A Couple of Reasons I Love my Large Paving Slabs

by admin on January 9, 2013 · 0 comments

A few years ago, I noticed that my paving slabs were starting to look old, this wasn't just from the age of the patio pavers I had placed ten years or more ago, but because they were starting to become damaged. This is partially because of the changing of the season, that I drive my lawn tractor over them a lot, and because I never bothered to waterproof the stones at all after I put them in.

I put the renovation of our patio off for a few years now, but I decided that this season, I had to bit the bullet, and rebuild it. I was put off by the remembrance of the pain in the butt it had been to arrange all of those random looking stones back when I put in the first patio. It was an experience I wanted to avoid this time at all costs. The solution I came up with was to use large paving slabs instead, so I went out to buy some and had a friend help me install them.

I could not believe how little time it took to put the slabs in, after removing the old stones, all we had to do was add a bit of sand in some cases before we put the stone down, and then leveled the stones. This is, of course because the sand on gravel base I had built up under the patio the first time was still in good shape. We did tamp it down again just to be safe, but I think that actually wasted my $80 rental fee since I don't think that it was needed.

With the help of my trusty lawn tractor, and its front end loader attachment, we could easily move the heavy slabs into place, pick them up if needed, and set them down again. It actually saved a lot of time compared to my old patio, where I had to find the pattern one piece at a time, and then find each new piece out of the pile that I needed next, and only then putting it in its final place.

We started at 8 in the morning, and finished started into "refreshments" at 3:30 in the afternoon; this was after we brought back the equipment I had rented. When I did my earlier patio, in the same spot, with the same friend, it took us just as long to find the pattern (and that was after the prep work for the base was already completed), that day we finished at around 8 or 9 in the evening.

The other reason I love my large paving slabs over my old ones is the look. All those random patterns in the old one looked neat for a while, but all those edges just made sweeping nearly impossible without removing much of the sand in the joints. With these large stones, I can just sweep to the edges of each one when needed which makes cleanup a lot easier. Plus, there is just something awesome about big chunks of stone in your back yard, I feel manlier just for having them.

If you are looking for a new patio, or to replace an old one, I would highly recommend using large paving slabs over any alternative product. If you can get something to do the heavy lifting for you, it is actually quite an easy job that you can be proud of for years to come.

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