Paving installation may look as if it’s all about proper positioning. But there’s more to the process than what meets the eye. This is why the final outcome is not the same with different pavers. Some pavements crack, pop, stain, and discolour when they should have been still going strong. The end result is not just dependent on the paving materials but also the installation process.
Common paving mistakes to avoid.
Lack of Foresightedness
The goal with every paving project should be to ensure the pavement looks brilliant and stays fantastic for decades. It should be secure and strong enough to endure externalities such as acid rain, scorching sun, encroaching tree roots, and most importantly the constantly moving earth surface.
Paving provides excellent strength and rigidity as a floor cover but it’s also susceptible to the earth’s constant contraction, expansion, and warping caused due to weather changes and ground movement. This means the engineering team should clearly ascertain the position of contraction, expansion, and construction joints before starting work.
You need not have a detailed plan before the start of the project. But there should at least be a rough sketch in place about what you’re trying to accomplish. The plan should highlight the proposed pavement’s dimensions and length, along with the foundation’s structural profile. The plan ensures the project doesn’t derail or deviate midway. And even if you believe your plan is good, do not hesitate to get a second opinion on it from an experienced professional.
Not Using Mortar Additives
Mortar additives help significantly improve workability, elasticity and adhesion. In other words, these additives ensure neat installation and long-term adherence to the concrete foundation. A standard mortar mix that comprises only cement and sand doesn’t bode well for engineered stone setups. These mortar additives come in extremely handy when setting up large format pavers.
Improper Paver Handling
Before installation, the pavers have to be stowed away some place. Though durable, these paving stones should be properly safeguarded before being laid. However, most construction professionals do not give much importance to stone preservation and storage, and subject the stones to the elements. As a result, the stones look stained and worn-out. Proper storage is important because these stones should have a consistent appearance when stacked by side, unlike natural stone that’s revered for its variation.
Poorly Mixed Mortar
Sometimes, a project may be running late, causing crucial stages of the project to be done in haste. Poor mortar mixing is one such careless mistake usually committed. If the mortar is not mixed well, it could later become time-consuming and expensive to rectify.
An established paver like SouthCity Landscaping knows mortar mixing is both an art and science, which is why the responsibility of the mixing is seldom handed over to an inexperienced member of the project crew. Call SouthCity Landscaping today if you want an expert paver who won’t commit the blunders most inexperienced pavers are typically guilty of.