Plan First. Mark the area you plan to pave with pieces of string or chalk.
This will give you an idea of how your paving will look and also to give you straight edges to work with.
Don’t forget to allow for storm water run-off. Good drainage is essential.
Ensure your area is flat and compacted using road-base, sand or concrete depending on the area.
Work out the area to be paved in square metres, multiply the length by the width e.g. 4m x 5m = 20 square metres.
Work out the amount of Road Base you will require , Paving Area _____m2 x [layer depth(mm) / 1000 = _____m3 Road Base.
Work out the correct amount of Bedding Sand you will require Paving Area _____m2 x [20mm / 1000] = _____m3 Bedding Sand.
Allow up to 10% extra pavers for wastage such as cuts and broken or damaged pavers.
Paving must slope away from the building to allow for run off.
Pavers should be flush with the lawn and be laid on your flat and compacted road-base, sand, or concrete.
Compact thoroughly using a vibrating plate compactor, checking that the base drains in the required direction.
Lay pavers from one corner or a fixed object (e.g. House Wall).
Use string lines to keep your edges straight
Pavers should be laid with at least a 3mm Gap, this will prevent chipping
Try not to walk on the compacted base. Walk on the pavers you have already laid.
Try to avoid walking on the egeges edges as they pavers may tilt and shift the sand or your base resulting in an uneven job.
Remember also that you will probably need to hire a diamond saw if you need to cut your pavers to fit edges
As soon as your pavers are laid they should be compacted to secure the paving in place.
This can be done using using a mechanical plate compactor with a piece of carpet or rubber mat under the compactor
This will prevent the pavers from being scratched, chipped or damaged (optional).
Once pavers are compacted, spread a layer of dry fine sand over your pavers and sweep into the gaps.