Over time there’s a danger that outdoor paving may become uneven and begin to sink. Repairing sinking outdoor paving is a difficult process, but it is important for maintaining the look of your backyard and keeping your outdoor area safe for your family and guests. Find out how to repair sinking paving and keep your backyard looking good.
Why Paving Stones Sink
Paving stones sink for a variety of reasons. The most common reason is because they were laid incorrectly, without the right materials to provide proper drainage and support. This is why professional installation is often recommended. Weeds growing between pavers can also increase the chance of sinking. The sooner you act to solve the problem of sinking pavers the better placed you will be to prevent a large repair job from being required. Remember that repairing one paver will be far easier than repairing an entire patio.
Laying new paving in your garden is a great way to improve the look and appeal of your backyard. With a paved area it is easier and safer to barbeque and enjoy meals outdoors. Laying paving can be a difficult process, however, and getting your outdoor pavers to be level is often a challenge. This article explains the process of preparing the ground for new pavers so you can be sure to get it right.
Excavate the Area
The first important step is to excavate the area where you will be laying paving stones. You will need to mark out the area to be the perfect size and then dig down to around double the depth of the paving stones so that you have space to lay the base layers. At this stage keeping the base level is not essential, but the flatter you can make the bottom the better. You also need to be sure to remove any large rubble from the bottom layer because this may breach your foundations otherwise.
It can be hard coming up with the perfect design for your backyard, with many people split between the merits of maintaining a lawn or opting for paved areas instead. The best solution seems to be to create a mix of paved and grassed areas in your yard, because this way you can enjoy the best of both worlds. The following is an examination of some of the main reasons why you should create a mix of paved and grassed areas in your backyard design.
Pavers are practical
Whether you have a backyard garden or just a yard with a lot of grass, for practical purposes it is a good idea to have some sort of path of outdoor pavers leading around your yard. After all, if you get a lot of rain and the ground becomes soaked, you are best to stay off the grass to avoid chopping it up too much. It is also handy to have a hard flat area in your yard for setting up that barbecue, table or outdoor furniture, making it a wise move to pave at least a small area somewhere in your backyard.
Durable and elegant, natural stone is one of the best materials for the home’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Stone cladding and pavers can be used to create living spaces, highlight existing features and create perimeters and borders in your garden and in its surrounds. From garden borders to patios or desks, these three practical paver landscaping ideas can be used to turn your garden into an exceptional natural living space.
1. Garden borders
A border created from bluestone pavers or any other type of stone pavers or cladding can give garden beds and areas with larger trees a polished and tidy look, creating a strong boundary between turf areas and beds and controlling the spread of weeds across boundary areas.
Stone pavers are one of the most durable building and design materials gifted by nature. In the garden, they make wonderful and subtle additions, effortlessly blending into the environment while providing aesthetic and practical enjoyment. Whether you’re using bluestone pavers or any other type of paver, we look at how to make use of pavers to bring beauty to your garden.
1. Stepping Stones Pathway
While full paver pathways are a very popular way to use pavers, a stepping stone pathway is a creative way of make use of stone pavers and add to a natural, almost accidental look.
How to Get Started
Pathways lined with pavers bring a rustic look to any garden. In this article, we take you through to building your own pathway with pavers.
Mark Out the Pathway
As with laying stone tiles for an indoor surface, marking out the pathway in your garden is important for getting a clear idea of what it will look like and the quantities of materials required. A garden hose, spray paint, a some stakes and string are all great ways to visualise the pathway.
Once you’ve marked out the pathway, you can start calculating how many square metres your path will be. Use the measuring tape to obtain a final figure.
Great paving brings elegance and practical appeal to your outdoor spaces. Outdoor pavers come in a range of versatile and attractive options to suit any backyard or driveway.
Use sandstone to introduce the colours of the seaside, rivers and earth to your home. The natural colours of sandstone pavers harmonise with water features such as pools and fountains while setting off greenery. There is wide variation in sandstone quality and this is usually reflected in the cost. Some sandstones are affected by salt from salt water pools so ask your supplier for test results for resistance to salt attack before contemplating its use for pool paving. Sandstone is unlikely to be affected if used around traditionally chlorinated pools.
Sandstone is a naturally forming sedimentary rock with a rich and earthy, yet elegant feel that blends into any landscape.
Sandstone is highly durable and versatile. Little maintenance is required. It’s also worth noting that sandstone ages very slowly and will tend to maintain its appearance many decades later. Sandstone is popular for anything from paving, tiling or cladding. Sandstone used outdoors can It can be cleaned easily with a high pressure water jet.
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If you are building a patio and can’t decide whether or not to use outdoor pavers, then I have some news for you. The truth about outdoor pavers, and especially sandstone pavers, is that they are not 100% maintenance free.
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Growing up in the heart of suburban Sydney, I’ve always been pretty well used to asphalt roads and concrete outdoor pavers. So you can imagine my surprise when, upon making my first trip to Europe, I discovered many of Europe’s older cities are still paved with cobblestones. Places like Istanbul, Prague and Bratislava are still heavily cobbled and their cobbled streets provide thoroughfares for vehicular traffic. While these streets proved to be a bumpy ride for the buses and bicycles that I made my way around Europe on, it lent these cities an undeniable sense of history and majesty. Cobbled streets may not be ideal for modern roads, but it got me thinking about other uses for cobblestone. Specifically, I was looking forward to heading back to my home in Australia and finding a way to introduce outdoor pavers with cobblestones to my front yard.
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Interlocking bricks that have concrete or other materials as their basic composition are generally known as outdoor pavers. They are also called paving stones, concrete pavers, or pavers. These concrete pavers are generally used in the beautification of homes, shops and offices to great effect.
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