Paving Hints

There are basically two choices of paver material for paving an area:
1. Concrete blocks in various shapes and colours used for

  • Decorative paving around gardens, pools entertainment areas etc
  • Multi dwelling driveways, car parks and residential streets
  • Estate road developments
  • Light and heavy duty industrial areas
  • Specialised applications such as embankments, service stations, warehouse floors etc.

2. Clay blocks in various shapes and colours used for

  • Mainly decorative purposes as approximately 4 x the price of concrete pavers


  • CBP requires no maintenance whereas asphalt requires overlaying after some years of use
  • CBP is far more durable than asphalt
  • CBP can be easily removed and relayed if services underneath need attention
  • CBP can be easily added to in matching colours and pattern
  • CBP is far more aesthetically pleasing than asphalt
  • CBP has a high skid resistance and sheds water rapidly
  • Drainage channels can be easily built into a CBP design


1. Substrate – the bed upon which the pavers are laid

2. Subgrade – the existing soil / rock

3. Subbase – the imported layers of material used to reinforce the surface of the subgrade

4. Bedding sand – the layer of sand used to ‘bed’ the pavers

5. Jointing sand – the fine sand used between the paving blocks to create a more rigid surface

6. Edge restraints – concrete edging to hold the paved surface in place

7. Drainage – designed to channel rainwater away from the paved surface

The real cost of paving is in the correct preparation of the paver bed. If the preparation is defective in any of the above aspects, the paved surface will collapse and will have to be taken up and relayed. For this reason alone CBP is best left to the professionals.

As KwikPave says

“Paving is expensive. Bad paving is VERY expensive”