Concrete pavers are a great idea for outdoor areas, and making your own might just be the answer to making-over your home and garden without breaking the bank. From courtyards to patios, pathways to gardens, installing a new pavement is a surprisingly simple process that can enhance the useability and appearance of your garden in just a matter of days. Whatever your desire, this step-by-step guide is designed to help you understand the basics of making your own concrete pavers.
1. Prepare the area. Once you have finalised your design, start by levelling the ground with enough depth for layering.
2. Create the bed. Use a 75mm layer of road base then go over the area with a plate compactor to form a stable foundation. Spread sand over road base, using a spirit level to even out the surface.
3. Position formwork. You can either buy or make your own molds. We suggest using several at a time to speed up the process. Apply a minimal amount of mould release agent to the inside of the mould, and then ensure the moulds are positioned on a flat surface.
4. Mix concrete. The 1-2-3 part mix – that is, 1 part cement, 2 parts sand and 3 parts aggregate, is a good guide to follow. Add water and mix through to an even consistency. Alternatively, you can use pre-mixed concrete, but cost-wise we only recommend this for smaller size projects.
5 Shovel, screed and set. Shovel concrete into formwork, paying attention to the corners. Gently stir the concrete mix to release any air bubbles, then level out with a flat-board and remove any excess. Allow the moulds to set for 24-48 hours then remove individual pavers and begin laying out your design.
- Adding extra water to the concrete mix won’t do anything but weaken its strength and durability
- Once concrete starts to harden it won’t return to its plastic state, so work as quickly and efficiently as possible. This means making sure all your prep work is done before you mix the concrete.
- Store bags of cement or concrete off the ground, in a clean and dry area.