You may have a large area outside your home with either a dirt or gravel surface and are ready for an upgrade. You may think that this is not the most efficient car parking surface, especially in the wet, and that it doesn't look as nice for your visitors. If you've set your heart on paving, then you know you can create something aesthetically pleasing. However, you've got a lot to bear in mind not just when it comes to the actual construction, but as far as preparation is concerned, as well. What are some of the key considerations?
Knowing the Importance of a Plan
Always remember that your finished paving project is going to be a dynamic structure. You have to bear in mind the forces that can come into play, which could cause a poorly structured paving project to fail. Remember that even though your paving itself may be strong and rigid, it needs to put up with expansion and contraction caused by weather and changes in the surface beneath caused by temperature, moisture and ground movement. You need to ensure that joints are put in place not just to facilitate the construction of the job, but also to take into account expansion and contraction.
Considering the Detail
This is why it is crucial to come up with a professionally engineered plan that takes into account the foundation, any potential encroachment from nearby trees and the prevailing weather conditions. This plan will be worth its weight in gold in terms of avoiding problems in the future. While expansion joints may not look 'pretty' in a finished pattern, they will be crucial if you want to avoid cracks (and worse) in the future.
Using the Right Adhesive
Also, remember that if you use the trendier large pavers, then you will need special mortar additives. If you don't use these additives, then you may not get the right amount of adhesion and these pavers could come loose in the future.
Delivering Your Stones too Early
If you've already chosen a specific design and style of paver, don't be tempted to get your batch delivered as soon as possible if you've found a good deal somewhere. Engineered stones are designed so that they weather evenly when in situ. This type of stone works well because of its consistent appearance and not its variety. There is a danger, therefore, that you will incorrectly store the stones if you have them delivered well ahead of time. They could quickly discolour and present huge issues for the contractors when actually laying them to best effect.
If you already have your stones on site, however, make sure that you do not open the shrinkwrap until the last possible moment. Store them under cover, either in a building or by using a waterproof tarp. Do not open the pavers or move of them into a staging area until the contractor is ready to actually lay them.
Doing It the Right Way
If you want to get a first-class job that will last without constant problems, always get skilled paving contractors to help you install.