Transforms Patio Design into Patio Construction
Aluminium alloy rails are used to provide extra support for slabs of all sizes. They give a firm, level surface and prevent steps between slabs
The rails act as levelling guides to make slab-laying easy
Two grades of profile are available. One used for slabs up to 600 x 600 x 40mm for general use and the other for larger flags or heavier loadings . The rails will add extra strength to slabbing but this type of paving is not recommended for areas subject to frequent vehicle use.
A width setting device is available to hold the rails in a grid to make placing the rails easy. The downward legs locate the rails on the bed during installation
The ribbed profile gives extra strength and provides a refuge for bedding material to prevent this from fouling the slab seating surface during levelling.
The profile is designed to allow flexibility of use. Utilities Contractors can use the supports for footway reinstatement even under paving which has staggered jointing.
The support rails can be delivered at required length or cut on site.
1. PREPARE THE FOUNDING BED
Prepare the bed in the normal way using the usual materials. (The small rails serve as ideal levelling aids.) The Pave-Easy Rail is clipped in place on wood batten.
2. SET THE GUIDE RAILS
Bed the rails into the founding material at the required slab width, if not done under 1 above. A batten is recommended for each end to hold the rails in position during construction. (Ensure that the bed and guides are tamped down firmly to avoid settlement.) It is not necessary for the rail troughs to remain clear of bed material, but this must not be proud of the ribs.
3. LAY THE SLABS ON THE RAILS
Lower the leading edge of the slab onto the support rails and tilt it backwards until flat. Inch the slab into final position along the rails if necessary. Tap the slab all round to ensure even distribution of weight between support rails and bedding.
4. POINT THE JOINTS
Point the joints in the usual way. Brushing dry-mix sand cement mortar into the joints is usually the easiest way - but be careful of staining slabs.