Common Mistakes To Avoid When Laying Paving Stone Steps

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Home Improvement, Landscaping Outdoor Decorating, Stone Brick |

Paving stones, concrete paver, or paver are interlocking blocks with concrete as their basic composition material. These concrete pavers are extensively used to magnify the exterior beauty of homes, offices with an amazing and striking appearance. But it’s only one advantage of pavers! You can achieve much more than by building paving stone steps or patios by joining pavers. Another advantage is that installing pavers is not a labor intensive job as compared to building frames and then pouring concrete in the built frames. Bricks and stone pavers don’t need extra efforts to apply mortar to secure them. One can arrange them in any attractive design, no matter how difficult the design appears. Most of these projects don’t include much handling of the paving stones; instead, consist of excavating the dirt to set the pavers. But don’t get fooled by the deceptive easy tasks around the steps themselves. If you’re not prepared for the work needed to complete these tasks, contact one of many Winnipeg paving stone companies for a professional opinion.

Though these tasks appear simple initially, these are also key things that have to be executed appropriately to make the paver project turn out excellently as expected. Because the ideal way to build paving stone steps appears clear and streamlined, the best way to avoid potential mistakes is to know what not to do. Keeping this in mind, we have listed down the most common and potentially disastrous mistakes with paver installations.

Not Levelling the Ground

Earth’s surface remains in a constant flux state! It means it constantly expands and contracts as responses to climate change, humidity, and moisture in the atmosphere. Also, tree roots create a massive force on everything that comes in the way of their water hunting. All these can trigger the uneven ground levels. Though paving stone steps offers excellent rigidity as a floor covering, it’s also susceptible to contraction, expansion, and warping due to temperature and ground movement. So, bearing this in mind, it’s important to commence with planning and ground levelling. It is important, especially for the large format pavers. If anything slopes, it must be slightest to allow water to run off freely. Also, make sure you shape the slope for excavation while keeping the ground consistent throughout the project.

Clumsy Foundation

Many people think it is okay to lay the paving stone steps directly on the levelled ground. This idea seems even more impressive when you are working with a soil which is either compact or clay-filled. But when you continue with an excavation under these conditions, the natural foundation of the earth represents itself to be more sturdy and supportive enough for the pavers. But, the truth is, it’s not that sturdy or supportive! To allow the compact soil to resettle, give it sufficient time, use and rainfall so that it turns into an ideal form for installation of paving stone steps. Also, to make pavers smooth-out, use a compact layer of gravel covered with a bed of sand and place the final paver on that only.

Neglecting The Rise Between Slabs

Noticed that little rise between each slab? Well, that rise has to be supported by something mandatorily. If only natural soil exists between each slab, then it’s like inviting the soil erosion quite often. The weight of the pavers can increase the chances of occurrence of the rise that will eventually ruin the entire step and the efforts you put in the installation process.

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Repairing A Driveway –Fundamentals Explained

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Home Improvement, Landscaping Outdoor Decorating, Stone Brick |

While paint jobs and lawn care are among the first factors that can influence a home’s appearance, a driveway can make a tremendous impact on it too. If it is spotted with oil spills and the pavement is cracked, your driveway can detract from the looks of your home and landscaping, no matter how much you have put in. From resurfacing your driveway to the extraction of your old driveway and replacing it with a new one, a good paver should always be ready to take on the job. If your driveway has not been replaced or resurfaced in 15 or more years, it is time to consider having the job done by a professional.

A quality company will have been repairing damaged asphalt and concrete for at least 10-20 years. They should have all the equipment to complete any concrete repair as fast as possible. The experienced employees will make sure the little details that go into a high quality job get taken care of on every job. Concrete and asphalt do not last forever; whether time, water damage or heavy wear and tear has degraded a surface, most paving businesses will restore all surfaces. Make sure that when searching for a paving company that they are not hesitant about any job, and boast that no job is too small to complete well. They should be happy to make repairs to your existing driveway. Whatever your project, you can count on a reliable contractor to do a professional job at an affordable price. A caring company will always recommend the best solution for your concrete repair or asphalt repair project; but ensure it is always offered with options to match your budget.

When replacing or resurfacing your driveway your first concern should be to find an experienced quality contractor who is right for the job and will deliver not only on time and on budget, but also give you a driveway that is free of defects and will last forever. Any paving company you find for your job should take pride in being one of the best concrete contractors any city has.

 

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Basic Informative Data on Concrete Design

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Home Improvement, Landscaping Outdoor Decorating, Stone Brick |

Improving the look of one’s home or business can be a very exciting, but expensive investment. Upgrading the look of your home’s walkway can be a great way to spruce up the overall look of your home or business and increase its’ value. Although this can be quite pricey, there are many options available to help you achieve that expensive look without all of the cost. The latest options in concrete design have allowed for building owners to create intricate designs and bold colors with the existing concrete that they have on their property. Whether it is the addition of coloured concrete, stamped concrete or exposed aggregate, the possibilities are many when it comes to concrete walkways.

The idea of adding colour to a walkway may seem foreign to some. The notion of a walkway having to be a dull slate gray is no longer. The colour of a walkway can be used to enhance the look of your home or to add pizazz to an otherwise boring exterior. The concrete can be stained to almost any colour you can imagine by mixing different pigments together until they reach the desired hue. There are even ways to colour your walkway to look like stone, which is of course a much cheaper option than the actual use of stone.

Constructing a stone walkway can be very expensive, with a good quality stone costing on average of $17.00 dollars a square foot. An alternative is stamped concrete, which can create the same look as stone. The cost for having stamped concrete installed can run anywhere from about $8 to $12 dollars per square foot. That price of course increases with the level of design that is desired. As you can see, the technique of stamping can create that expensive look of stone or brick on existing concrete slabs for a much cheaper price.

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