SAM PAVES THE WAY GET RIGHT SUR­FACE SO­LU­TION TIP TIPS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Janita Singh De­tails: samthep­aving­man.com.au

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.”

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

Sam Harb, the man be­hind Sam the Paving Man, wife An­nette, and chil­dren Re­becca and Rob­bie with nat­u­ral pavers.

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