When constructing permeable driveways, pavers are the best option in terms of durability, visual effect, and cost. There are different types of pavers one can use depending on your preferred driveway paving patterns and designs.
You can also mix and match pavers or create unique patterns to make your driveways stand out. In other words, there are endless driveway ideas when it comes to paving designs and patterns.
If you are looking to build your own driveway using block pavers, it is important that you follow the right procedure for them to look perfect.
Here, we will show you how to pave your driveway correctly;
Step 1- Come Up with a Design
You need to draw up a design that suits your compound. Once you decide on the design, you can then decide on the type and colour of blocks to use. Are you for whole-block design or resin bound driveways? This is a decision you should make. Colour is an important consideration to avoid clashing with your house bricks.
Step 2- Prepare the base
Before laying the paving blocks, you will need to excavate the ground. Mark the area to be paved and dig out the area to your desired level, while making sure that the finished level is 100-150mm underneath the damp-proof layer in the block of any adjoining buildings.
If the area is flat, you will need to create a slight slope to aid dispersion of stagnating water. Keep in mind that how much you need to excavate depends on the thickness of the sand layer as well as paver thickness. Ensure to excavate past the driveway by further 150mm to allow for the installation of edge restraints.
Step 3- Fill in the Base Material
To ensure firmness of the excavated area, you need to lay the base material, which is usually a mixture of hard crushed rock known as driveway rubble. Lay these materials on the excavated area and past the boundaries for laying pavers to allow the blocks to be supported on the edges. You can use a plate compactor to compact the base to make the area firmer.
Step 4- Lay the Pavers
Always begin laying blocks from the bottom of the slope on a straight edge. Place the blocks on the laying course and ensure that they are 10-15mm above the desired driveway level to leave enough room for compacting.
Lay them as per your desired pattern. Once the full blocks are laid, you will need to cut several blocks to fill the smaller spaces left. You can cut the blocks using a diamond disc saw or block splitter. Avoid cutting a block of less than 1/3 of its original size.
Step 5- Seal Pavers and Compact
After laying pavers, you should sweep the drive thoroughly and then apply kiln dried sand. Sweep the whole drive again, ensuring that the sand falls between the joints. Compact the driveway with plate compactors and sweep again. Keep doing this until the joints get filled with sand. Doing this will give your driveway durability and reduce maintenance costs.
A compacted paved driveway makes your compound look more appealing as compared to having a concrete driveway. Besides, it is easier to maintain.
If you don’t feel confident laying driveway pavers, you can reach out to paving contractors to help you with this work.