Step 1: Planning
Before starting any project it is important to plan which materials you need and when you will need them - doing this will ensure that you won’t purchase any materials you don’t need and that they arrive on-site in the correct order.
Step 2: Site Preparation
Ensure good stability for years to come by making sure the area is ﬁrm and fully laid. We recommend all vegetation and topsoil is removed to a depth of 200mm, and at a gradient of 1:60 away from any buildings to allow for drainage. Then, lay at least 75mm of deep sub base (available from your local dealer) and compact, making sure there are no voids left. Finally, apply a layer of sharp sand and compact this to 35mm deep, ready for the ﬂags.
Step 3: Laying
If not completing the work yourself, there are many professional landscapers who specialise in natural stone, and you should ask for several detailed written quotes from different businesses. Make sure the landscaper has adequate insurance, and ask to see a portfolio of their previous work (or even to visit projects they have completed).
Step 4: Pointing
Pointing on Stone Agencies goods is best done as you go along during step 3. After a few square meters or 15 mins of laying, go back over the area just laid and rake and smooth out the mortar between the joints (an old broom handle often does the trick). Take care not to get any wet mix on the surface - it will leave stains. If any has slipped on then wash off immediately with warm water and a sponge. Following these simple steps should give you a durable and beautiful natural stone paved area suitable for foot traﬁc of any kind. For natural stone driveways, Stone Agencies driveway line should be laid onto a minimum sub base of 100mm wet concrete bed (5 parts sharp sand : 1 part cement). Ask your local dealer for details.