Paver Information

Calculating the Amount of Pavers Needed

Measure the width and the length of the area to be paved. Then multiply the width by the length. The result gives you the square metre of the area to be paved. You should always add 5% to this figure, to allow for the pavers that will be cut to fit curves and odd spaces. If you know that you will be cutting a lot of pavers, you should add 10%.

The square metre area to be paved is then multiplied by the paver coverage rate. This rate varies with the size and shape and colour of the paver to be used.

Ordering Pavers

It is recommended that all required paving product be ordered and delivered at the same time.

As all our products are made with naturally occurring raw materials and differing manufacturing techniques, colour, surface appearance, texture and size variation will occur naturally within and between batches.

Paver Selections and Samples

Selecting bricks and pavers is both a practical and decorative choice. To help make your decisions, we recommend viewing the products at one of our display centres and taking home samples that are available for you to compare colours, textures and finishes of the products.

Both the South Guildford and Myaree showrooms have a kids play area to keep your little ones entertained while you make your dream home decisions.

Architects, Designers and Builders: If product samples are required for your project, please contact our Commercial team to request them. We also have a CustomBrik service available so if you can’t find exactly what you had in mind, let’s chat today!

Inspection of Product Prior to Installation

Brikmakers encourages customers to carefully inspect and observe all delivered product before installation to ensure all quality expectations are met. Should a problem arise, it must be directed to Brikmakers prior to the product being installed.

Chipping and Breakage

It is normal that some minor chipping and breakage may occur during the delivery and installation of the product. It is recommended that this product is used for cuts. This should not exceed 5% of the completed project.

Paver Variances

Every effort is made to provide products consistent with samples, however colours of pavers may vary between batches. As all our products are made with naturally occurring raw materials and differing manufacturing techniques, colour, surface appearance/ texture and size variation will occur naturally within and between batches.

Size variations may occur due to the manufacturing processes. Coverage may vary according to installation methods. Brikmakers products meet the tolerance levels stipulated in Australia/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 4455.

Physical Characteristics

Brikmakers products are manufactured to exceed the requirements of the Australian and Industry Standards (Australian Standard AS/NZS 4455 – Masonry Units and Segmental Pavers). Brikmakers pavers are manufactured with chamfered top edges which minimise chipping and spalling and facilitates the removal of water from the surface of the pavers. Faces without chamfers may be prone to chipping. Most pavers are made with space nibs on the sides of the unit which automatically provide the minimum joint width when installed. Brikmakers pavers meet or exceed pedestrian slip resistance guidelines in Australia Standard AS/NZS 4586.

Paver Installation

Installation Quality

The best products deserve the best installation and preparation.

Selecting the right paving products to create the desired effect should not be the only consideration when planning your driveway, alfresco or garden landscaping project. What lies beneath your pavers is as important, if not more important than the finished layer. If your pavers are installed incorrectly or on an insufficient sub-base to support the chosen product, then you are risking your investment. This is the cost you don’t see but is so vital for structural integrity and longevity. Remember to choose an installer that will get this right.

For complete confidence, choose Brikmakers Supply and Installation service and relax in the knowledge you will be covered by a 12 month guarantee on all workmanship and Brikmakers products.

Minimum Ground Preparation Requirement for Paved Pedestrian Areas and Light Traffic

Paving must be laid on a compactable sand bed of at least 30mm thick. The sand must be clean, well graded with no soluble salts, containing no roots or rubble. Failure to use clean sand may result in your pavers becoming stained.

Crossovers need to be prepared in accordance with your local government requirements. Contact your council for their specific requirements.

Ground Preparation for Heavy Traffic

Please refer to the technical manuals on the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia website.

Blending Pavers

It is recommended that there is careful inspection of all pavers delivered and appropriate blending and supervision during installation to ensure satisfactory results. For best results it is important to blend products from various packs as you lay.

Cutting Pavers

Prior to cutting please fully wet the product. This will reduce the chance of cutting residue staining the product. It is also important to ensure all residue is washed from any cut product immediately after cutting prior to laying.

Finishing/Jointing Sand

This is the sweeping sand over the surface which fills up the joints between the pavers and locks the pavers into place. It is important to use fine-grained sand rather than a coarse one. The reason for this is that fine sand will compact much better and fill up joints quicker.

Brikmakers recommends white finishing sand to fill the gaps between the pavers once laid as this will give a professional finish. Jointing sand must be clean, sharp and well graded with no soluble salt or clay. Brikmakers do not recommend yellow sand for jointing as staining can occur on the surface of the pavers.

Edge Restraints

Edging is essential in the maintenance of your paved area as it help to keep your paving secure. If edge restraints are not installed, your pavers will move and separate. Harsh weather and high traffic usage, along with no edge restraints, will ruin your paved surface. Edge restraints are recommended for all driveways and garden beds where paving is not abutting another structure.

Sealing

Sealing your pavers helps prevent stains from oil, grease, grime, rust, moss, algae, tire markings and day-to-day spills. The sealant allows you to clean off such stains with greater ease.

The application of a sealer will protect your investment and maintain the pavement's appearance. Brikmakers recommends and distributes the Crommelin range. It is important to ensure the right type of sealer is selected for your purpose, to follow manufacturer’s instructions and always trial a patch before full application.

Paver Maintenance

Staining

Occasionally various types of stains, blemishes or efflorescence may become visible on the paver surface. These are typically caused by tannins, humus and salts from the surrounding soil/environment. To protect your paving it is recommended your pavers are laid on a suitable subbase of clean salt free bedding sand and that they are sealed.

Efflorescence

A white deposit known as efflorescence may sometimes appear on any concrete or masonry product. It does not affect structural integrity and will dissipate over time. Efflorescence is not indicative of a flawed product. It is a temporary condition where salts migrate via evaporation to the surface of the paver. This is a transitory phenomenon as the pavers acclimatise to their new environment. Efflorescence may be temporarily removed by stiff brushing.

Tyre Markings

Tyre marks may appear on the pavement surface. This may occur due to the tyre compounds, vehicle weight and action of the power steering. Tyre marks will gradually fade over time or they can be removed with a propriety cleaner.

Garden Mulches

Mulches contain tannins that can leach onto paving. Avoid dumping mulch directly onto paved areas and minimise water run-off from the mulch onto pavers.

Salt Water Pools

Where paving is to be used around a pool it is recommended that the pavers along the edge are protected with the appropriate sealer.

High Pressure Cleaning Pavers

The use of high pressure water cleaning is not recommended unless performed by a professional, as it may damage the paver surface.