Paving: When is the best time?

The timing of your driveway paving and paved pathways is crucial to the final look of the paving. If paving is being installed when there are still too many heavy materials being delivered to the site it may cause damage and unnecessary wear to the freshly paved surfaces.  Heavy and dusty base stone are compacted into place, using the noisy and heavy machinery needed can negatively affect trees and plants. For this reason it is highly advisable that any landscape planting adjacent to proposed paved areas be delayed until the pathways and driveway paving have been installed.

Before the base layer of aggregate is compacted into place, and long before any paving materials are delivered , services required to your home need to be accommodated for by installing a plastic sleeves across the driveway. This will avoid having to dig up trenches through your completed paving for last minute Telkom or Eskom connections. The following services should be considered for this sleeve:

·       Telecommunications

·       Garden lighting and driveway lighting  cables

·       Irrigation piping

·       Certain housing estates specify sleeves for the Estates’ various services that need to cross your driveway

·       Mains water and or power supply if necessary

When considering when to lay paving, the only seasonal factor to consider is rainfall. For timeous and efficient paving installations one does not want rain to delay the work schedule. Some climatic conditions such as rainfall plays a very large role in ‘rain day delays'. In those types of climates one would definitely plan to install paving in the dryer months of the year.

The rule of thumb is:

1.     Choose a dry week

2.     Get all the dirty work done as efficiently as possible

3.     Compliment your paving investment with a beautifully designed and layed out landscape.