This is an example of some driveway paving that I recently did for one of my clients in Gauteng.
Block paving on driveways becoming more popular
Increasingly, I see block paving being preferred in exchange for tarmacadam on driveways of private residences.
And when you see the decorative appeal of a job like this, you can see why…
Midway through the driveway paving job!
Pleasantly arrests the attention and gently draws to eye.
Plus, it has many years of durability – and will resist wear and tear.
The flags (as we call them in the trade) are best being about 50mm or 60mm thick – any less than that and you tend to crack them on compaction.
And if planned well, like as by us, you lose only 5% of the pavers (on cuts or errors) on a typical installation.
Very cost effective.
The technical part
This particular project was on a short-ish driveway with a steep incline gradient.
It led into a two-bay garage with dividing wall.
Preparing the sub levels
A large part of the job when paving is [repping the subgrade and base.
This gets the foundational work set before you’d ever dream of laying.
Here we are doing just that:
Weeds, organic matter and waste material is removed and then we lay the sub grade sand adn compact it.
Concrete base material is the spread out.
Then a bedding layer of cement lime and sand in various proportions.
Next, the flags…
Wet case pavers (blocks) were opted for with charcoal finish.
(Known as ‘wet case’ because they give the appearance of being wet whilst dry.)
Concrete and sturdy, but stylish looking.
The pattern of block paving used
As common around Gauteng, the client insisted on this particular style of paving.
It’s called dutch pattern paving.
The pattern is distinct because it involves using 2 different sized units, with no common dimension.
The resulting pattern at the briefest glance almost seems random – that’s until you pick up the repeating motif.
But don’t think for a minute that this is the only design you can get.
There’s not a set rule book for paving design actually.
As far as the mind’s eye can see – that is the limit to what you can do with block paving.
Quality and economy
For domestic use, the 50mm or 60mm thick units are most suitable.
It is wise to allow 5% wastage to allow for cuts and accidents.
As you can see – I lay everything by hand…
Painstaking done, with care and diligence – every block.
Level and well aligned for startling results and minimal wastage.
Large laying machines just aren’t necessary – plus their costly.
We’re quite traditional in our craftsmanship.
Our team will beat any machine to the job – for speed, accuracy and budget.
A driveway beautifully laid with block paving, keeping age old traditions and standards,
But keeping up to date with modern decorative trend.
Money well invested.