Interlocking and Paving
Paving just looks fantastic and carefully crafted interlocking paving looks even better, but did you know the other advantages to interlocking paving? In terms of colors and patterns there is no limit to the combinations you can have – pretty much anything you can imagine to match the style of your house, property, or yard. It's incredibly durable, but because of the flexibility of individual pavers and their interlock pattern it is always possible to lift a single slab where maintenance is required or for accessing utility cables or pipes. Unlike concrete slabs or tarmac an interlocking paved area can be adjusted to allow for ground movement and will naturally rise and fall with the changing water levels over the seasons without cracking and requiring repair. Plus did we mention it looks fantastic?
Where to Lay Interlocking Paving
Interlocking paving does absolute wonders for your curb appeal so the trick is to imagine your paved areas as seen both from the doorway/window of your home and also the approach to it. Driveways and carports are obvious areas where the drainage benefits of interlocking pavers will really shine through. Balconies, terraces, and courtyards look spectacular with interlocking pavers. Smaller areas like pathways and edging are also spectacular if carefully matched with larger paved spaces. Let us come to your property, whether commercial or residential and take a look around before drawing up a plan with you showing just how it can look and explaining why interlocking paving is one of the most greenery-friendly paving approaches you can have, even for larger spaces.
Preparing the Ground
Just dropping pavers in a rough pattern on unprepared ground will look like you've decided to invest in a rubble plantation. For interlocking pavers to really work there needs to be a carefully drawn up ground plan, and then careful preparation of the sub base. That means compacting the sub base carefully, laying geotextile fabric, laying a layer of sand and installing edge restraints as well as the pavers and the infill between them. It's a job for the pros.
Paving over ground, especially paving over large areas like driveways and carports can often bring environmental problems especially with drainage. Concreted surfaces and tight pattern paving mean that water flows off them, depriving the soil and roots underneath of water. The run off can affect local groundwater levels too. Interlocked pavers don't have that problem since they are typically permeable and have a gap between each adjoining edge which is filled with permeable material. In fact a skilled interlocking paver will assess the drainage before starting to pave and grade the gaps and their filling to best cope with the likely rainfall and drainage issues.
Yes to be honest there is a little more maintenance with interlocking pavers than, say a dull slab of concrete, and plants will grow between the pavers. That's a small price to pay for the increased value to your home and improved good looks that they bring and we are more than happy to arrange scheduled visits to your home to trim any unwanted growth between pavers and ensure they are level and aligned.