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Paving Contractor: Everything You Need to Know

Paving is a low cost and stylish way to create feature or entertainment areas in your outdoor space. Paving can be used in many areas such as, garden paths, patios and driveways. There is no limits to what you can use paving for, because there is such a wide variety of colours, textures and formats available to create almost any type of look. If your paving is laid correctly, it can last for a lifetime and is very low maintenance. When choosing your paving for your home, take a look at your homes style and garden, then select the paving that will tie in with the look your are trying to achieve.  A garden designer or landscaping contractor can help you choose the correct paving for your home and will make the decision easier consider how much choice is available.


Laying and Patterns

When using paving in your garden, the paving should be at least 40mm thick and be laid on a bed that is also at least 40mm thick. Using paving for your driveway, you will require stronger paving and should be laid on a bed that is at least 100mm thick. There are several patterns that paving can be laid, these patterns including basketweave, herringbone, radial, stretcher bond, a combination of stretchers and headers and also in large paver patterns.



There is a wide range of materials that paving comes in, for example brick, clay, terracotta, concrete (concrete can also be used to imitate any finish such as sandstone), slate, timber, granite, limestone, sandstone and ceramic. No matter which material you use, you got to remember that the most important part of any paving job is the preparation of the base.


The Good Base

Using a professional paving contractor to lay your paving will ensure that the base is laid correctly, and therefor ensuring that the paving will not move over time. There are 3 common paving bases that can be used concrete slab, compressed sand and road base. Drainage is always something you will need to consider. A concrete base will not let water through, so when installing paving be sure to check with your local authority to ensure that you meet their regulations, and to see if you need to obtain permits before commencing. A professional paving contractor will be able to help you with this.


Hiring a Paving Contractor

When hiring a professional paving contractor to lay your paving, you need to ensure that they are qualified and hold the necessary insurances. Always ask to see samples of their previous work, and should provide an obligation-free quote. They should also be able to advise you on the design and structural considerations. If you are looking for quotes, you can use the Post a Job Now to get quotes from paving contractors.


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