Indian Sandstone Installation Contractor's Hampshire
At G Lee Landscapes & Paving we are specialists in Indian Sandstone paving throughout Yateley as well as the rest of Hampshire.
We use only the finest selection of quality natural stone landscaping materials carefully selected from around the world to help transform any garden or driveway.
We have gained extensive expertise in sandstone paving over the past 25 years and have been the paving experts of choice helping to accommodate the growing demand for inspirational natural stone paving products. The collection includes circles, stepping stones, bullnosed flags and a stylish octagon feature that can be used to create an inviting sun trap. In addition, the broad selection of sandstone edgings is the perfect finishing touch for the perimeter of any pathway or paved area design.
All our installations here a G Lee Landscapes & Paving are fitted by professionals using the very best practices and materials, we also use eco-friendly materials in our works and recycle as much as possible to help the environment.
G Lee Landscapes & Paving can also install steps and ramps for easier and safer access.
We are very flexible and can leave areas free for planting or other landscaped areas.
INDIAN SANDSTONE INSTALLATION GUIDELINES
The First Step, Ground Preparation: Preparing the ground for paving depends upon site conditions as well as the intended use of the paved area. If your ground is firm you will only probably need to remove the turf and topsoil to a depth to allow 100mm of hardcore and 60mm for the slab and mortar thicknesses. If the ground is very soft or if the paved area is going to have heavy traffic on it, you would then need to allow for a depth of 200mm of hardcore and 60mm for the slab and mortar thicknesses.
If the area you wish to pave is going to be driven on, a poured concrete slab underneath the mortar bed is recommended however an engineer may need to be consulted at this stage. In reality few areas are already level enough for immediate paving, so some areas need to be excavated whilst others need to be made up with compacted hardcore.
Note:When using natural stone we would recommend that you use a 25-35mm wet mortar bed on 100mm of well compacted hardcore for most paving situations.
Some less experienced landscapers come across confusion about the correct way to lay natural stone! The larger surface area is the side of the slab you see when it is laid, this means that the joints between the slabs are smaller at the top than they are at the bottom. This also helps the pointing in order to get a better hold.
We recommend that whenever laying natural stone you should mix your paving
from 3-4 different packs (if laying a large area) as this will allow the colours
to blend and help to improve any shade variations that may occur between
packs, giving your patio a more natural look.
LAYING AND CUTTING
We recommend using a wet or slightly wet mortar mix of 1 part cement to
5 parts building sand. Start from a corner or use a string to give yourself a
straight line. Trowel five large dabs of mortar at each corner and in the middle
of each slab giving yourself a fairly full bed of mortar.
Due to the variations in thickness we'd recommend that you start with a thick slab and tap it down into the mortar until you find the correct level (use a rubber mallet to tap the slab down as it will avoid cracking it). Once you lay the first slab, lay the five spots of mortar for the next slab. You could also lay a strip of mortar where the next joint will be, this will minimise pointing afterwards. Ensure that you check all of the levels and falls during the laying process, you should do this by using a spirit level. This will help you to create a patio with a slight fall on it to ensure it drains properly.
If your patio involves a lot of cutting we would advise that you hire a powered cutting tool with a diamond tipped blade. Some stones can be harder to cut than others and will require more work.
There are several methods and products in the market to help with the pointing of paving products. Air reacting jointing products (i.e. Geofix and Rompox), and the old fashioned cement and mortar mix.
We recommend that paving is laid allowing for a minimum 10-15mm joint.
If you are using a jointing product please follow the instructions on the cover of the product, as failing to do so could lead to a complete renewal of products required for the job. When using a cement mortar mix we recommend using a wet mix (but not sloppy) to produce a more permanent waterproof finish. Make sure you clean the excess cement mortar mix from the paving using a sponge when the mortar is still wet, or a wire brush and some acid cleaner when the mortar has hardened.
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