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Invest in Your Home by Building a Carport

If you’ve ever carried groceries out of your car in the rain or found sun spots on your brand new car, you’ll know the value of having a carport for your car. A carport doesn’t have to take away from the aesthetics of your home. In fact,  Techno Pave can design a carport that will provide you with the needed shelter without taking away from the style and beauty of your home.

Below are three reasons why a carport is a great investment for your home.

Protection

Cars are not cheap! Cars with faded interior fabric or sunspots on the exterior will lower the value of the car. But the sun isn’t the only culprit. Bird droppings can cause serious damage to your vehicle’s paintwork. To protect your car from birds, the sun and other elements like hail, you might want to consider investing in a carport.

Convenience

A carport will make it much easier to unload the groceries from the car, especially during rain or hail storms. No more soaked groceries, clothes or hair. Additionally, the shade offered by your carport will lead to a cooler car during hot summer months. A carport ultimately adds to the comfort of our lifestyle.

Value

While cars are expensive, houses are even more so. Which is why it’s important that any addition to your property should add to the value and aesthetics. Make sure the contractor you hire will design a high-quality carport that will be a financial asset and draw potential buyers should you sell your home in the future.

When investing in your home, it’s crucial to hire a reliable and trustworthy contractor with plenty of experience. This will ensure you get the best value for money. Techno Pave meets all of the criteria mentioned above including affordability, making them a prefered supplier in Johannesburg.

If you are in the market for a carport in Johannesburg and surrounding area, get in touch with the team at Techno Pave for a free quote today!

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5 Things to Consider When Deciding Between Pavers and Concrete for Your Patio

Adding a patio to your home is an exciting venture but because of all the decisions you have to make, it can be challenging as well. The most important decision you’ll need to make is choosing the patio flooring. You’ll have many options to choose from but for this article, we’ll look at the two obvious ones: Pavers and Concrete. Both options have pros and cons which you’ll need to consider before making the final decision.

Appearance

A simple grey slab is the most basic concrete patio. But it doesn’t mean that you have to give up on the design when you choose concrete. You can design the top surface to look like pavers and you can even mix a colour into the concrete.

Pavers have the most flexibility when it comes to appearance. You can choose from various stone/brick colours and patterns. The depth of its texture exceeds the appearance of it when you opt for stamped concrete.

Maintenance

Concrete offers lower maintenance than many other paving options but does require some maintenance. Regular cleaning with a pressure washer is needed to keep it looking good. Additionally, you’ll have to reseal it every 2 to 3 years. The upside is that you won’t be faced with weeds since it’s one solid surface.

Pavers are a low maintenance patio surface option that will require only sand replenishing between stones as needed. While you might be faced with weeds, you can use it to your advantage and add a touch of landscaping charm to the patio flooring.

Durability

Both options are extremely durable. That said, pavers go a little further in that department since the pavers settle individually. While it’s possible to break a paver by dropping something really heavy on it, you’ll only have to replace the broken paver.

Flexibility

Concrete slabs offer little opportunity for changes and require demolition to remove it. Pavers, on the other hand, is easy to modify making it a versatile option. You simply pick up individual pavers and move them to create the shape you want. It’s also easy to expand by adding more pavers.

Cost

You have to consider not only installation but maintenance as well when comparing the cost of these options. Concrete tends to be cheaper than pavers at the installation stage but pavers require less maintenance down the line.

In the end, it comes down to personal preference but with the considerations mentioned above, you’ll be able to make an informed decision.

For an obligation free quote from paving specialists Pretoria, get in touch with Techno Pave today.

3 Benefits of a Tar Driveway for Your Home

When faced with the task of choosing your new driveway, it can be a challenging decision. There are many things to consider such as the type of product to use, your budget for the project and which contractor to hire.

Product options include tar, paving stones, concrete and even gravel. While every one of these has their pros and cons, a tar driveway far exceeds the other options which is why it might just be the right option for you. Below are the benefits of choosing a tar driveway.

#1 Affordable

A new driveway can be quite expensive and if you choose the wrong product, it will affect you many years into the future. Tar is extremely cost-effective. It offers all the functionality and durability you need from a driveway at a fraction of the cost. You will continue to save money on your tar driveway since it will last longer and doesn’t require regular maintenance.

#2 Aesthetically Pleasing

A tar driveway offers a beautiful and elegant finish to your property. Tar goes perfectly with any type of home so whether you have a modern home or an old country style home, tar will accentuate the style. There are various options available to enhance a tar driveway such as cobblestone edging or using hedges to create a spacious homely atmosphere.

#3 Low Maintenance

A tar driveway requires very little maintenance unlike a lot of other driveway options. With regards to cracks and swelling in the driveway, there’s minimal wear and tear. Tar is essentially maintenance free and requires no reseal in its lifetime making it an obvious choice.

When it comes to choosing a contractor for the project, going with an experienced professional is your best bet. Techno Pave has extensive experience in paving and tar surfacing Johannesburg and surrounding areas.

Get in touch with Techno Pave for a free quote today!

Does Temperature Affect Your Paving?

Paving is extremely durable and can easily withstand thousands of kilograms of weight. However, it does come with its own set of vulnerabilities. Temperature is one of them. Many areas in South Africa experience extreme temperature variations throughout the year which can have a negative effect on roads, parking lots, patios and driveways.

According to paving specialists, this is what happens to your paving with each temperature element.

Cold Temperatures

While we don’t have much snow in winter in South Africa, temperatures can fluctuate above and below freezing. In areas where it rains in winter, water seeps into the cracks. Once the temperature drops, the water freezes and expands, making the crack bigger than it was before. This process will not only widen cracks that already exist but cause extensive and dangerous damage such as potholes.

Hot Temperatures

In certain parts of South Africa, we can expect temperatures well over 40 degrees Celsius in summer. This causes the pavement to expand. If it expands too much, it will crack. The crack will only become bigger over time which will cause even bigger problems.

Additionally, cracks allow water to accumulate and over time erode subsurface layers. The result of this is air gaps and the moment weight from a vehicle is applied to the top layer, the pavement will form a hole.

Rain and Hail

Rain is problematic for your pavement in winter but if the area is on a steep slope, it can be even worse. In the event of asphalt paving, rain will wash down the liquid asphalt and after time disintegrate the top layer of the material. This will cause the paved area to become aggregate and rock over time.

For more information about paving or for a free quote, get in touch with the paving specialists at Techopaving today.