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Pedestal Paving: What You Need To Know

Pedestal paving is becoming increasingly popular in the architecture and landscape industry, as it provides a number of immediate benefits that simply aren’t available when using a conventional laying method. However, there are some key safety aspects to consider as well.

Need a quick summary? View the video below to learn more about pedestal paving, and see how Anston’s reinforced pedestal paving solution performs when subjected to forces from impact loads.

Thank you to Pasco Construction Solutions who supplied Anston with Buzon height-adjustable pedestals for use in the below video.

Laying pavers on pedestals is generally seen as a quicker and easier method of installation. Here are some key benefits of using pedestal paving:

  • Significant time and cost savings arise as the use of grouting, caulking and bonding agents becomes unnecessary. Pedestals and pavers are simply lifted into place.
  • The absence of grout eliminates the concern of grout smear that is often present in a typical paving installation, resulting in a cleaner and neater paved finish.
  • Drainage levels can be incorporated into the paving sub-base, allowing a perfectly level finished surface.
  • Any plumbing, electrical or communications services can be run underneath the paving and are easily accessed when required by lifting out only the relevant pavers. Once access is no longer required, pavers are just as easily lifted back into place.

It is important to note that the installation of paving on pedestals is not covered in the current Australian Standard. The conditions for pavers that are compliant with the Breaking Load requirements apply to a traditional installation only, meaning that compliant pavers may not necessarily fare as well when they are laid in a pedestal installation.

Anston is the only Australian supplier who has developed a reinforced paving solution designed specifically for pedestal paving applications. Though our standard paving solutions already meet all the Breaking Load requirements in the Australian Standard, we have added extra steel reinforcing to all pavers that are to be used in a pedestal system. This helps to ensure that the structural integrity of each pedestal paver is maintained, even if the paver is subjected to a high impact load (i.e. the force of someone falling, or dropping a heavy item).

Pedestal pavers are available in all Anston colours and finishes, and custom options are also available. More information about our reinforced pedestal paving range is available here.

Recent portfolio projects featuring pedestal paving:

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