Installed with a full concrete base or cheaper sand base. Ideal for shed bases or utility areas.
Easy to clean
Suitable for driveways
Concrete paving is used as standard by many companies because it is a cost effective way to create a hard usable surface.
With decorative options available, concrete paving can be used to create great looking designs, shed bases and utility areas.
Here are the main considerations for maintaining concrete paving:
Regular Cleaning: One of the most important aspects of maintaining concrete paving is regular cleaning. Dirt, grime, and debris can build up over time and cause discoloration or staining. To avoid this, it’s recommended to sweep or hose down your concrete paving regularly to remove any debris or dirt.
Sealing: Concrete paving should be sealed to protect it from staining, moisture damage, and weathering. A sealant will also help to keep the color looking fresh and vibrant. It’s recommended to seal your concrete paving every 2-3 years to maintain its appearance and protect it from damage.
Repairing Cracks: Concrete paving can crack over time, especially in areas with extreme weather conditions. It’s important to repair any cracks as soon as possible to prevent them from spreading and causing further damage. Small cracks can be filled with a crack-filling compound, while larger cracks may require a complete replacement of the affected area.
Removing Stains: Stains on concrete paving can be difficult to remove. It’s important to avoid using harsh chemicals that can damage the surface. Instead, use a mild detergent and warm water to clean the area. For more stubborn stains, such as oil or grease, a specialized concrete cleaner may be required.
Avoid Heavy Loads: Heavy vehicles or equipment should be kept off concrete paving to prevent damage. If heavy loads are required on the paving, it’s recommended to reinforce the area with additional concrete or a paving system designed for heavy loads.
By following these maintenance considerations, you can keep your concrete paving looking fresh and new for years to come.
Our expert team follows a set process for installing concrete paving.
Preparation: First, the area where the concrete paving will be installed must be prepared. This involves removing any existing paving, plants, or debris, and leveling the ground to create a smooth and even surface.
Base Layer: Concrete paving can be installed on a self-binding gravel base, which is much cheaper than a compacted hardcore or crushed stone base. The gravel is spread evenly over the prepared ground and compacted to create a stable and level base for the concrete paving.
Laying the Paving: The concrete paving is then laid on top of the self-binding gravel base, starting from one end of the area and working towards the other end. The paving is laid in a pattern that has been previously planned and measured. The stones are then tapped into place with a rubber mallet or a hammer and wooden block to ensure they are level and stable.
Cutting the Paving: As the paving is laid, some stones may need to be cut to fit around corners, edges, or curves. This is done using a specialist saw with a diamond blade to create a clean and accurate cut.
Finishing: Unlike sandstone paving, concrete paving does not require pointing. Once all the paving stones are in place, the joints between them are left unfilled, as the tight fit of the stones creates a natural interlocking effect.