SAM PAVES THE WAY GET RIGHT SURFACE SOLUTION TIP TIPS
SELECT THE RIGHT PEOPLE: Ensure the tradesman is reliable, skilled and experienced with laying different types of pavers and has an eye for finer details. Finishing is important – a professional paver should clean and seal properly.
GET THE BASE RIGHT: The base below the paver is all important and must be installed correctly. The base must have adequate water falls to avoid problems like picture framing, ponding and efflorescence (crystalline deposits).
KNOW YOUR PRODUCTS: Do your research on types and styles of pavers. Ask questions. Natural stone is sensitive so you need to understand what can harm these styles – for example, using acid on particular stones can cause major issues. Natural stone needs to be sealed correctly. Make sure there is sufficient slip rating. THERE is more to paving than what you walk on – just ask the paving man, Sam Harb.
Mr Harb, who started his paving business Sam the Paving Man from a small shipping container 30 years ago, said every paver laid down required planning and perfection.
“Paving is great for families who want to enjoy outdoors, making the backyard accessible. It’s easily maintained,’’ Mr Harb said.
Mr Harb, who services domestic and commercial projects, said the most requested areas for paving in the home included driveways, balconies, backyards, courtyards, pool surrounds and stairways.
Natural stone paving, either granite, travertine, basalt or bluestone, was a favourite, he said.
A new paving style was semipermanent solutions.
“Our adjustable, portable pavers are laid on adjustable plastic (frames) so while the finish is impeccable, individual pavers can be removed any time with minimal fuss,” Mr Harb said.
“Adjustable paving is the perfect way to give a rental property a temporary facelift, to create a striking surface for a runway or trade show, or to provide a low-maintenance solution for commercial rooftops and balconies, where access to subsurface services and cabling may be required.”
Sam Harb, the man behind Sam the Paving Man, wife Annette, and children Rebecca and Robbie with natural pavers.