If you’ve decided to install new paving and have started looking into it, you’ll see there is a lot of information and options so it can be difficult to know where to start. Slatecrete has created a handy guide on the first steps to choosing pavers for your next home or commercial project - read on and find out more!
1. Define your project
Are you intending to lay new pavers indoors, outdoors, for your own home or a commercial project? From patios, pool surrounds and pathways, to gardens and driveway edging, there’s a multitude of pavers available. The first step is to define exactly what it is you wish to create, the size of space you’re planning on paving, and then find the paving options available to your specific project.
2. Research prices and companies
Budget is quite often a leading consideration, as well as quality. Make sure you take some time to research the best-suited pavers for your project and gather information on quality, styles, installation and prices.
Slatecrete’s supplies customers throughout New Zealand, using only high-quality concrete paving products, rigid quality control and first-class technical support. You can contact Slatecrete paving experts to arrange a free, no-obligation on-site consultation and quote. You will be shown examples of work, different design options and recommended a practical solution for your project.
3. Keep in mind your climate
Exposure to the elements affects concrete pavers. Be mindful of areas that will receive a lot of sun or rain exposure. Muted colours tend to work well in an area that gets a lot of sun due to fading. Concrete is an excellent option as it’s highly durable and stands up to any weather and it ages naturally and beautifully.
4. Add a creative flair
There are so many options to choose from, whether you want a look that complements the colour of your home, or something different to refresh your space with a new colour pallet. Pavers also come in a variety of shapes, styles, sizes and finishes. The most popular trending styles are greys, blacks, warm neutrals, natural textures, and a mix-and-match look.
5. Choose to DIY or a professional labourer
Safety needs to be considered as a priority when it comes to installation. We always recommend using a professional paving contractor for the best finish. We have various contractors that we have worked with for many years that we can put you in contact with or organise this on your behalf as part of your quote to save you time. If you are a DIY person or wanting to give it a go yourself, it can be done! Check out our guides for DIY installation.
Make your way through the first five steps and you will be well on your way to a perfectly paved project that ticks all your boxes.
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At Slatecrete, we are DIY enthusiasts and know that, as NZ-ers, many of our customers are too. If you have decided to undertake a concrete paving project in your own backyard, good on ya! Here are a few tips from our team of experts at Slatecrete Paving to help your next at-home concrete pavers job go as smoothly as possible.