bricks where needed.
  6. Labour is critical and can often be overlooked. Labour that is experienced and is permanent staff to the contractor can more often than not install paving that will last a lifetime.
  7. Then finally there are the delivery costs which vary depending on the distance the manufacturer or supplier is from the delivery point.
An area that is often forgotten about is the water drainage.

Unfortunately there are short cuts to everything mentioned above, cheap non guaranteed bricks, inexperienced installers, cheap materials and broken machinery.

Always get a paving company to install your paving to ensure that your money is well spent and your paving will stand the test of time.

Swimming pool paving

Paving around a swimming pool can be a major investment or a major failure and it all depends on the brick selection.

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Dark colour bricks get too hot to walk on during the hot summer days and it is always best to get a very light coloured paving brick around your pool. There are many different brick types available and every type comes in a variety of colours, so you are not limited regarding choice but rather by colour.

Pool paving with Corobrick

Paving with Corobrick Nutmeg and Cederberg

Even after discussing this subject with customers we have installed Red, Charcoal and other dark colour flagstones and paving bricks only to hear from others in our industry that they went to replace the paving after a year or two.

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Cederberg is an all time favorite around most swimming pools.

All paving should become an asset to the property and by following expert advice, your paving can and will increase the value of your property. Spend a little time examining the options available and test the company that is quoting to do your paving to ensure that it will be installed correctly.

A good salesman that is knowledgeable in his/her industry will offer sound advise but the final decision is always with the customer.

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.

Paving contractors and paving tips

Paving contractors and paving tips.

Paving is a word that brings a few images to mind such as, investment, aesthetics, cost, budget, home improvement and a host of other images. Some of the images are very beneficial and then there are others that are quite negative such as money and expensive.

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Wheel chair ramp from the house to the pool built with Corobrick paving.

It is worth your while to spend a little time investigating not only the brick type and colour that will improve the value of your house but also compliment the aesthetics of the house as well. There are so many variations available as well as various colours that are also available that it is impossible for anyone to carry enough samples.

I would like to recommend that anyone wanting to do correct and investment wise paving should do a little homework. I would suggest the following steps should be considered.
A) Check the credibility of the various paving companies in your area.
(Hellopeter.com is a very good checking tool)
B) Find 3-4 paving installers to quote on your paving.
C) Ask the salesman for suggestions and reasons for the suggestions made. (Often the salesman is so concerned about their commission that they will offer the cheapest brick possible and not be concerned about quality or durability of the brick.)
D) To check if the sales person knows his trade, ask a question regarding the plastic used under the paving to prevent weeds growing. This sounds like a legit question, however, plastic is never used under paving as any water that finds its way under the paving needs to be absorbed into the soil and not accumulate under your paving on top of the plastic. If the sales person gives you an answer positive to using plastic under the paving he/she does not know anything about paving and needs to be shown the way out of your property.

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The above are just a few examples of how to go about investing in paving, please look through our site for more tips on installing paving correctly.

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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Paving contractors and paving tips

Colonial stone entrance

Flagstone entrance using Colonial stone.

Paving contractors and paving tips.

Paving is a word that brings a few images to mind such as, investment, aesthetics, cost, budget, home improvement and a host of other images. Some of the images are very beneficial and then there are others that are quite negative such as money and expensive.

Paving with Corobrick Namaqua

Corobrick Namaqua driveway

It is worth your while to spend a little time investigating not only the brick type and colour that will improve the value of your house but also compliment the aesthetics of the house as well. There are so many variations available as well as various colours that are also available that it is impossible for anyone to carry enough samples.

paving with LaCotta

Pool paving with LaCotta 3 size cobble paving

I would like to recommend that anyone wanting to do correct and investment wise paving should do a little homework. I would suggest the following steps should be considered.
A) Check the credibility of the various paving companies in your area.
(Hellopeter.com is a very good checking tool)
B) Find 3-4 paving installers to quote on your paving.
C) Ask the salesman for suggestions and reasons for the suggestions made. (Often the salesman is so concerned about their commission that they will offer the cheapest brick possible and not be concerned about quality or durability of the brick.)
D) To check if the sales person knows his trade, ask a question regarding the plastic used under the paving to prevent weeds growing. This sounds like a legit question, however, plastic is never used under paving as any water that finds its way under the paving needs to be absorbed into the soil and not accumulate under your paving on top of the plastic. If the sales person gives you an answer positive to using plastic under the paving he/she does not know anything about paving and needs to be shown the way out of your property.

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Clay paving driveway

The above are just a few examples of how to go about investing in paving, please look through our site for more tips on installing paving correctly.

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.