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Brick Pavers

When it comes to outdoor flooring, brick paving is often the most commonly used method. Brick paving can utilise a range of different paving products from reconstituted limestone, to terracotta & bricks to concrete pavers. Pavers can be used to for paths, driveways and patio areas and are even used to make roads in some places around Australia.
Pavers offer a range of styles, shapes and colours to help meet your creative needs. One of the additional benefits of paving are their durability and there use in high traffic areas and yet maintain their good looks. Whilst the concept behind paving is simple, the application of pavers can be fraught with dangers that can turn your job into a money pit with poor results. The correct application by an experienced and qualified paving specialist can give great results and in some circumstances, last a lifetime.

What does a paving specialist do?

Professional paving specialists have a wide skill set that you can utilise to transform the exterior of your home. Paving specialists can:
- Colour & Style: Paving specialists can help you with the choice of colour and, style of paver that will compliment your home as well as be suitable for its intended use.
- Choice of material: Pavers are made out of many different materials. Depending upon how the paving will be used, will dictate the choice of material as well as the thickness of the paver.
- Ground Preparation: This is a critical step in paving. Poor preparation can mean the paving can sink after rain; pavers will be loose and could crack. The cost of rectifying this after pavers have been laid can be very costly and time consuming. Paving that will have cars driven on it requires more preparation to create a solid foundation. Additional materials, such as road base, is required to ensure the paving does not sink.
- Patterns: Paving specialists can create intricate patterns to make your paving stand out from the crowd. Not only can they utilise different coloured pavers, but also different materials to create a truly beautiful piece of artwork that is also highly functional!
- Drainage: Whilst ensuring the paving has a nice flat surface is important, drainage is vital. Drainage is when water is allowed to flow away from the paving to an area that will remove excess liquids such as rain water. All flooring in outdoor areas (and wet areas) requires a slight slope to allow water to runoff. In wet areas this leads to drains. Outdoor flooring can allow the water to run off towards a drain or grass/garden areas. Drains must of sufficient size to be able to deal with the expected quantity of water. Professional pavers can help you assess this.
Whilst some materials are cheaper than others, selecting the right material for your job is critical to having long lasting and quality finish. Professional paving specialists understand government regulations on paving selection as well as approved methods for laying cross-overs for driveways.
The cost for paving will vary depending on the details of your job. Some factors to take into consideration are paving area size, extent of ground preparation, paving material, colours, finishes, patterns, amount of paver modifications required. In simple terms, the bigger and the more complicated the job, the more it will cost.

Choosing a Paving Specialist

When choosing a paving specialist, there are a few basic checks that you need to do when to ensure a quality job with little stress.
1. Is the paving specialist qualified & experienced? Qualified and experienced paving specialist help ensure a quality job that is compliant with government regulations. Whilst licensing details do vary from state to state, ensure you check with your local building or trades commission to get the exact details.
2. Are they insured? Check to insure that they have the relevant insurance coverage for themselves and any work they do. This includes Workers Compensation and Liability Insurance.
3. Correct Paperwork. Written quotes and guarantees, certificates of installation are a few of the necessary documents that the paving specialist can provide. These should be provided at the completion of the job and before the paving specialist leaves the jobsite. These documents ensure that the work has been done by a qualified paving specialist and may be required for insurance claims, building inspections or on resale of your home.
4. Warranty. Ensure that you receive a copy of the paving specialist’s written warranty. This document will tell you exactly what is under warranty and what is not. Also ask what actions are required by you to maintain the warranty. This may include regular inspections or periodical resealing of certain types of pavers.
As with any other trade, ensure you understand what the paving specialist will be doing before they commence the job, how long it will take and the costs. Finally, ensure you get multiple quotes for your job and ensure the quotes are based on the same information for ease of comparison.