Slab paving is a great material to use to create an attractive and practical driveway, path or patio. Whether you’re hiring a professional or thinking of trying DIY, here’s a quick guide to how it’s done.
Firstly, you’ll need to mark out where your slabs are going to go. This includes calculating the fall – it’s important to get this right so the area drains easily. Then you’ll need to remove any turf in the area and dig it down to the right depth.
Next, you need to lay the sub-base. You can use compacted hardcore to do this, followed by a layer of sharp sand or all-in ballast as a blinding coat.
Then, you’ll be ready to lay your paving slabs. Lay a 6cm layer of mortar and put your paving slab on top. Tap the slab into position and fill in any gaps underneath with mortar. Use position spacers and a spirit level to make sure your paving is uniform and level.
After you’ve laid your paving, you’ll need to leave it for at least 48 hours to allow it to set.