The surroundings of a real property are not only nurtured front lawns and even garden paths. Varied spaces, planes, levels require common passages and impressive combinations. This task can be performed well by stairs made of paving stone. Paving stone is a real alternative to gres and clinker tiles. Before we commence with laying the stairs, it is worth to start from attaining some basic knowledge.
Soil as it should be
Soil classification will provide us with information about soil stability. This data should be available to the contractor prior to commencement with the works. Sometimes we will be dealing with a weak substrate, which requires requires reinforcement through backfilling or a substructure. It is necessary to make sure that in the future, seasonal changes do not bring about lowering of the ground, elevated groundwater levels and related problems.
Stairs from the basics
When starting work, we need to remember to take out soil from the place where the stairs will be located. The next step is the performance of a sand-cement topfill. With weaker substrates, it will be necessary to make a substructure out of dry concrete. An alternative solution could be a cement backfill, with which we can strengthen and compact the soil.
Gradually reaching the goal
The number of steps will depend on the height difference between these places. Step depth should be a multiple of the size of the paving stone. Thanks to this we can eliminate the problem of material cutting, and the stairs will attain a good look. Precision translates into good looks, long-lasting comfort of use, as well as safety of the users. We start the embedding of the stairs with edge elements (for example: palisades, edges), some shapes allow for free creation of circles and semi-circles. It is best to embed edges in dry or semi-dry concrete. It is important not to mount them directly in the ground. Next, we lay the paving stones. It is worth remembering that a white hammer should be used with bright paving stones, as it will leave no traces.
The final result
After laying the paving stones, the gaps between them should be carefully filled with clean washed sand. It contains no seeds, so there will be no problem with grout overgrowth. The pavement should be backfilled with sand several times and swiped (grouting), and poured over with water (slurrying). In small spaces we do not use compactors, which will protect the pavement from being damaged.
We can create impressive compositions through the use of the Grando split block or the angled palisade, which bring charm typical to sandstone to the property. In turn, the Polbruk Country line of paving stones allows for an interesting contrast of the edges with the filling of the stairs. We can give the stairs a tasteful and timeless nature thanks to the Canto Keystone collection, with a height of 25 cm, and the elements of which can be arranged in internal and external arcs and straight strings.