Sunday, 24 July 2011
PATHS - BRICK PAVING
Paving can look really smart around a property and help to successfully utilise the the outdoor space. Brick pavers are often used to create pathways and driveways around a property, and this can look great if done successfully. However, give some thought to creating beds and features in the paving to avoid a bland mass of paving.
When laying a path you need to ensure you have a sufficient base onto which to lay the surface. Brick paths require a bed of compacted hardcore to a depth of 7.5 cm. Once you have marked out your path, dig out the soil to a depth which will to accommodate both your hardcore and brick. Ensure your path is level in order to allow rain water to run off the surface. You will need to allow a fall in gradient of 1:60 so set one edge slightly lower than the other.
Screed with a semi-dry 1:4 layer of mortar across the width of the path and lay the bricks onto this, leaving them slightly proud to a height of 1 cm above the edging board. Place an edging board across the path and tap the bricks into place until they are flush with edging. Brush the joints with a dry 1:4 mortar mix.
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