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Before you start…..

For how long is the job guaranteed?

One year is normal.

How many years has the paver / paving company been in business?

Could he supply a list of paving work done to date?

A few phone calls to substantiate claims could be well worth your effort.

Who physically does the work? Is the labour properly supervised?

Is the contractor using sub-contractors to do the work(paving) – is he using his own paving team/s?

Does the quote list precisely what work will be done?

In order to compare prices accurately, you need to establish precisely what has been quoted for. The quote should show you a detailed list of work that will be done, ie.specify area and m 2 to be paved. List steps, corners edges, pathways, specify brick.( 1  st. grade clay, seconds or cement pavers, etc.) ,removal of rubble. A detailed drawing should accompany the quote showing clearly the full extend of the work quoted for and type of material to be used for the paving.

How long will the job take?

What payment will be expected, and when?

What could go wrong?

Poor quality of bricks

Cheaper, substandard bricks could deteriorate with time – resulting in crumbling, chipping, cracking & colour fading.

Poor quality of sand

Inferior sand could affect the paving. Clean river sand or sand to be used. (Never unwashed beach sand).

Weak mortar mixes

Jointing, grouting and bedding mortar need to be correct strengths. Cheap mixes using insufficient cement will result in brick failure and cracking of grouting.


This is a common problem with incorrectly prepared base construction. Your contractor should have the correct compaction equipment and knowledge of base treatment.

General finish

Inexperience or poor workmanship causes cement staining, deviation in pattern lines, waviness, of surface levels.

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