Fixing a bad paving situation

Fixing a bad paving situation. There are many home owners that don’t know that it is possible to repair a driveway or pool area by using the current old bricks. Normally the edge beam on existing paving is difficult to re-use but most of the rest of the bricks can be used again to assist in reducing the cost. The new bricks will age and get dirty in a relatively short time and blend in with the older bricks and hardly be noticeable.

Relaying old bricks

We often save our clients R1000’s by re-using the existing bricks and bringing in plus minus 20% new bricks to make up for the bricks that are broken or can’t be used for one or another reason. We then scatter the old and new bricks in the paved area so that there are no obvious patches and the finished product is a bit mottled as opposed to patched.

old driveway made new

We have found in a lot of cases that the company that did the original paving never did a strong edgebeam and that is why in most cases the paving collapses. This is one of the most critical areas of the paving but it can be hidden from unknowing clients. To conclude, if you don’t plan on selling your house in the near future and your current paving is functional,  then consider an uplift and relay and save a small fortune.

clay edgebeam

Edgebeam redone

The area will still need to be scarified, levelled and re-compacted as if you were doing a new paving installation, the only difference is that 80% of the paved area has been done in your old bricks. We recently did a repair to a house in Bryanston where we uplifted 350m2 of broken brick cobble and relaid the old paving bricks but mixed in 80m2 of new bricks. The final result is a functional and repaired driveway which saved the home owner R1000’s.

Repairing paving in Bryanston

Broken brick cobble being repaired in Bryanston.

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.

paving with flagstones and clay

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.

 

driveway paving with clay pavers

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.

You tube video on paving.


Video on youtube showing a sample of the paving that has been laid.

This is a short video to show some of the paving that has been laid. This video might prompt an idea or 2 for your paving project. Whether you want to pave your driveway, pool area or try your hand at a little landscaping then this video is for you.

the above video is just a small sample of the installations that we have done. The main idea here is to show you some of the paving bricks currently available and to allow you to get an idea of what might suite your house.

Please look through some of our articles for more advice and paving selections but feel free to phone for free advice concerning your paving investment. We offer free advice to anyone anywhere without any commitment.

Treat your paving installation as an investment and not as something that just has to be done, after all, it is the first thing a potential buyer or your family and friends see when arriving at your house. So don’t be in a hurry to install your paving, take a little time and investigate what would best suite your home.

 

Invest with proper paving

Paving to enhance your investment.

Planning your paving and grass areas around the house can be a bit complex and a little expensive if not done correctly. There is always good reasons to leave some grass areas for the children or for the animals to play on. Paving an entire back yard can end up looking very bland even if an expensive paving block is used.

paving with flagstones and clay

Flagstones and clay combined

 

Home owners should always try to get an even balance in the paving and grass areas. They should not only see paving as a way around cutting the grass on a regular basis but they should also look at the overall look and feel of the possible new look if they are contemplating selling their house anywhere in the future.

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Paving has been around for thousands of years but only recently is it being used in many different areas around the house. As mentioned earlier, you may find that you do not want the time consuming job of mowing the lawn but remember that a few grass areas are always welcome to the overall look and feel of a property. Paving is not always the ideal solution to all of your problems even though it can be quite affordable. Paving is often a subliminal item and is mostly noticed only if it is tardy and breaking down. A good looking driveway is often sublimely accepted and lures a potential buyer to come inside to look further.

Smartstone paving

Smartstone Cotswold

Selecting the right paving block or brick can be quite daunting as there is such a wide variety of types, shapes and colours to choose from. One thing that you have to consider is whether you will be driving on them or just walking on them. If you are going to pave the driveway or a place where cars are going to drive or park on, then you have to ensure that the bricks are designed to carry the weight. Your driveway paving needs to be tougher than any other paving around your property. You also need to decide whether you want uniformity with the brick selection or if you are going to use different bricks for different places around the property.

3 size cobble paving

LaCotta 3 size cobble

Once you have selected the brick and the colours that is going to be used and exactly which areas are to be paved, it is time to either get ready to pave yourself or call in an expert to do the job for you.

red broken brick cobble

 

A suggestion is that you use a dark brick on the driveway which will not need a lot of maintenance and then consider using a light colour on all your borders as it defines the paving areas. On the other areas you could use any colour even a light colour but then again, consider using a darker colour for the borders. Your budget will determine how much of the area you can afford to pave although you can pave different sections at different times.

Dark paving on a driveway

Dark paving for a driveway

One thing that should be stressed here is the purchasing of good quality bricks. Poor quality bricks will look good soon after the job is completed but will more than likely break down, crack and even dissolve back to cement powder within a couple of years making it necessary to pave once again. . If you decide to lay the paving yourself you will have to be confident and have some guidelines regarding how to pave. If the paving is laid badly then it will look awful and this can make the whole area look bad. Having stressed the importance of a good quality brick, I now need to highlight a couple of important things that need to be done before laying a single brick. Scarify and clean the area which has to be paved, remove all grass and weeds, set your water run off levels, moisten the soil and then compact the ground with a plate compactor which can be hired at most hardware stores. Now that you have prepared the area correctly, you are now ready to lay those bricks. There are plenty tips and advice columns where you can get much needed advice before embarking on paving your property yourself, and I recommend that you get well acquainted with paving before spending and possibly wasting your money.

creative thinking to enhance aesthetics.

creative thinking to enhance aesthetics.

If you are in any doubt about laying the paving then it may be an idea to seek professional help. The professionals will be able to not only lay the paving but they will also be able to give sound advice on the best way to clean the paving once laid. If you clean your paving correctly, it will last for far longer and need less maintenance. If the outside of your property looks as good as the inside then you will be adding value to your home. If you are aiming to sell your house one day, then your paving becomes very important as first impressions really do count.

 

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.

Creative paving for gardens

Creative Paving for gardens

I went to the hobby x show at the Dome last week and saw an idea for a garden or an area of the back which might be currently neglected. Often there are areas around the house that is just never used and is therefore neglected or forgotten and often gets over run with weeds.

chess board with pieces

Why not get charcoal and Grey flagstones and create a chess or checkers board? There was a company called Bigchess that had chess pieces 84cm high and only 2.4kg in weight. I picked up a couple of the pieces to ensure that even a child could move the chess pieces. These chess pieces are almost indestructible as they are made from a durable polyethylene plastic with a 4mm wall.

Chess

With a couple of park benches or garden furniture this once neglected area of the garden could become very popular. The chess board and pieces could also be a very good selling item and cover up what used to be a eye sore. The entire area could be landscaped and with a little imagination it could end up as the main featured area of the house.

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This is just one example of how to tackle an area that is currently your problem area at your house. Consult a few friends or family and have a brainstorming session with them and you will be amazed at the ideas that come pouring out. Show them what your problem is, tell them about this article and that should get the ideas to flow until the point where you have not only solved a problem area but you also have created a unique reason for your house to be in demand the day it is put up for sale.

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.

paving with flagstones and clay

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.

Urban paver in Granite look

Ganite urban paver from Bosun

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

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.

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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

Driveway paving

Driveway Paving

The one area around a house that really takes a pounding is the driveway paving. This often-neglected area is the first item seen by potential buyers when looking to buy a house. Driveway paving is not often seen to be deteriorating until it starts to fall apart and then it is a deterrent to any potential buyer. Paving is subliminal and either attracts or repels people from a house.

Driveway done in Tuscan paving

Tuscan clay paving bricks from Corobrick

There are certain bricks that are designed to enhance the appearance of any house plus many are designed to take the punishment that it needs to take. Then there are some very attractive bricks that are just not suited to being laid on a driveway. I always suggest people that are about to embark on driveway paving to call a couple of companies in to quote but ask each one for their preference and then ask the next company their thoughts on that suggested brick. You will soon know who is just out to get your order and who has your interest at heart.

Double charcoal border

Infraset cobble paving with double border.

My personal preference for driveway paving is clay. Clay is a natural product that expands when hot and contracts when cold. It has a very pleasing appearance when finished and will always increase the value of any house. Installation of clay pavers will mean that the installation company will use rubber expansion strips to ensure that the paving can breath. It is almost like you have a living breathing driveway with the potential to last for decades.

Cederberg and Nutmeg driveway paving

Clay paving done with Corobrick

Clay paving has been the preferred choice around swimming pools and to this day you will find more than 65% of new pools being installed with clay paving around the perimeter. I would just like to stress at this point that the installation of any paving is not as simple as it may sound, there are installation procedures that need to be followed if the paving is to last. See one of our previous articles on this blog regarding paving installation. Good luck and God bless you, Richard 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.

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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.