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All Your Questions About Pavers Answered

Posted on 18 Jan 2024

What you need to know about pavers?

Believe it or not, there's more to choosing the right paver for your project than just picking your favourite colour and shape.

While the look of your pavers is certainly an important consideration, did you know that their depth and the material they are made out of can impact what they can be used for?

Read on to see our answers to some of the most frequently asked paving questions we get here at Midland Brick.

What are the benefits of choosing pavers?

Durable

Pavers are a long lasting product to choose for your area. When they’re laid correctly and are taken care of, pavers will maintain their newly installed finish.

Aesthetic

As they’re available in a range of colours, finishes, sizes, and styles, pavers are a great choice if you want to create a nice outdoor home style.

Appropriate for many locations

Pavers can be used in many outdoor spaces, such as:

  • Patio or alfresco areas
  • Pool areas
  • General walkways / paths
  • Driveways - both commercial and residential

Some are permeable to water

If the area you’re paving is prone to flooding, permeable pavers could be a solution to consider as they’re designed to encourage water to filter through the pavement surface to the ground below.

This allows for fast draining, and can ease the pressure on stormwater systems.

Learn more about the benefits of permeable paving.

Do different pavers have different uses?

If your paving project will be carrying pedestrian traffic only (for example, a backyard patio or pool area), 40mm pavers are a suitable solution.

For projects requiring additional strength to hold light vehicles (i.e. residential driveways), most 50mm or 60mm pavers will be sufficient for this job.

Please take note though that while many 50mm pavers can be used for residential driveways, most councils require pavers to be at least 60mm or more in depth for the crossover (the bit of driveway between the boundary of your property and the curb).

Our recommendation is to check with your local council before purchasing your pavers if the project will include the crossover.

For large commercial works such as roads, car parks or buildings, consider pavers over 60mm in depth to ensure they can withstand the weight, wear and tear they will be subjected to.

Do you have to use thick pavers for driveways, or is this a myth?

It’s not a myth! You usually need at least a 60mm paver , especially for the crossover.

Of equal importance is the sub-base laid before the pavers. While not always required for foot traffic areas, if your pavers are to be used for a driveway, correctly preparing the site is essential to ensure you do all you can to minimise rutting (sinking), paver movement and other damage.

Are clay or concrete pavers better?

There are pros and cons for both types of pavers.

The colour in clay pavers is fired in during the production process, so they will not fade and they can be more resilient when it comes to cleaning. However, due to the manufacturing process required, clay pavers are usually only available in smaller formats.

Concrete pavers, on the other hand, are available in a variety of sizes and are able to be manufactured in a variety of colours since oxide is used to achieve coloration, but they may weather more so than clay. At Midland Brick, we recommend you seal concrete pavers; this may not be as necessary for clay.

Can you lay pavers yourself?

Absolutely!

The most simplified process for laying pavers is:

  1. Prepare the ground and compact the ground so it’s completely level.
  2. Spread sand as the final level before paving.
  3. Start placing your pavers down, making sure to use pavers from every pack. This helps to blend the colours evenly if there are any inconsistencies between paving packs.
  4. Complete a final compaction and fill all joints with either sand or jointing sand.
  5. If you’re looking at paving a sloped or irregularly shaped area, it’s best to hire a professional as it’s much harder to achieve a consistent and stable finish.

To read more information on the best way to ensure success when laying pavers yourself, visit our comprehensive guide.

Do I need to use a sealer on my pavers?

Sealers aren’t needed for every paving type, however we always recommend sealing your concrete masonry pavers. Sealing is especially recommended for concrete pavers to:

  • Increase the vibrancy of colour
  • Protect colour from weathering due to sun exposure
  • Help repel stains

Important tip: If using clay pavers, make sure the sealer you select is suitable, as some sealers are only recommended for use on concrete products.

Explore our range of sealers.

How do I maintain my pavers?

Maintaining your pavers is a simple way to ensure they stay looking new and clean for longer. Our biggest tips for paver maintenance are:

  1. Make sure your pavers are laid correctly in the first place.
  2. Seal your pavers to help reduce staining.
  3. Keep your pavers clean with frequent sweeping and the occasional wash with a garden hose.
  4. Top up any paving joints that need a little bit of extra jointing sand to stop weeds or pests pushing through.

Find out more about how you can maintain your pavers over time.

How to keep pavers looking stain-free

Stains on your pavers are common, especially on driveways where they’re exposed to car oil and tyre tracks.

The best way to help reduce stains building up is by sealing them. This creates a protective layer, making it harder for the pavers to absorb stains. Sealer doesn’t prevent all stains, but it does go a long way in reducing them.

What’s the best paver pattern for driveways?

There are many patterns to choose from when deciding on how you’re going to pave your area.

For a driveway, the best paving pattern is the herringbone. This is where pavers are laid at 90 degrees to one another, forming an L shape. This repeating pattern helps to interlock the pavers, creating a stronger bond. The added strength is perfect for driveways supporting heavy vehicles.

Learn more about driveway pavers.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are paving seconds, yard specials or factory second pavers, and do you sell them?

Yes, Midland Brick sells all of the above when we have stock available!

Paving seconds, yard specials and factory second pavers are non-standard products and may fluctuate in size, colour and texture, and some may have minor chipping and cracking. hese can be used for cuts and infills. Non-standard products are available from Midland Brick branches only, and we recommend viewing them in-store before purchase.

We recommend that factory second pavers, paving seconds and yard specials are not used for driveways, crossovers or swimming pool surrounds, unless otherwise stated. Please check with your Midland Brick sales advisor prior to purchase. 

Does Midland Brick sell cheap pavers?

Are there special instructions for paving crossovers and driveways?

What type of sand should I use for paving?

How do I remove tyre marks from my clay pavers?

What about paving around salt water pools?

Does Midland Brick sell sealers?

My pavers vary slightly in colour. Is this normal?

What are Handmade pavers?

How do I cut my pavers?

What thickness pavers should I use?

 

To find out more about Midland Brick pavers, view our range online, call 13 15 40 to speak to a member of our Customer Service team, or visit us in store.

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