How To Joint Your New Paving
So you've chosen your paving and it's all laid, but how do you joint it? We ask The Paving Expert for his top tip's to getting the perfect finish.
"Once you have the paving laid, it needs to be jointed. There are numerous products that can be used to fill the gaps between individual flags or setts but the two most commonly used are a sand/cement mortar or a polymeric sand, which uses a resin to bind together the individual grains and 'glue' them to the edges of the paving.
Sand/cement mortar is cheap but it can be messy unless you're proficient with a trowel. Cement can stain natural stone and it can be tricky to remove. It needs the paving to be dry and to remain dry for at least the first 24 hours.
In contrast, a polymeric sand such as Fastpoint, is simplicity itself, even if they are slightly more pricey. The ready formulated sand is emptied from its package and swept into the empty joints of the wetted paving with a soft brush.
Any excess is swept off and the 'sand' cures over the next few hours to give a firm and clean joint. Used properly, polymeric sands can't stain the paving so they remove the risk of spoiling the paving at the final stage."
- The Landscape World Team.