Aesthetic considerations and low maintenance costs together with a product life of over 25 years prove that brick paving is a practical alternative to other materials. With their resistance to concentrated loads, concrete pavers are ideal for airports, ports, and hardstands; unlike asphalt, pavers are undamaged by fuel and hydraulic oil spillages. Concrete pavers offer a serviceable surface without cracking; if damage occurs, bricks can be removed, repairs rapidly made to the base and the same units reinstated.
The initial costs of laying brick paving fail to take into account the long-term economic benefits. Brick paving is less expensive than asphalt over a 25 year period. Furthermore, the laying method represents a major component of lifetime costs and cost studies demonstrate that machine-laid brick paving for large commercial and industrial areas is highly competitive.
ACP Hardstand Solutions work closely with concrete block manufacturers to supply better packaging for machine-laid projects. Listed below are some of the many benefits for using paving as a hardstand for your current or future projects.
Machine laid paving is a faster and safer method of installation compared to the traditionally labour intensive hand laid paving method, thus providing occupational health and safety advantages on site, which in turn result in less on site injury and downtime.
Once our product is installed, it is immediately ready to use. There is no time wasted in waiting for curing, as in the case of concrete. As a comparison of time saving, we completed a project at Patricks Wharf in Fremantle, Western Australia where we laid 25,000m2 in 4 weeks utilising two of our laying machines. If this work had been carried out using the hand laying method, it would have taken approximately 10 weeks using 10 manual workers. A concrete hardstand would have taken approximately 10 – 12 weeks for an individual contactor like us to complete.
The paving can be lifted by our mechanical laying machines, palletised and either reused at another site or recycled. As would be the case with a concrete hardstand, rock breakers or crushers are not required to break up the material before removal, nor are there disposal options to consider such as waste into land fill if there were to be any modifications
Once a paved hardstand is laid, should any modifications to the area be required at a later date, you can simply lift and relay the existing paving to accommodate the modifications. With a concrete hardstand there are endless restrictions when it comes to modifications and cutting, jack hammering and refilling with new concrete are all time consuming, expensive and inefficient in this process, not to mention the variation in colour and/or finish of the remedial work.
Over a lifetime of a development asphalt will require a lot of ongoing maintenance due wear and tear of heavy traffic and machinery turning tightly as well as natural exposure to the elements. Paving is used in hardstand applications all over the world as an efficient alternative on large areas such as wharfs, industrial warehouse sites and roads with 50 tonne forklifts manoeuvring over them all day, turning tightly and repetitively. As a consequence, the paving stands up well requiring little or no maintenance.
Product can be arranged to be delivered to site, ready to use when required. This greatly assists in timing of projects if schedules are delayed or specifications are altered at the last minute. Paving can just sit to one side until ready to be used; concrete has to be used as soon as it is delivered to avoid going off which can lead to very expensive waste.
Today, paving is available in a wide range of colours and textures which can enhance any project.
There is no limit to what can be achieved to make a project more aesthetically pleasing, if the project allows. Incorporating a corporate image using coloured pavers or embedding a company logo into a hardstand are just a few of the different features that can be achieved.
As you can see, there are endless benefits from using machine laid paving, from a cost effective,
labour reducing, time effective alternative to concrete, through to an aesthetically and environmentally considered finished project. Our machine lay paving service surpasses expectation whilst meeting all engineering requirements in use of hardstands, roads, wharfs and many other commercial applications.
For more information on this and other ACP Hardstand Solutions benefits contact Ian Carswell, National Sales & Marketing Manager on 0433 190 436