When you’re looking for a new brick paved driveway or luxurious patio it’s important to choose time served local craftsmen to carry out a professional installation. At Total Paving we have the right qualifications for the job to carry out your paving work to the very highest standard and we provide up to a 2-year guarantee and multi-million dollar public liability insurance cover to give you peace of mind when it comes to improving your home.
From design to supply to installation, we are there every step of the way to make the process as easy for you as we possibly can. No job is too big or too small, we pride ourselves on providing a personal service and the highest quality of work.
Your Construction Process
The two main things that need to be considered when deciding on what you would like to achieve with your paving; the style of pavers used, and the base it is laid on. We work with a wide range of different materials, from regular brick through to sandstone and even concrete slabs. With such a diverse range of materials on offer, it can be overwhelming trying to decide on the best option for your home.
The first factor to be considered in the process is the amount and type of traffic that the paving will need to bear, as there is considerably more stress placed on your new driveway by a 2 tonne 4WD, than the stress that goes from having a 120kg BBQ and Outdoor setting on your new patio. Knowing this use will help us guide you in the paver size and materials that best suit your needs.
The other main factor affecting your new paving is the base we lay it on. We carefully consider the traffic, water runoff and stress on the edging of your new pavers to work out how to ensure you get the best end result, not just at the time your new paving is laid, but for many years to come.
Our team understands the intricacies of what is required to produce the results you want, at the price that fits within your budget and it we would love to help you!
Once construction of your new paving job begins, there are 4 stages – just click on each one to find out more:
Once we know what sort of traffic the area you wish to have paved is carrying, we need to clearly define the area to excavate to the appropriate required depth. There are three elements that influence how deep we need to dig, the sizes of the base layer, the bedding layer and the depth of the pavers, and total depth can vary from 50mm to upwards of 200mm in residential environments.
Regardless of the size and depth, we’ll get the area prepared for you, either using heavy machinery or on smaller jobs, we’ll bend our backs to dig it out! After they know what the job entails, some clients elect to dig the area out themselves to save money, which is a great way for you to trim the costs on your project!
The key to a good paving job is actually the part you cannot see, as the base layers will affect the quality of the paving layer above. Our base layers are made up of two parts:
Base Layer – This is known by many names but is generally a road base or gravel type material that has been compacted down to form a layer that is very resistant to movement. If the paving is to take heavy vehicle traffic a base layer of up to 100mm is recommended.
Bedding Layer – This layer goes on top of the base layer to form a smooth even surface to lay the pavers on, and is made of brickies sand, which has a good clay content to allow the sand to harden over time. The bedding layer is generally 20-40mm, and on patios and lightly used areas may be the only layer. We adjust the line falls are adjusted to allow for water runoff and drainage.
At this stage, we also ensure water will either runoff or drain through your paving properly, thus giving you a base that will last for years to come.
You can have your pavers laid in many different patterns, only your imagination is the limit! You can see some of the more commonly used patterns here, along with some of the advantages and disadvantages of each. If you have chosen a more complicated pattern (particularly involving curves or circles) this will affect the price of the job as the amount of work required can go up considerably compared to commonly used patterns.
A header (outside) course is recommended for strength and stability, locking the paving in place.
Ironically, while the base and preparation takes the most time, this stage of the process happens very quickly. Once the job is laid we mark and cut around obstacles like drains or fence posts to ensure a streamlined look to your new pavers.
Once your paving has been laid, the last stage of the process is to secure the paving in place.
We use a protective layer under our compactors and run them over the new paving to fix the pavers in their proper place and create a smooth finish. On top of this, we use a filling agent between the gaps in the pavers, which helps lock them in place and prevent movement.
The final construction step is to either bed some of the header pavers on cement or create a cement edging to secure pavers in place (also known as haunching).
Last but not least, we clean the area leaving you with a magnificent new paving job you’ll be proud of!
A Guarantee You Can Count On
Your home is your pride and joy, and getting work done that significantly changes the appearance of your home is a big decision. We understand the desire for security, that’s why we offer a 2-year guarantee on our workmanship. This gives you the peace of mind to know that your job is of the highest quality and will last you for many years to come.