Before deciding on your paver, ensure that you get satisfaction regarding the following questions.
Is the company a member of the BPI?
For how long is the job guaranteed? (One year is normal)
How many years has the paver been in business?
Could he supply a list of work done to date?
A few phone calls to substantiate claims could be well worth your effort.
Who physically does the work…is the labour properly supervised?
Does the price list quote precisely what work will be done?
In order to compare prices accurately you need to establish precisely what has been quoted on. The quote should show a detailed list of work that will be done, i.e. specify area and m² to be paved. (NOT JUST: “paving at no. 2 Ocean Drive”), list steps, corners, edges, pathways, specify brick, (1st grade, plaster, clay, etc.), removal of rubble. A detailed drawing should accompany the quote showing clearly the full extent of the work quoted for and the type of material to be used.
How long will the job take?
What payment will be expected, and when?
Don’t pay before the job commences. Remember you do not have to finance the paver’s business.
What could go wrong?
Poor quality of bricks
Cheaper, substandard bricks could deterriorate with time – resulting in crumbling, chipping, cracking and colour fading.
Poor quality of sand
Inferior sand could affect the paving. Clean river sand or dune sand to be used. (NEVER unwashed beach sand)
Weak mortar mixes
Jointing, grouting and bedding mortar need to be of correct strengths. Cheap mixes using insufficient cement, will result in brick failure. BPI members have the correct mortar specifications.
This is a common problem with incorrectly prepared base construction. Your contractor should have the correct compaction equipment and knowledge of correct base treatment.
Inexperience or poor workmanship causes cement staining, deviation in pattern lines, waviness of surface levels. members of the BPI have to abide by minimum standards of specifications, ensuring a good standard of work.
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