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.  

Grey bevel bond with a charcoal border.

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.

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.

red cobble 3

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.

Rubble is costly

There are so many different types of extras that builders don’t tell you about until you are neck deep in debt and trying to finish off the project. One of the things that no one talks about is the rubble that is going to sit on your pavement outside of your house.

Building rubble

Rubble created during building operations.

When one looks at the cost of removing rubble and add that cost to the quote for the installation you might find that it would have paid to be a bit more diligent when you were out getting your quote. Ensure you find out if there are any extras that could occur before signing the order.

Sample of rubble on a pavement

Rubble can cost a lot of money to remove.

Often a company does not know how much rubble will be created and will rather give you a cost per load to remove the rubble. They should be able to give you an indication of how many loads you could expect which would then give you an indication of what the total cost for the installation will be including the removal of the rubble.

Where we have paved

Paving by Suburb

We have done paving in most suburbs in the greater Gauteng and we will include an article with most of our installations from now on.
Recently we paved in Brackenhurst, Roodepoort, Brackendowns, Weltevreeden park, Midrand, Springs, Boksburg, Horizon, Alberante, Glenanda, Edenvale, Eastleigh and Newmarket.

Paving with Corobrick Namaqua

Corobrick driveway in Roodepoort

In most of the paving mentioned above we paved using Corobrick products however, we do also pave with Flagstones and Bevel bonds in all of Gauteng. It is our policy to give a client advice regarding which paver would best suite the area that is to be paved but we will pave using any brick or paver preferred by the client.

paving with flagstones and clay

Flagstones and clay combined in Jo’burg North

Most clients do not know what is the costs to do paving today and I like to suggest that home owners try estimate the size of the area to be paved and get a telephone quote before inviting a salesman around to measure accurately and giving a formal quote. I also suggest that a paving quote be done early in the construction of a new house as it would need to be budgeted and not left as the last thing to be considered.

Often a home owner will settle for cheap paving as their budget is exhausted but within a couple of years the paving needs to be re-done due to poor selection or poor installation.

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.

Broken brick paving

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.

Sample of rubble on a pavement

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.

clay paving bricks

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.

parking bay paving

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.