HOW TO PAVE A DRIVEWAY – Paving a driveway is not overly difficult providing you ensure that you work on level ground and that the ground has good drainage. In this guide we provide a practical step by step approach on how to lay paving for driveways.
Take a measuring tape, pen, paper and wooden stakes. Measure out the width and length of the driveway and place the wooden stakes either side and down both lengths to plot out the driveway you intend to pave.
Dig out about 4″ to 6″ deeper than the paving stones or blocks you intend to use.
Use a commercial compactor to compact the dug out area. You can hire one of these from your local DIY tool hire shop.
Take your measurements, the width, length and depth to your local builders merchant and order the sand, cement, curbing stones and paving slabs or paving stones.
Pour the sand, compact and level it.
Stall your curbing stones, ensuring these are straight and level. Cement these into place.
Sprinkle cement over the sand and lay your paving slabs or stones in a pattern you want.
Use a mallet and a spirit level to tap and level each paver in place.
Once you have covered your entire driveway mix up some sand and concrete dry, 1 Part concrete and 4 Parts sand.
Sweep the dry mixture over the drive and fill all spaces. Clean up any excess and sprinkle the area with water, but don’t saturate it.
Leave the driveway to settle for a few days before using. It is a good idea, if you want to keep your paved driveway looking great, to clean and seal your driveway – this will help prevent stains, such as oil, from penetrating the paving stones.