Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Some things to remember while doing Crazy Paving

Amelie is here guest hosting about some things to remember before doing some paving. Check out these great ideas! 

When you do paving on the ground with irregular pieces of stone flags, the paving is called crazy paving. Think of it like a jigsaw puzzle where the pieces are pieces are asymmetrical in nature. Nowadays it has gone out of fashion. It is also called random paving. If you want to decorate your exterior place with some unique design then you can install some crazy paving and in this regard, you need to choose some well decorated paving slats and place them on your garden path.
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Things to know about crazy paving:

A lot of people think that crazy paving is cheaper than regular paving. But in reality, it is just the opposite, due to the hours spent in fitting the pieces into the puzzle. However, if it is seen from the POV of the contractor, it actually costs more. Labor costs are definitely higher when going about crazy paving.
The benefit of crazy paving is that it minimizes the amount of the mortar you will need on the surface when finishing. Mortar happens to be the structural weakness of the pavement, and it can provide better longevity that other paving. So, in this way, you can save your long-term investment and maintenance cost.

Can someone do crazy paving without help?

You can do the crazy paving with some DIY tools, but it is suggested to hire some professionals to complete this task with utmost perfection. Remember that the stones will not be available at any merchants place nowadays and you have to get in touch with some stone dealers for the raw materials.  The best stone for this purpose is sandstone. Apart from that, you can easily purchase the other required materials such as cement, sand and adhesive.
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Some DIY techniques for build up your crazy paving:

However, it is best to seek professional help when laying crazy paving. They use tools like wheelbarrows, shovels, cement mixers, hammers, string lines, pins, tape measures, gloves and chisels.  But still it is strongly recommended to hire some professionals for this job because they are trained and they can do it better then you.
  • Normally, this kind of paving is laid on hard surfaces, like concrete for example. It can also be laid on soft surfaces. If laying on a soft surface, a base will be needed and this is provided by compacted road base. The thickness of the paving stone is between 40 and 50 mm, and it varies according to amount of expected traffic.
  • Lay the paving stones on the road base. Assemble them like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.  The large gaps will have to be filled in with trimmed, smaller pieces of stone. Check how it looks and take a photograph to keep a track of progress made.
  • The mortar needs to be mixed after that. It is the component that will act as an adherent for the paving stones. The ideal mix of mortar should be 3 parts of sand to 1 part of cement and it should be wet to the touch, before application.
  • The mix has to be placed under the stones, one at a time, and the stones have to be leveled after that. The mortar mix plays a vital role, and if you see rain on the horizon, which will wet the mix anyway, it is recommended to use a dry mix.
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There are many advantages of crazy paving stones. They are extremely durable and can easily handle a lot of traffic without breaking or chipping. There are many options for crazy paving stones, with different colors and you can go ahead with customization to enhance the look of your house.


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