For residential paving, patios, pathways and domestic driveways LJP Landscaping Home Improvements offer great prices for excellent workmanship. Within our free no obligation quote, we will visit your premises and go through all the work that will be needed to give you the best possible patio.
We take into consideration, water run off, damp course height, utility accesses, slopes and dips, weight of traffic and function of area to help provide the best solution to gain a paved area that will last without slabs breaking lose over time.
At LJP Landscaping we like to lay our paving onto a compacted sub base stone and then we use the individual bedding method to make sure each slab is at the right height and correct fall. We cut the slabs to fill in any gaps and to keep any pattern going.
LJP Landscaping Home Improvements recommends a high quality, easy to use jointing compound to give your patio the best, hassle free finish.
Below are some methods for paving:
There are three popular methods of laying slabs: spot bedding, individual bedding and screed bedding. LJP Landscaping Home Improvements only recommends and uses individual bedding and screed bedding depending on area to be paved and what type of slab is used.
Spot bedding is an antiquated method that lays slabs onto five spots of mortar. Spot bedding has been found to create voids under the slabs, which can fill with water and wash away the Sub-Base resulting in rocking slabs. It also means the slab is un-supported where it bridges the void and can therefore crack and break more easily.
Individual bedding has a proven track record, and is necessary to accommodate slabs of varying thickness. Slabs are usually calibrated to the same thickness, therefore this method of individual bedding is more expensive and time-consuming method.
Screed Bedding is a very simple method of fixing calibrated slabs.
Make the bedding layer out of a dry mix of 10:1 sharp sand to cement 40-50mm thick. This should be laid on top of the Sub-Base which itself should have been laid to the appropriate falls for adequate drainage
Note. the surface of the Sub-Base should be well compacted and free from voids
Compact the bedding layer with two passes of a vibrating ‘wacker’ plate or vibrating roller and then the top 5-10mm scarified with a fine garden rake to assist bedding
Lay the slabs with the sawn face down onto the bedding course, carefully avoiding causing any indentations in the bed that might cause voids behind the slabs
Note. many slabs will have tapered edges, the top face of the slab is always the larger face.
Working from the top of slabs already laid, use their edge to support the next slab to be laid, which can be lowered down into place and tapped into position with a paver’s maul.