Dutch Style Paving

The earliest examples of clay paving were in the brick on edge look, which is experiencing a huge revival in the Dutch style paving that Chelmer Valley have to offer. This style is found in our ranges such as AlphaShiresNostalgie and Flemish On Edge.

Not only are these in the stylish on edge look, but the colour options, textures and durability of the the options Chelmer Valley Dutch clay pavers offer means that all schemes and tastes are catered for.

Dutch clay pavers are multi purpose, can be used for patios, pathways, car parking areas, landscaping, commercial applications, driveways, courtyards, walkways, and just about anywhere that you would wish to use paving bricks.

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dutch style paving
dutch style pavers

Installation Notes

The sub-grade and the sub-base are determined by different parameters that can vary from site to site. Note that the sub-grade should be prepared to the required specification. It should be sufficiently wide and must take account of edge restraints and
adjacent structures.
The layers should be as level (20mm tolerance) and as compact as possible – dependent on the sub-base structure and the material used for the site.

The purpose of a meticulously structured subgrade and sub-base is to keep the bedding course of the pavement as dry as possible. A draining foundation may be required at points where the groundwater level is within 500mm of the surface.

Borders and Edge Restraint

Edge restraints should be provided along the perimeter of all paved areas. They should be adequate to support traffic loads and to prevent the escape of the bedding-course material from beneath the paved surface.
dutch pavers
dutch clay pavers

Drainage

Dutch style clay pavers
A cross-fall of at least 2% should be created to obtain perfect drainage. The paving surface should have a difference in height of 10mm in relation to the adjacent asphalting or paving.

Unpacking the Pavers

In order to obtain a correct blend of colour, several packs need to be mixed with each other. This is required for both flat and on-edge paving. The pavers should be unpacked vertically – not horizontally layer- by- layer. This will equally distribute any minor size
variations within the pavers over the entire pavement and will help to maintain the correct bond pattern. Damaged or broken pavers
should not be used although they can be used as cut pieces for infilling.

dutch clay pavers
dutch pavers

Bedding and Course Paving

Bedding course material should be 3 to 4cm thick after compaction and consist of naturally occurring sand, or crushed sand, or ternary sand mixture, or other suitable material (cf.default specifications). The bedding course must be true to line and level. In order to maintain the line of the desired bond during paving, a thread line should be placed at regular distances. Individual pavers can be moved slightly and adjusted to re-align them. For flat paving, the un-sanded face must be pointed downwards. For face paving, the sanded face is always put against the un-sanded face of the adjacent paver. To prevent the pooling of water, any unevenness of the laid surface must be confined to 7mm maximum and should be checked with a 3m rule. The difference in height between adjacent paving bricks should be no more than 2mm. Infilling pieces should be trimmed as precisely as possible in order to maintain the rigidity of the edge trim and to ensure an aesthetically good finish. Infilling pieces are preferably trimmed or cut using a bench saw with running water.

Unpacking the Pavers

In order to obtain a correct blend of colour, several packs need to be mixed with each other. This is required for both flat and on-edge paving. The pavers should be unpacked vertically – not horizontally layer- by- layer. This will equally distribute any minor size
variations within the pavers over the entire pavement and will help to maintain the correct bond pattern. Damaged or broken pavers
should not be used although they can be used as cut pieces for infilling.

dutch clay pavers
dutch clay pavers

Joint Filling

After compaction, another layer of sand (dry crushed sand with particle size 2-4mm) should be spread over the entire surface. The sand must be brushed into the joints, adding water if required. In order to avoid movement or the loosening of pavers or deformation of the bond, this procedure should be repeated until the joints are entirely filled. Finally, a layer of fine sand (white – with a particle size 0-2mm) is spread and brushed-in to ensure that the thinnest joints are filled. On completion, traffic may be permitted to use the pavement.

Maintenance

Clay pavements rarely require maintenance – provided that the paving installation is carried out correctly. Clay pavers are generally resistant to chemicals and cleaning fluids. Pavements in clay pavers can be high pressure cleaned using ecological detergents without affecting the colour or texture. If brushing machines are used, the joint filling should be inspected after cleaning and replaced if necessary.
dutch pavers

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