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.

driveway paving with clay pavers

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.

Paving guarantee

When you employ someone to install your paving, you are hoping that they know what they doing and that the paving will enhance the aesthetics of your home, plus it must increase the value of your home.

stretcher bond grey and charcoal bevel paver

In a lot of cases, either the builder or the electrician, pool contractor or even the plumber will offer to install the paving and can even give addresses of where they previously installed paving to which home owners give the green light for them to go ahead and install the paving.

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Unfortunately the home owner only finds out a year or two later that the paving was installed incorrectly but looked good at the time when it was first installed. This is when we as a paving company get called in to fix or repair the paving.

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We recommend the following, ” Let each professional install or build what they have been trained to do and you will save money by holding each professional accountable for their own installation or construction.

Take a drive through an estate and casually look at the condition of the paving and you will be shocked at the amount of paving that is busy collapsing due to incorrect installation procedures. Most of these paving installations have been installed by non paving people, don’t make the same mistake, call in a paving company to install your paving.

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.

Urban paver in Granite look

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.

Paving needs maintanance

 Keep your paving in good condition.

If you have grass growing on your paving the chances are that you have been negligent regarding the care of your paving. Every item we buy today needs some maintenance, this includes paving. Grass not only spoils the look of the paving but it can also destroy your paving in a short space of time.

Grass on paving

In most cases but not all, a simple medium to soft spray from a garden hose and a house broom can be all that is needed to maintain the new rich luster that your bricks had when they were first laid. But, as I said earlier, it is not always the owner’s non-care that degrades the paving, it could also be bad workmanship.

Grass removed for paving

Bricks lifted and the ground being prepared.

The Master builders association of South Africa and those paving companies that are registered with the Master builders association have a strict method of installing paving. This is no guarantee that things can still not go wrong, but it does give peace of mind knowing that the company is still going to be around to repair anything that might have gone wrong. Price is always a factor but long term satisfaction can always trump price.

clay edgebeam

Edgebeam redone

Richard Arthur has been in the paving industry and sales for most of his 38 year working life and suggests that you should test your salesman to see if he has your project at heart. Most salespeople are only focused on their commission from your job but seasoned salesmen think of the referrals that a good installation always brings. A real professional will want to spend some time with you to ensure that your purchase is not only exactly what you would like, but is the right product for the job as well.

Paving circle around a tree

Paving with a tree in the middle.

Do a little research of your own concerning the different brick types either online or at your local brick yard, suggest a brick type as a possible selection to the salesman and see if he/she runs only with that selection or if they offer something different. They should then give reasons why your selection is or is not the right selection for your needs and offer alternatives which they feel could be better for the job. You will soon get the feeling whether the salesman is there for just your order, or if they are being professional.

brick co double cobble

Now obviously it is always better if you are on hand to watch the way the contractor is going about installing your paving, but often we buy a house and the paving is already done. I suggest that now that you know a bit more about paving, that one of the areas that you take a look at before purchasing that new house is the paving. If you can identify the fact that the paving is busy disintegrating you could get a nice discount on the property as you can point out that the paving will have to be redone. Paving today is not a cheap, so, take paving a bit more serious and you could be having your next holiday on the money that your paving knowledge has just saved you.

2 colour paving on a driveway

2 colour bevel bond paving on a driveway

Contact Richard Arthur for a free quote and sound advice 084 300 4220

Paving design

Paving designs are personal.

Designing the paving for your house can be very simple and at the same time very complex. Nothing is more bland or none appealing than paving that is laid everywhere with no natural grass or flower beds visible. If we remember that paving needs to increase the value of the house, paving then deserves more attention than just calling in a contractor and going with the cheapest quote.

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If we truly want to maximize our investment, it is always good advice to have a landscaper first lay out the garden areas and assist with the areas that should be paved. A word of warning, “ always call a paving company to do your paving, no matter who advises you otherwise.” Some landscapers have paving companies that they prefer to work with because of their history of working together while others will simply lay out the areas to be paved and then leave it up to the house owner to finalize the paving. Either way, you should give the paving style and the paving brick the same amount of consideration that you did with the entertainment area or the location of the pool.

appearance makes a huge impact.

Create a style of your own

There are a lot of home owners that prefer to do their own landscaping ideas and that is great. There are plenty of ideas on the internet regarding how to landscape a garden and if you spend a little time you will save a lot of money getting to grips with the art of landscaping. But which ever way a person goes, remember that paving and gardening increase any investment if done correctly. I would again like to emphasize that you don’t have to install very expensive bricks to increase the return on investment, often a cheaper clay brick will enhance a property far more than an imitation rock made with cement/concrete.

Corobrick with a plastic drain

It is in most cases ethically better to keep with a similar type of brick on the driveway, pathways and pool areas as it comes across as “patchwork” when different types of paving stones/bricks are used at different areas. Even when the same colour is used on a different size or different shape bricks at different areas, the impression is often still one of patchwork. Not that different bricks cannot be used at different places, just ask for samples or pictures where similar paving was laid to get a better picture of how the end product will look.

Copy of whhelchair ramp

Paving is the first thing you see when arriving home and the last item you see when leaving, so designing the paving should and does deserve professional assistance to ensure that it becomes a return on investment and not a costly mistake. There are many types of paving bricks that fit into most budgets, so don’t think that calling in a professional paving company/person is going to be costly, it could save you a bundle of money and give you the look and feel that your house deserves.

Paving maintanance

Paving maintanance

If you have grass growing on your paving the chances are that you have been negligent regarding the care of your paving. Every item we buy today needs some maintenance, this includes paving. Grass not only spoils the look of the paving but it can also destroy your paving in a short space of time.

Copy of Grass on paving

In most cases but not all, a simple medium to soft spray from a garden hose and a house broom can be all that is needed to maintain the new rich luster that your bricks had when they were first laid. But, as I said earlier, it is not always the owner’s non-care that degrades the paving, it could also be bad workmanship. The Master builders association and those paving companies that are registered with the Master builders association have a strict method of installing paving. This is no guarantee that things can still not go wrong, but it does give peace of mind knowing that the company is still going to be around to repair anything that might have gone wrong. Price is always a factor but long term satisfaction can always trump price.

Paving under the lapa

3 size flagstone pavers

Richard Arthur has been in the paving industry and sales for most of his 38 year working life and suggests that you should test your salesman to see if he has your project at heart. Most salespeople are only focused on their commission from your job but seasoned salesmen think of the referrals that a good installation always brings. A real professional will want to spend some time with you to ensure that your purchase is not only exactly what you would like, but is the right product for the job as well.

Drain prevents rain from entering garage

Drain in front of a garage.

Do a little research of your own concerning the different brick types either online or at your local brick yard, suggest a brick type as a possible selection to the salesman and see if he/she runs only with that selection or if they offer something different. They should then give reasons why your selection is or is not the right selection for your needs and offer alternatives which they feel could be better for the job. You will soon get the feeling whether the salesman is there for just your order, or if they are being professional and will turn your order into an investment.

Corobrick with a plastic drain

Now obviously is always better if you are on hand to watch the way the contractor is going about doing your paving, but often we buy a house and the paving is already done. I suggest that now that you know a bit about paving, that one of the areas that you take a look at before purchasing that new house is the paving. If you can identify the fact that the paving is busy disintegrating you could get a nice discount on the property as you can point out that the paving will have to be redone. Paving today is not a cheap installation and you could be looking at R20000 or more for renewing the paving. So, take paving a bit more serious and you could be having your next holiday on the money that your paving knowledge has just saved you.

Paving under the Lapa

Entertain under a thatch Lapa

One of the biggest entertaining areas built in South Africa is the outside lapa or also known as the outside entertainment room with a thatch roof. This room is outside with wide apertures for entry from many directions and yet still allows a person to feel as though they are in a room with their buddies and friends.

flagstone paving under the lapa

Lapa entertainment with flagstone paving

The beauty of a lapa is also the ease in which a person can either move under the lapa for shade from the sun and rain, or move outside the lapa to bake and tan in the sun while still being in communication with those under or outside of the lapa.

Paving under the lapa

3 size flagstone pavers

Paving under the lapa is a choice that should be considered carefully. A lot of people like to go with a natural rocky look and select paving which will give that look and often the salesman will simply take your order and install what you requested and everyone is happy. Then one day you have a braai under your lapa and as normal a piece of boerewors squirts out a stream of fat all over your paving.

paving in the entertainment area

ground prep for paving under the lapa

After your friends leave and you are cleaning up, you realize that there is no way of getting that mark out your paving. Cement/concrete paving is very unfriendly when it comes to oils and fats and seldom if ever allows you to clean a spill satisfactory. Clay paving on the other hand just requires a little detergent and a moist cloth to take all the oil/fat off the paving. This example above is proof that paving is not just paving and different types of paving qualify for different areas. Get some advice before simply going ahead with any paving investment.