Choosing the right products for your Outdoor Room
THE ART OF PICKING PAVERS
1. Choose a paver that is on trend, but will stand the test of time. Concrete pavers are built to last and channeling these seasons trend, a dark colour in a large format shape will look great for years to come.
2. Consider the size and shape of the area. Some pavers laid in certain areas, or patterns will require cutting with a concrete product wet saw. If you can, choose a paver and pattern that limits the amount of cutting required.
3. Texture is an important feature of pavers, particularly if you are considering the premium, high quality pavers like Adbri’s Euro® range. Texture not only adds visual appeal by introducing a new element, but it also has a very practical application – pavers with shot blast surfaces are great for use in wet areas and around pools.
4. Consider maintenance – like oiling decking or mowing lawns, pavers will need maintenance from time to time. It is always better to do preventative maintenance (that is sealing) and cleaning as you go. Where this comes in when choosing a paver to start with is considering the area, the type of use and the colour. For example, if you’re paving a barbeque area, choose a dark colour so that oil / food marks won’t be as evident.
TOP CONSIDERATIONS WHEN BUILDING A RETAINING WALL
Retaining wall projects can vary from very simple garden edges to complex, engineered structures to retain earth. It’s important to pay retaining wall projects the respect in planning and construction that they require as getting it wrong can be dangerous and costly. Here are the questions you must ask when considering a retaining wall project.
1. What is the maximum finished height your retaining wall needs to reach? Most councils require a DA and engineered plan to be submitted for retaining walls in excess of 1 metre however many councils in Australia are different and require approval for different heights – always check this first.
2. The height of the finished wall has a direct impact on what product you can use (as each wall block has a stated maximum unreinforced height it can be built to) and the height also dictates the installation method and required footing (compacted roadbase footing Vs concrete levelling pad).
3. Where will the water go? Drainage is key to any successful retaining wall project because water building up behind a wall without drainage is a key reason why walls fail. It is important to consider how you will divert the water from behind your wall with agriculture pipe but importantly, where it will go! You cannot allow water to run-off into your neighbour’s property so water egress must be considered.
4. Will you be building the wall DIY or engaging a professional contractor? For walls that require engineering, a DA and certification, it is recommended to utilise an experienced contractor to ensure they can check all the boxes for the certifier to save you money in the long run.