Questions to ask your paving installer
COMMUNICATION is key to secure the successful outcome of a paving project, says Dawid Rademeyer, operations director at Bosun Brick, a manufacturer of concrete paving.
“A good paving installer is wellinformed,” says Rademeyer.
Consumers need to identify and discuss the exact area that needs to be paved with the installer.
Take the following practical issues into consideration:
Where any excess water will drain to. Also, where there are drain pipes that flow onto the paved area, where the water will be channelled.
How your installer will ensure that water doesn’t pond on your paving or drain into your house during a downpour.
The storage of the pavers before laying them, the handling of rubble and the general site cleanliness.
Also take the following into account when deciding on the area allocated for storage of materials and rubble:
Can trucks easily access the area?
Is the space allocated close to the area that needs to be paved?
Is the surface of the area you’ve allocated flat and obstacle-free so as not to cause damage to products when delivered?
Can the same space be used for rubble that needs to be removed once the job is complete? If not, allocate an area that is practical and easily accessible.
Ask your paving installer how the product will be unloaded and/or transported to and from the material storage site.
Pavers should not be thrown on top of one another in a big pile as they will be damaged, and pavers that are transported in wheelbarrows should be carefully loaded and unloaded as concrete pavers do chip, he says.
“Ensure that you and the chosen paving installer agree on commencement and completion dates of the project to avoid future frustration,” says Rademeyer.
“A paving installation is only as good as the base layer that it is laid on, so it is essential that all pavers are laid on an even and well-compacted area to prevent one paver from being higher than another one, which in turn may cause pavers to chip,” says Rademeyer.
Rademeyer’s last word of advice: “Gather as much information as possible on the experience and reputation of a paving installer before you accept a quote. There are many excellent paving installers out there; you just need to find the one that is right for you.”