Paving and shaping the driveway


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To a beautiful home also includes a beautiful driveway. After all, this too is part of the married home, which is often, if not daily, viewed.
If you want something as variable as possible in shape and color, which has many design options, should consider paving the house entrance. Or pave, if you can not do it yourself.
Before starting to work, the client should consider how exactly the driveway should look like and get the corresponding material. When paving, this means: He needs paving stones, gravel and split and some tools to lay the stones as intended. The big advantage of paving stones is that you get them in different colors and shapes. So it is even possible to put patterns in the driveway when combining different types of paving stones. There is no limit to the imagination, as long as the pattern fits into the existing square meters.
Paving the driveway
The paving itself is not as easy as it may seem at first glance. It is important that the foundation is right before the beginning of the Stone Cloak.
Therefore, a small excavation of the surface is made first, so that the paving stones later lie well in the ground and do not wobble. The height of this excavation depends on the height of the paving stones, but also on the amount and height of the ballast below. So the excavation height can be between 15cm and 35cm. If a garage entrance paved or a parking space, thicker Unterschotter and thus a deeper excavation is recommended so that the pavement can withstand the daily requirements, without it quickly to driving grooves.
After the excavation has been completed, so a layer (possibly feinkiesiger) gravel is poured. The grain of the stones should be here at 10mm to 45mm. The filling height is between 10cm and 20cm, depending on whether the driveway is busy and which pavers were chosen. After pouring in, the ballast must be compacted. This is done with a so-called vibrating machine, which can be lent in a hardware store. This process is also called "shaking off". If the gravel is solid, a layer of chippings is scattered over it, the optimum grain size of the stones is between 2mm and 8mm. It should be filled to a maximum of 5cm and then pulled straight. This is also called "leveling". The finished level can then be checked with a leveling device. If necessary, it must be tightened, because it is important that this area is really straight, otherwise the paving stones may slip later.
Then you can start with the paving itself. Depending on the pattern, this is done on a straight side. Important is also a guideline, according to which the craftsman orientated and the pavement straight, how to lay evenly.
The width of the joints depends on the pattern and type of pavers. When buying the stones, the buyer should receive instructions on how to use them when laying the paving stones. This guide also shows how exactly the laying of the pattern is started, how the guideline is to be handled and also the joint width is set out here.
In general, however, the joint width is between 3mm and 6mm.
For possible edges and adaptations of individual stones, a concrete cutter is used with which you can bring the stones into the appropriate shape for the continuous pattern.
If the paving stones are all as desired, the finished surface is "sanded". That means. That (in most cases and recommended) quartz sand is spread over the surface and into the joints.
If you want a hard-wearing surface, then you should go with a surface vibrator on the finished surface, where you work here from outside to inside. It is also recommended a rubber coating on the bottom of the vibrator, so that no damage to the paving stones themselves occur.
After shaking, it may be necessary to pour quartz sand over the surface again and open areas must be returned.
If all joints are then secured with sand, the finished plaster is sprayed with a garden hose, so that the excess sand disappears. This is also called "slurry".
design options
The creativity in the design of the courtyard entrance are generally no limits. Of course you do not have to pave the entire available area, you can also pave only part and make a part with flowerbeds, lawns or trees.
Smaller beds in the paving, which can be beautifully planted seasonally, are especially beautiful. It also gives you warmth and a sense of home.
For friends of vine plants, there are many beautiful structures that can be set up where the plants can (even in beautiful patterns) hochranken. That too gives a nice look on the driveway.
Even smaller walls or the like as a delimitation embellish driveways significantly more than simple metal fences.
Many beautiful ideas (and on request, a consultation) may also provide a visit to the landscape gardener.

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