Paving Basics

The following principles will provide better understanding of the reasons paving is installed in the way we advocate throughout the world.

The six golden rules of paving are:

  1. You do not want paving to sag when trafficked.
  2. You do not want paving to creep sideways.
  3. You want water to drain from the paving.
  4. You want a smooth and even paved surface, with no high or low pavers.
  5. Paving blocks alone should not carry loads. Weight should be distributed to layers beneath the paving blocks.
  6. Paving needs maintenance.

It is important to remember:

  1. There is movement below the earth’s surface.
  2. Natural material in soil decomposes.
  3. The elements are harsh.
  4. There are minerals in soil, sand and stone.
  5. There is moisture in the soil.

For more information on paving installation, please refer to the following information:

Questions to ask a paving contractor

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Paving Installation Guide

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