For offset slipforming, material is normally transferred to the filling hopper from a concrete mixer truck. This material is transferred to the offset slipform mounted on the side of the paver by either a pivotable conveyor belt or a pivotable screw conveyor. The slipform produces the monolithic profile as the offset paver moves forward. The range of possible shapes and sizes is immense, from such common shapes as the New Jersey profile to customized solutions.
Paving stones add rustic beauty and charm to any outdoor space. They are more durable than traditional concrete, earthquake resistant, and easy to clean. Permeable pavers are a natural solution to storm water runoff, making them an ideal solution for environmentally conscious homeowners. Replace your concrete driveway and patio with paving stones by following these easy steps. Your backyard has the potential to be a masterpiece for aesthetics or architectural design if you have not laid a patio there.
How to plan the installation
Check with a utility company before digging. Call a local utility company to ask about the location of cables and pipes. If there are any present underneath the planned paving stone area, you may need to change your design.
Draw up your plan. Draw a plan of the area and measure it to determine the amount of paving stone supplies you need. For drainage purposes, plan to install the paving stones with a slight slope away from the house, between 1/4″ (6mm) per foot (0.3m) and 1/2″ (12mm) per foot (0.3 m).
Choose a pattern. Plan your desired layout before you purchase the stones, so you’re sure you’ll be able to build a pattern you like. In general, the more “interlocking” there is, the stronger the pattern will be, making the herringbone pattern a good option for vehicle traffic. Mostly, however, this is an aesthetic decision.
Clear away grass and debris. Remove plants, fallen leaves, and other surface cover from the area so you can clearly see the area you’ll be working with. If more intensive preparation is required, such as breaking up concrete, make sure you follow safe practices, and consider hiring a professional.
Mark the outline of the area. Stake the corners of the area you want paved, and tie string taut between the strings to mark the border.