How to pave the garden. After seeing how to build an outdoor wooden floor, we will analyze the various options available forpaving the gardencovering an extended area or a single section with different materials.
There are so many options we have forpaving the garden: river stones, gneiss, porphyry cubes, self-locking, tiles, pebbles, elements in imitation wood…. we are spoiled for choice!
Floor for pedestrians or cars?
Before you seehow to pave a garden, remember that if the floor is intended for walking only, the elements can be laid directly on the ground. On the contrary, for the transit of heavy vehicles it will be necessary to create a bed of sand or beaten for composite surfaces.
If the driveway or the floor to be built should be used for the transit ofcarit will be necessary to prepare a concrete substrate reinforced with an electro-welded mesh.
To create a walk, a sort of walkway / driveway intended for pedestrian transit, we refer you to the article "How to build a path ". On this page we will continue to explain to youhow to pave a gardencreating a porphyry flooring.
Porphyry cubes are well suited for creating sturdy outdoor floors with various geometric designs and shapes. They can be inserted circularly, with linear positions or by creating patterns by choosing cubes of different colors. With an adequate substrate, the porphyry flooring, is also suitable for the passage ofcarand various vehicles.
How to pave the garden, phases
- Prepare a regular flat support by removing any turf and raking the soil thoroughly.
- Prepare a perimeter that will trace the boundaries of your pavement. You can arrange for the installation of special concrete curbs.
- Prepare the bottom with damp sand stabilized with a little cement. Rake to obtain a homogeneous and smooth surface, compact the surface and check the surface with a spirit level.
- In addition to the level level, it is necessary to check with perpendicular lines that the height of the layer of sand is sufficient to keep the cubes stable at the level of the perimeter curbs.
- Using a compass, trace the shapes to be filled with porphyry cubes (any fans, circular shapes….).
- Place the cubes, one by one, along the curves. The porphyry cubes must be placed as close as possible until they fill all the spaces of the surface to be paved.
- When the installation is complete, fill in the spaces that form between one cube and another by sealing them. The "joints" are sealed with a mixture of sand soaked with water and cement, spread this mixture with a broom and remove the surface with the special vibrating plate.
NB: the vibrating plate can be easily hired.