Laying down pavers for a path, entertainment area, or driveway can transform your home. Before you begin make sure you have all the right materials and enough pavers to compensate for cutting around edges and obstacles. As well as the pavers, you will need road base, bedding sand, and jointing sand.
- The right tools can make for a more efficient and stress-free worksite. Kennards Hire can provide you with everything you need to get the job done right with a wide range of tools from shovels, levels, and string line, through to plate compactors, brick saws, and block splitters.
- When prepping the area to be paved, mark it out clearly with pegs and stringline, making sure it is level and free of all vegetation. Remember to accommodate for the road base as well as the bedding sand and pavers.
- The area should be kept level but keep drainage in mind. Aim for a 20mm slope on the finished pavers to help with this. If necessary, install drainage to carry water away from the paved area and away from the house.
- Lay the road base over the whole area first, maintaining a 50mm thickness under paths and 100mm or more under driveways. For best results it is recommended you use a plate compactor, which ensures a thorough compaction and a strong foundation for the remaining layers.
- Spread the bedding sand over the area and screed to an even surface, 50mm in thickness with a straight edge. On larger areas, break it down to smaller, more easily managed areas and smooth the next section after you’ve laid the pavers on the previous section. Keep in mind to regularly check the area with a builder’s level to ensure the drainage slope is maintained.
- Install the edge restraints, being mindful to use durable materials such as timber, concrete strips, or pavers set in mortar, and ensure they match the intended height of the rest of the paving when finished.
- Choose your paving pattern and start laying the pavers from the corner. Lay the full-sized pavers first and then cut the smaller pavers to fill the gaps at edges and around obstacles such as posts. Pavers can be cut easily on a brick saw fitted with a diamond blade or alternatively on a block splitter. Lay the pavers in a strip, a metre or so wide, and work your way across the area. When you’ve reached the end at the other side, repeat the process until the whole area is finished.
- Push each paver firmly into the sand and use a rubber mallet to tap down any that protrude. Make sure the pavers are not touching and are left with a 2-4mm gap to be later filled with sand.
- After the pavers are laid, compact them into the bedding sand with a plate compactor. To prevent the pavers from being damaged attach an old piece of carpet to the compactor.
- To finish the job, spread the jointing sand into the gaps between the pavers.
To hire plate compactors, block splitters, brick saws or any other equipment you need for your paving job visit your local Kennards Hire centre. Kennards has a vast array of equipment to suit any job and experts in every field to offer guidance for the task at hand.
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