FAQs

Pavers

Can pavers be laid on concrete?

Yes, a 25mm thick paver is also available for this purpose. The stronger your foundation the better the longevity of your outdoor paving.

What are the advantages of using reconstituted Sanstone?

It has excellent grip and anti-slip characteristics whether it is wet or dry. It looks like genuine sandstone but is light on your pocket, compared to natural stone or similar products as it is a concrete product that can be laid on a sand base unlike natural stone that must be laid on a concrete base.
As an added benefit to Sanstone pavers, we manufacture a complete line of planters to compliment any outdoor setting.
If you prefer the real thing we have an great selection of natural imported sandstone. This is the ultimate product for around swimming pools.

Would I be able to lay it myself?

As with any trade it is advisable to have a professional lay the product as this will reflect in the finish long after you have forgotten about the expense.
We do provide laying instructions for your information when you complete your purchase with us.

What will it look like once laid?

The choice of the texture and colour finish you choose will determine how the paving will look. Please visit the showroom to see photos of completed jobs and to see samples of products ready laid.

Can you supply risers for weatherproof surfaces?

Yes we have 2 options available:
a)an imported French range that works really well
b)a local range that is just as effective.
Please speak to us and we can show you samples of these

Where can the pavers be used?

They are functional along footpaths, courtyards, entertainment areas, for steps and around pools.

What paving options do you have?

We offer our clients various options:
a) reconstituted sandstone that looks like natural sandstone but is actually a hardwearing concrete product.
b) natural sandstone, granite and travertine – all imprted and of excellent quality.
c) concrete pavers in a range of colours, textures and sizes.
d) terrazzo or ground concrete pavers.
e) exposed aggregates

How do you pack the pavers for delivery?

We have special A-frames that ensure that the pavers remain upright and can be stacked vertically. The pavers are packaged with bubble plastic between each paver and then the pallet is wrapped in cling film. The pavers are tighly strapped to the pallets to ensure they arrive safely at their destination.

Do I need to get a qualified layer to lay my paving?

Absolutely! The more qualified and experienced your layer the less likelihood of any problems arising later on. The preparation (levelling and drainage) work is the most important aspect of a paving project as this will determine how well the pavers look and last in the years to come.
Please speak to us if you would like a list of recommended and reputable layers in your area.

Do I need to seal paving?

It is recommended that all paving is sealed. By sealing you prevent staining of the pavers and they are easier to clean. Also the seal will prevent UV rays from discolouring coloured concrete paving (inevitable in our harsh climatic conditions).

How do you colour concrete pavers?

We use the Peter Fell range of colours. These oxides are mixed into the concrete mixture ensuring a uniform and consistant colour through the paver. We don’t take short cuts or skimp on the colour by laying it on a plain concrete base.

Are the pavers strong?

Yes – they are made of premium cement and sand. We also add fibres that give them added strength and flexiblility (when expanding and contracting during hot/cold months) making them more durable and less brittle than standard pavers.

What type of maintenance does Sanstone paving require?

It is advisable that it is sealed before leaving the factory and then sealed again after it has been laid and grouted. This helps to bond the paver and the grout forming a protective barrier.
The type of maintenance required will depend on how it has been laid, allowing for good drainage, as well as its location whether in the sun or shaded by trees. It may require some Wet and Forget if laid in damp conditions. It can be hosed when necessary or washed in the traditional method with (mild) soap and water. Sealing gives 80% effective barrier against stains without losing non-slip propertie

Planters

Do I need to seal the planters?

Yes, it is highly recommended for 2 reasons:
a. To prevent excess moisture loss from the planter thus protecting the plant’s roots.
b. By sealing the product a barrier is formed preventing excess moisture accumulation in the planter which may create salting.

If I want to change the colour can I paint over Sanstone planters?

Yes, please get suitable primer and paint for concrete products.

Can I use a water blaster on concrete pavers?

Preferably not as it causes pitting on the surface of the product which then promotes mould growth

How do I minimize mould growth during rainy seasons?

We recommend using an algaecide when necessary. This can be easily applied by using a spray and leaving the algaecide to work its magic by killing spores in the concrete.

Is this 'salting' preventable?

Unfortunately not, although it only occurs on some products (depending on weather conditions and humidity) it can be minimalized by ensuring good drainage and air flow below planters by placing them on feet.

What is the white 'salt' on some planters?

This is efferesence which is a natural occurrence in cement based products. It usually leaches through after heavy rainfall seasons.
With time salting will diminish and will become less noticeable