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How To Choose The Right Paving For Your Home

Whether you want to replace your driveway or create a patio or pool space for your backyard, there are plenty of paving materials to choose from. It can be quite the challenge to determine which type of paving stone to pick. But, if you keep the type of landscape in mind and select something that suits your style, you’ll be more than happy with the end result.

Take the steps below to help you choose the best paver for your home:

  1. Get some samples

Most companies will be more than happy to provide you with samples so you can make an informed decision. There might be options you don’t even know about, so getting samples will definitely help narrow it down. Make sure you examine them while wet and dry as the look might differ drastically in various conditions.

  1. Think about the texture

Would you prefer a smooth or textured surface? If the area is bound to get wet, a textured surface will be the best option to avoid sliding accidents. Stones that have to be sealed in order to prevent staining will also become slippery when wet.

  1. Determine the right thickness

When deciding the thickness of the stone, you need to take into account where exactly you’ll lay the stone. 25mm thickness is great for walking on it but will never be able to withstand the weight of a vehicle. For paving a driveway, you’ll need at least 40mm or more.

  1. Consider the type of stone

Natural stone might be more pleasing to the eye but will unquestionably cost more than concrete products. Both are durable and well priced, however, concrete tends to be the cheaper option.

Making a decision is never easy, especially if you are a perfectionist. That’s why it’s advised to get help from professionals to save you time and money you might waste in selecting the wrong stone for the application.

For an obligation free quote, get in touch with Techno Pave today.

 

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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Subsurface Drainage Systems

If you have water accumulating around your home or garden, you have a serious problem on hand. Something will need to be done to get rid of the water to avoid permanent damage.

Subsurface drainage systems are a great way to get rid of water accumulation and while there are many benefits, there are some disadvantages too.

Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of subsurface drainage systems.

Advantages

  1. Prevents water overflow

Subsurface drainage systems work by directing water away from your property to prevent flooding. Too much water in your garden will, no doubt, kill your plants. It can also lead to the collection of stagnant water, which is mosquito breeding ground

  1. Decreases possibility of toxic materials

There’s a danger of toxic contamination whenever a flood occurs. If you have a sub drainage system installed, it will enable you to get rid of excess water and reduce the likelihood of contaminating your water supply.

  1. Reduces soil erosion

Passive water accumulation can make soil muddy over time, which can cause the soil to erode. Subsurface drainage systems reduce the chance of soil erosion in your garden by maintaining balanced moisture.

Disadvantages

  1. It can be expensive to install and maintain

Subsurface drainage systems can be costly to install. Additionally, it will need to be maintained on a regular basis to ensure it functions correctly. Make sure you check for blockages and debris that may be obstructing the flow of water regularly.

  1. Can contaminate bodies of water

If not well maintained, subsurface drainage systems can contribute to contamination issues. It can channel nitrate directly into large bodies of water close to you such as rivers and lakes.

If you find it challenging to get rid of the water that accumulates in your garden or around your home, then maybe you should consider investing in a subsurface drainage system. Get in touch with Techno Pave for a quote today.

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5 Ways To Keep Your Paving Looking Like New

Installing paving around your home will give it instant curb appeal. Brick pavers are extremely durable and if you take good care of them, they can last you a long time.

Additionally, they are quick and easy to maintain. That’s why they are the top choice for busy homeowners. If you follow these simple steps, your paving will look beautiful for many years to come.

  1. Sweep paving with a broom

Using a hard brush broom, regularly sweep your paving. This will get rid of dirt and debris that might stain paving when it rains, making it much harder to clean them later on.

  1. Rinse your paving

After you’ve done a thorough sweep, rinse paving with a hosepipe to get rid of dirt. Alternatively, use a pressure washer to deep clean or get rid of moss growth.

  1. Get rid of stains

If you have stains (other than oil), a simple solution is to mix dish soap with water and use some elbow grease. For oil stains, however, you’ll need an oil remover.

  1. Apply sealer to your paving

By applying sealer to your clean paving, you will prevent dirt and debris from penetrating and staining your pavers. It will also make them easier to clean. This should be done every year or two for the best results.

  1. Replace paving

The good thing about using brick pavers is that whenever a stone is damaged, it can easily be replaced without disturbing the paving around it. This will keep your paving looking brand spanking new at all times.

By following these easy steps, you too can have great looking paving. If you’re in the market for paving or you need a professional to replace some damaged pavers, why not give Techno Pave a call today?

5 Reasons Why You Should Automate Your Gate

Whether you’re installing new security fencing or just upgrading your current fencing, you’ll be faced with the decision of whether to install an automated gate or not. While it can be more affordable to opt for a manual gate, there are some things to consider before you make up your mind.

Below are 5 reasons why you should install an automatic gate:

  1. Safety

The number one reason for automating your gate is SAFETY. With the soaring crime rate in South Africa, automated entry to your home is a must to keep you and your family safe.

  1. Comfort

Let’s be honest, it’s comfortable. Pressing a button versus getting out of your car to open the gate – it’s a no-brainer really.

  1. Curb appeal

Automated gates come in various styles and designs. It can complement your property by adding an element of luxury to its aesthetics.

  1. Increase value of your property

In addition to improving curb appeal, an automated gate can increase your property value. Buyers will be more willing to pay a higher price if they see the added convenience and security of an automated gate.

  1. Lower insurance premiums

Homeowners insurance isn’t something you can do without. It is calculated by taking various things into consideration such as the size of your home, the crime rate in your neighbourhood and the safety measures installed in your home. Which is why an automated gate will ensure lower insurance premiums.

As you can see, there are numerous advantages to automating your gate that is well worth the investment. Before you install a new gate, consider the benefits of automated gates instead of the conventional manually operated gates.

For more information or an obligation free quote, get in touch with the team at Techno Pave today.

What Is Interlocking Paving And Why Should You Choose Them For Your Home?

In recent years, pavers have become the most popular choice for creating beautiful outdoor spaces. While paving stones date back to Roman history, many homeowners are starting to recognise the benefits of interlocking paving.

What does interlocking mean?

Paving bricks become interlocked when paver jointing sand is added during the installation process. By filling the joints completely, it locks pavers in place and creates friction. It is this friction that spreads the weight load over a larger area which makes it able to endure the weight of vehicles of all sizes.

Benefits of using Interlocking pavers

Pavers are durable but not rigid, unlike concrete and asphalt. Because they are individual units, they can move along with the shifting earth beneath them. This means that they won’t buckle or crack, and keep looking beautiful for longer.

Another benefit is that interlocking paving is easy to repair. If for any reason some of your paving bricks become damaged, it can be easily repaired by removing the broken paver and replacing it with a new one.

Interlocking pavers also have a lower moisture retention rate. Pavers are much denser than concrete, with little to none air pockets. The more air pockets, the lower the durability and the higher the chance of damage. Because interlocking pavers have lower moisture absorption rate, it’s better to use in wetter and colder climates. Due to its density, the water is unable to enter which decreases the risk of expansion.

When you have to decide between concrete, asphalt and interlocking paving, just keep in mind that pavers are more durable and will stay beautiful for many years. Just make sure you use a reputable paving company.

For the last 19 years, Techno Pave has been supplying Pretoria and surrounding areas with quality paving solutions. Give us a call for a free quote today!

Interlocking Brick Paving: A Paving Solution That Will Last

It’s easy to admire a beautiful paving job, especially when it’s done with interlocking brick pavers. However, durability is its true appeal. As good as your paving looks, it is also extremely strong.

The brick pavers installed by Techno Pave are manufactured using the latest technology, thus quality you can trust. And when you combine a quality product with a quality installation, you have a paving solution that will last you decades.

Before brick paving is installed they need to meet durability standards to ensure maximum strength. Interlocking brick pavers are much stronger than poured concrete or asphalt. They also don’t crack the way concrete or asphalt will. This is due to the joints between pavers that allow for flexibility when placed under pressure.

Pavers perform great in cold, wet climates since they don’t absorb water. They are also non-slip, making them the safest option.

The longer your paving lasts, the more cost-effective it becomes in the long run. Brick pavers come in a variety of colours giving you many design options. This will instantly improve your home’s curb appeal.

Why Techno Pave is the paving company for your paving project

Techno Pave has been around since 1999. That’s almost twenty years worth of experience and knowledge. As a leader in the industry, we offer a thorough assessment of every client, followed by detailed specs and drawings.

We take great pride in the fact that every project is treated as a work of art. Our staff are highly skilled and equipped to handle any installation. Areas we cover include but aren’t limited to Tswhane Metro area, the East Rand, West Rand, Brits, and Bronkhorspruit.

Don’t risk reducing the lifetime of your paving by hiring amateurs when you can hire Techno Pave. Give us a call today for a free quote.

 

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal With These Easy Tips

Curb appeal is something a prospective buyer would look for when in the market to buy a home. First impressions are vital and thus you have to impress your buyer even before they enter your home.

More homeowners are recognising the value of improving their curb by developing their landscape with plants, stonework, fountains etc. In recent years, improving curb appeal has also meant updating your driveway.

Concrete pavers are becoming an increasingly popular choice of design since it’s more attractive and will last longer. Thus, it’s a great investment when wanting to improve your home’s curb appeal. Concrete paving is easier to maintain and will last much longer without needing any repairs.

A neat driveway suggests to a prospective buyer that your home is well maintained. They instantly assume that even the things they can’t see will be in good condition. According to real estate experts, it’s easy to recover the cost of a driveway upgrade when you sell your home.

Another benefit of concrete pavers is that they are slip-resistant, making them a safe option. They also come in beige, coral and multi-coloured options to suit the colour of your home’s exterior.

Other ways to improve your home’s curb appeal

Walkways

Walkways that are properly paved can create a framed picture effect. To accentuate your entrance, make sure your walkway is at least one metre wide and curved gently.

Patios

Apart from the additional entertaining space, a well-designed patio paved with interlocking concrete pavers will enhance your home’s character.

Pool Decks

Integrate the pool visually into your landscape design with concrete pavers. Not only will it look beautiful, but it’s also non-slip and safe and won’t retain water, making it a more durable option.

Lighting

Add ambience to your home with gentle lighting. This will also help to deter intruders.

For more info on concrete paving, get in touch with the team at Techno Pave today.

4 Ways Interlocking Brick Paving Is Good For The Environment

It’s no secret that interlocking brick paving is an affordable way to enhance your home’s curb appeal. But did you know that it is also an eco-friendly option that will protect mother nature?

Here are a few of the many environmental benefits:

#1 Reduces water runoff

It can get a little damp when it’s rainy season and all that water has to go somewhere. When rain lands on non-porous surfaces like asphalt or concrete, water runs off and is navigated through curbs and storm drains. This then transports with it grease, oil and other hazardous chemicals.

Contrarily, interlocking brick paving is a permeable surface that allows water to infiltrate into the earth while trapping dissolved solids and oils. Thus, also the most ecological option.

#2 Zero Material Failure

Paving bricks are manufactured in a controlled environment, unlike concrete or asphalt. Every brick is consistent when it comes to strength and quality. Time and temperature don’t have any effect on the installation. This decreases the time and energy spent on dealing with material malfunction, particularly when compared to site-formed pavements.

#3 Low Maintenance

Interlocking brick paving is one of the lowest maintenance options available and requires less energy and other resources over their lifespan. Additionally, if the brick is stained or damaged, you don’t have to replace the whole patio or driveway. You only have to replace the ones that are corrupted. Its fast and easy while conserving the use of raw materials, thus an eco-friendly repair.

#4 Minimises the Albedo Effect

Paved areas can get extremely hot during the summertime. All of the heat that’s absorbed during the day, is slowly released at night. This, in turn, creates urban heat islands. When mixed with rainwater runoff, you are left with unusually warm water temperatures and compromised water quality.

Interlocking brick paving can be made of various colours, including light colours that will improve surface reflection and reduce environmental temperatures. Additionally, light paving can decrease the need for extra lighting at night, thus preserving energy.

For a free quote from a reputable paving contractor, get in touch with Techno Pave today!

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You’ve chosen cobblestone for your driveway, patio or walkway, but do you know how to maintain it?

There are many types of paving, different colours and composition, such as cobblestone, clay and masonry brick-pavers; the trick is to have a truly expert opinion from professionals such as Techno Pave & Projects to ensure that your final decision will be an informed one, making it a savvy investment.

Quality is just one of the things that you won’t worry about with Techno Pave & Projects involved with your paving, the quality of pavers offered by this team that has been around since 1999 is never in doubt! What’s more is that this successful company proves over and over again that quality paving in Gauteng can be affordable!

There are many great things to say about this team, however, we are going to stick to the subject at hand and look at what it will take to keep cobblestone paving looking great for many years after Techno Pave & Projects has completed installation.

Bear in mind that cobblestone has been around for centuries and still line many walkways and roads throughout the ‘old’ world, which means that you will be adding to the beauty of your home or business at the same time as you add exceptional, long-term value to your property!

These are the basic points of maintaining cobblestone paving (pretty easy stuff!):

  • Give it a good sweep with a broom (or get the kids to do it!) to get rid of everything from dust to irritating falling leaves, give it a hose-down, let it dry.
  • People and cars truck mud all over cobblestone paving, which in time gets a little too hard for a hosing down. This is when you might need to use a bit of elbow grease to scrub these stubborn areas, using warm soapy water – be sure to let that soapy water sit a bit before you haul out the hose!
  • If there are any really stubborn stains in your cobblestone driveway, caused by oil leaks from cars, you will need to find the right safe cleaner for these beautiful stones. The Techno Pave & Projects team will be more than happy to assist you in making sure you use the right cleaner.
  • If any sand erodes around the edges or joints of the cobblestone driveway and you want to do a DIY job of fixing it, you’re in for a bit of work! This will include, very basically, pouring sand around the edges or into joints, tamping it down, pouring more sand, tamping it down, and so on. It will be many years before any of this is going to start showing, which is inevitable as a sand is used to seat cobblestones, if and when it does, do yourself a big favour and call in Techno Pave & Projects for the professional touch!
  • The very last part of taking loving care of any cobblestone paving around your property is to seal it once it’s clean, but this is optional. Sealing the paving is a good choice though, if you want to stave off staining, especially in cobblestone driveways.

It really doesn’t matter what your choice of paving is, the craftsmanship, experience and artistry of the approach Techno Pave & Projects brings to each project is the reason this team, with its hands-on owner, Jacques Barlow, has earned the reputation for being the premier paving company in Pretoria, Johannesburg and the Vaal region.

Make your investment in paving count by using only a highly trusted paving company with a well- established reputation for excellence!

3 Signs It’s Time To Repave Your Driveway

Your home might be the most beautiful home on the block but a worn driveway won’t do much for its curb appeal. While driveway paving can last for many years, eventually there will come a time when you’ll need to replace it. If you’re not sure if repaving is needed, look out for the signs mentioned below.

  1. Cracks

Small cracks are easy to repair but cracks that are deep and wide suggest serious damage. Since bigger cracks can’t be repaired, it’s best to completely replace the driveway. Repairing them will only last a short while. If you do decide to repair rather than replace, keep in mind that the spots that have been repaired will appear darker and noticeable, thus still affect your home’s appearance.

  1. Holes

Large holes in your driveway need to be replaced as soon as possible since they can lead to injury if someone were to step in them or trip on them. They can also cause major damage to your car’s suspension and tyres. It can damage even more of your driveway by loosening the materials if water collects in the holes.

  1. Drainage issues

Water won’t affect your driveway if it’s in a good condition. If you have drainage problems, however, it can lead to even more serious damage. If your driveway is sloped or uneven, this will cause water to pool in specific areas which will weaken your paving, resulting in more holes and cracks.

If you have checked one or more of the boxes mentioned above, then it’s time to replace your driveway. But don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as you might think. You can hire professional paving contractors in Johannesburg to do the paving project for you. Get in touch with Techno Pave today and let the experts take care of your driveway.