There are a number of materials we can use for paths and driveways, but one of the most cost-effective is deco granite. Charlie Albone shows us how to get the mix right.
Looking for a great solution for your paths and driveways - consider deco granite! Here are my expert DIY tips:
- It's cheaper than concrete and if you're laying a big area, like a drive, it can save you a chunk of money.
- Deco Granite comes in pink, brown or gold and is relatively easy to use.
- Simply mark the area where you want the path to go and dig it out to about 100mm.
- I’m going to stabilize the granite by adding a 5 per cent mix of white cement. That’s about 1 bag of cement per tonne of deco granite.
- If you’re doing a driveway – then double that by 10 per cent or 2 bags of cement to a tonne of granite.
- It's important to get the mix right - if you use too much cement the finished surface will be chalky - not enough and it won't set properly.
- If you’re using bricks to create an edge like I am here – this is the time to lay them.
- Put the granite into the dug out area and level it off with a rake.
- Because the mix is quite dusty I’m going to give it a light mist with water.
- It’s vital not to soak the granite as this will cause the cement to rise to the surface and create a hard layer.
- Hammer down the path with a plate compactor until you get it nice and level.
- Give the path a quick brush with a boom to get rid of any excess water or bits of cement and leave to dry for around 1 to 2 days.
- One of the things I like best about deco granite is it's a porous - so, if you've done the job properly, water simply drains off the surface.