Learn about Paving
Paving involves more than bricks alone. We want to help you to buy or specify a paving installation that will last for 50 years. The intention of this section of the website is not to sell our products. Even if you decide to buy from another supplier, use this section to understand paving and the concepts around it. In this section we will refer to various international guidelines and other factual information. Yes, when it comes to the concepts around segmented paving, South Africa is not different to the rest of the world, irrespective of what the installer claims who has been doing it for 30 years. Also beware, even though segmented paving has proven itself since Roman times, things could go horribly wrong. We will try to objectively share common problems encountered with concrete and segmented paving and how to avoid them.
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The concept of segmented paving installed on an aggregate base, has been used for centuries. The Romans built a network of roads, some of them still functional today. This proves that done properly, a pavement paved with segmented paving could last for centuries.
How it works?
Weight is distributed to adjacent pavers and the aggregate base beneath the pavers.
The greatest problem
It costs money and takes time and effort to dig op soil found on site and replace it with a foundation of road building material, not to mention its compaction. Through the years, all kinds of shortcuts has been developed in South Africa in order to bypass this essential element of segmented paving and it has been proven time and time again, it does not work and it is not worth it. Please note: Bedding sand is NOT the foundation.