Ques­tions to ask your paving in­staller

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

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.”

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