May 27, 2023 2:34 pm
I’m wondering about aggregate vs pavers around a new build in Perth, WA. What’s the likelihood that we would need to access pipes etc around the house, repairs etc? Is it better to have paving for drainage? We will be paving around the pool and alfresco, but have aggregate included in our build. A bit lost where to start here and any help or pointers in the right direction is appreciated.
Re: Aggregate vs Pavers around a new build2
May 27, 2023 3:35 pm
Have aggregate everywhere including the alfresco and pool.
Paving moves, has issues with weeds and ants.
As long as all your services are in place and well done you will never have to worry about accessing underneath.
Paving is cheaper but you will have more long term maintenance issues with it compared to agg.
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Re: Aggregate vs Pavers around a new build3
May 29, 2023 12:04 pm
We did paving around the two sides of the house. They did a good job but the ants are a pain. The paving was $90/sm in total.
We didn't get a price for doing the paved area in agg .
The paved area was more complex than the Alfresco/driveway (lots of cuts for the paving, and there no access for a concrete pump if we had wanted to use agg) so the labour side likely would have cost more than the driveway/alfresco.
We might have saved some supply with a thinner slab than driveway (I assume it would only be a 50-60mm slab?) but labour would have eaten that up.
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May 29, 2023 4:48 pm
In much of Perth we build on the coastal plain and as such we are on sand. We have an ant called the western coastal brown ant that just loves to dig up through gaps in paving and then bring up dirt to enlarge the nests.
It can be a constant battle.
That's why aggregate is a better option. Plus it looks much better and long term is better for maintenance.
Asxgirl is building a high end house so personally unless the paving she is talking about is high end stone, aggregate will be the much better option.
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