We have a great paving display at our main site, 575 Sawyers Arms Road, Harewood, Christchurch. They are also on various paver display boards of stockists (Placemakers, Bunnings, Mitre 10, ITM) around the South Island. What's more, architects and landscape contractors also have samples of our paving products - give us a call and we can advise a place to view our pavers.
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Where can I see your paving options?
Can I drive on your pavers?
Our concrete pavers can be driven on, but they are more commonly used as a border or feature to break up an asphalt, concrete or exposed aggregate driveway. If they are to be driven on (non-commercial) then they must be laid on a concrete base so there is no substrate movement. The granite setts (70/100 mm deep) are designed for driving on and give a fantastic finish.
Are your paving stones slippery?
All Urban Paving pavers meet New Zealand Standards NZS3116:2002 for slip resistance. Some are better than others, with the honed and smooth pavers being the least slip resistant. Applying concrete sealer can make pavers less slip resistant.
Can your pavers be cut?
Yes, Urban Paving's pavers can be cut, using a diamond blade which can be hired from your local hire company. Otherwise, we also offer a paver cutting service. Simply mark the paving stones you want cut and bring them to our Christchurch location.
How much do your pavers cost?
Prices for our paving stones vary in price from around $30 per metre for natural concrete to $95 per metre for polished concrete paving. For exact, up-to-date pricing, please give us a call or see one of our landscaping specialists in Christchurch.
Are your paving stones easy to clean?
They sure are. For the concrete pavers simply use a cleaning solution like 30 Seconds to get rid of any moss or mildew, or a hydrochloric acid clean for other stains (refer to information section). For natural stone paving (Indian sandstone etc.) a waterblast is most effective, or contact us for assistance to remove any stains. DO NOT use hydrochloric acid for cleaning natural stone!
Can you deliver my pavers?
Yes, we can arrange our pavers to be delivered to your home. There is a paver delivery charge of approximately $45 per pallet within Christchurch, while delivery outside Christchurch requires a quote. We also provide hiab and forklift options which is useful for getting to the back of a house where the truck cannot access this area.
Can I use Urban Paving's pavers inside?
Yes, some of our pavers can be used inside. Our honed Indian sandstone range is particularly popular for inside.
Can I lay the pavers over existing concrete?
In most circumstances yes. The important thing is that it is firm and there is minimal movement. Like a road, the end product of paving will only be as good as the base.
Can I lay your pavers myself?
Yes, an experienced DIY can lay our pavers, but you will need some skills to do the best job. There are many factors to consider: type of site, drainage, base, laying pavers on sand or mortar, grouting etc. Our experts have put together a guide on how to lay pavers to assist you.
Do Urban Paving have contractors you can recommend to install pavers?
Yes, we have good contractors we can recommend to you. Please refer to our links for contractors in your area.
Should I seal my paving stones?
This varies on what look you want to achieve, the area where your pavers are laid and some other factors. Sealing pavers is similar to varnishing timber. Concrete sealer holds the depth of colour, especially for darker coloured pavers. Concrete sealer also helps protect your paving stones from staining, makes them easier to clean and reduces the amount of fungal and mould growth.
Alternatively, by not applying concrete sealer, your pavers will age and weather naturally. As using concrete sealants makes your pavers less slip-resistant, many people choose to keep them natural in areas such as around pools.
Bear in mind that sealing pavers requires some ongoing maintenance. You will have to re-apply concrete sealer every 2 to 10 years, depending on type of sealant, usage and environment. There is no right or wrong with sealing or not - you need to consider what you are trying to achieve by sealing the pavers.
How many pavers do I need per square metre?
For 500 mm x 500 mm size pavers you need 4 per square metre. To work out other sizes per square metre, please refer to our handy concrete paver sizing chart.
How heavy is a pallet of pavers?
A pallet holds 40 concrete pavers for sizes above 400 mm x 400 mm. A pallet of 400s pavers weighs 620 kg, a pallet of 500s weighs 900 kg and a pallet of 600s weighs 1,300 kg.
What sizes do your pavers come in?
We're proud to stock New Zealand's widest range of paver sizes. They start at 300 mm x 300 mm, and include square and rectangular options up to our large 950 mm x 450 mm pavers. Please refer to our chart of paver sizes to get the details of all different sizes.
Are the pavers available in different textures/finishes?
They sure are. If you're looking into concrete pavers, there are 5 different textures and for our Indian sandstone pavers we offer 4 different finishes. Elegant and smooth or rustic and traditional - we have something for every taste!
Can I choose the thickness of natural stone paving?
Yes you can. Our standard thickness is 20 mm or 25 mm, depending on paver size, but you can order pavers down to around 15 mm or up to around 50 mm.
Can I get (polished) concrete pavers thinner or thicker than the 40 mm?
When it comes to our concrete pavers and polished concrete pavers, we can make a special thinner paving stone to order, down to 20 mm for most pavers. Please note that thinner pavers, need to be laid by a professional, with full mortar coverage underneath. We cannot make thicker pavers with our current moulds, but if you are interested in a large quantity we could get some moulds specially made for you. Just pop into our landscaping supplies yard or give us a ring to discuss your plans.
How thick are your pavers?
Nominal thickness of all our concrete paving is 40 mm, but there can be a variation of +/-2 mm as they are handmade. Any variation in thickness is easily taken up when mortared (our preferred method of installation). Due to the honing process, our polished concrete pavers are slightly thinner at around 38 mm +/-2 mm. Thickness of Indian sandstone varies depending on the size and the product ordered.
What is efflorescence?
Efflorescence refers to the natural salts in the raw materials of the paver migrating to the surface as water moves in and out of the paver. This will occur to some extent on all pavers. Sometimes it won't be visible, e.g. with lighter-coloured pavers, little water movement and good drainage under the pavers. In other cases efflorescence will be more obvious, e.g. with darker-coloured pavers, lots of water movement and poorer drainage.
If you'd like to find out more, please refer to the ‘What Is Efflorescence’ PDF for a full article on efflorescence by the Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand.
I have a specific colour I want, can you make it?
We can manufacture colours outside our standard colour range at a small additional charge. Please contact us for the options.
Will my paving colour fade?
Over time your pavers will age and weather naturally and as part of this process there will be some initial fading. When this initial fading has finished the pavers will change very little as we use specially designed formulations and oxide-cement ratios to ensure the colours remain colourfast. To prevent colour fading you also have the option to apply a concrete sealer to your pavers.
Is the colour mixed right through the paver?
Yes, the colour is mixed right through our specially formulated paver mixes. This is to ensure your pavers don't have that painted look, and that as they age and weather they will have a natural look. If you see an Urban Paving paver cut you will see the colour right through the paving stone.
How long will I have to wait for my pavers and do you stock them?
We keep the main sizes of the plain (natural) and some of the coloured concrete pavers in stock. For custom orders it will take between 2 to 4 weeks (includes curing time), depending on size of order, time of year etc. We stock all the main sizes and colours of Indian sandstone (natural stone paving). For indent orders it takes at least 8 weeks, depending on size of order and when the next container is coming in. Polished concrete pavers are all made to order, except for a few overruns that will be in stock.
Do you sell seconds?
Yes, our seconds are available 20% to 60% cheaper than the normal price. They are all at our Urban Paving yard, 575 Sawyers Arms Road, Harewood, Christchurch. Feel free to come in and have a look.
Can you freight the pavers anywhere in New Zealand?
Yes, we already freight to all parts of New Zealand. Contact us and we'll get a price for delivery to your town.
Do you have a colour chart/swatch?
Yes, we do have colour swatches. They can be found in the different paver sections of this website. The colours are only a representation and not an exact match due to variations in the printing process, computer screens and so on. We do supply samples at no charge which will give a better representation of colour.
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