Raving About Brick Paving
Paving with brick has always been a popular way for homeowners to add both strength and style to their driveways, patios, and walkways. Bricks are renowned for their natural beauty, durability, and affordability and can be laid in an almost infinite variety of patterns to suit the look and feel of your home.
If you are planning on paving your outdoor areas, here are some steps to get you started:
- Measure the area you intend to pave and multiply the width and length to calculate the square meters. This will give you an idea of how many bricks you need.
- Choose a style of brick in a colour that matches the décor of your home. Ensure that you buy 10 percent more bricks than your calculations indicate to make up for any damage or breakage during installation.
- Use marking paint or chalk to outline the space that you will be paving so you can visualise the way it will look.
- Dig up the soil to a depth equal to that of the bricks you’ve bought. Be sure to clear away all rocks and debris from the excavated area.
- When ready to lay your bricks, spread a layer of cement; working in small zones at a time.
- Create an edging by standing the bricks on end and tapping them into place with a rubber mallet. This will allow your new path, driveway or patio to keep its shape and stay tight.
- Lay the bricks in the pattern you desire
- Apply brick sealer to the top of the bricks as this will reduce moss and mould build-up.
If you do not feel comfortable doing the paving yourself, you could always hire a professional to help.
Paving with brick not only looks great but has a number of other benefits such as being slip and skid resistant, recyclable, easy to replace and virtually maintenance-free. A beautifully bricked driveway, patio or walkway will give you a long-lasting, attractive surface capable of enduring years of wear and tear.