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.
1. Don’t Overlook the ‘Boring’ Prep
Lovers of DIY can be so keen to get their hands dirty that they overlook the importance of taking time to examine their outdoor area and choose the right pavers, measure accurately and prepare the site. While we appreciate your enthusiasm, we can’t overstress the value that putting time, thought and effort into this preparation phase will bring to your final product.
2. Buy Extra Pavers
Even if you’ve measured twice, we can guarantee that it always pays to buy two or three extra concrete pavers. Accidents happen and this way if a paver gets chipped or cracked you’ll have a spare on hand to finish the job.
3. Have the Right Tools Ready
There are many tools needed for a backyard paving project. Once you get started, you’re not going to want to pause the job to look for a mallet or a shovel, so make sure you have everything you need before your start. If you’re lacking some of the necessary larger tools, don’t let this put you off – hire companies are an excellent resource so you can borrow that paver splitter or screed board to get the job done right.
4. Enlist Help
DIY is a great excuse to get a bunch of people around working towards a common goal. If you need to pave a driveway or pathway, you don’t have to plug away on your own – use this as an opportunity to spend quality time with mates or family members. Enlist help and have fun, after all that’s half the reason we take on these homegrown projects!
5. Remember Maintenance
Once the concrete pavers are laid, you can step back and enjoy your hard work. But don’t let your efforts be in vain – maintaining the newly laid pavers will extend their shelf-life and let you relish your handy work for years to come. Regularly sweep away dirt and leaves to keep the pavers clean and scrub them with hot soapy water followed by a good hose-off once in a while to keep stains at bay.
Have plans to lay concrete pavers for your home garden, pool surround, driveway or pathway? Start by talking to NZ’s concrete paving manufacturers Slatecrete.
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