How to lay Paving Stones to make them Last
The preparation that has to be carried out before the laying of paving stones will totally depend on its intended use and placement site conditions. If the ground where you plan to build the paved area is firm, you will probably only need to remove the turf and the topsoil to a certain depth but if you plan to drive on the paved area, you’ll need to put concrete slab underneath the mortar bed.
Whatever the ground condition and the intended use of the paved path, one thing is for certain and that’s the entire project area will need to be levelled off.
If you plan to pave a large area using natural stone slabs, it’s a good idea to mix your paving solution from 3-4 different packs. Doing this will give your patio a much more natural look by allowing the colours to blend nicely together and it will help to improve any shade variances that may occur as a result of using different packs.
- Use a wet mortar mix of 1 part cement to 5 parts building sand. Begin by troweling five large slabs of mortar at each corner and in the middle of each slab.
- Due to the variations that can be seen with paving stones, it’s a good idea to start with the thickest stone of the pile and tap it down (using a rubber mallet) into the mortar until you find the correct level at which you want it to set.
- Once you have the first stone in its place, lay the five spots of mortar for the next one.
- Using a spirit level to ensure that all stones are properly in position, continue this process until the entire area has been covered.
Following the techniques that are outlined above and ensuring that you carry out regular cleaning and maintenance checks will ensure that your paving stones are laid to last.
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