Sourcing concrete block paving in the Cape

The How and Where, to sourcing Concrete Block paving in the Western Cape

Concrete Block Paving at the V and A Waterfront
Exposed aggregate concrete pavers at the V and A Waterfront

The Western Cape is known for its stunning landscapes and robust architecture, and has a thriving construction and landscaping industry. A critical component of this industry is humble yet indispensable concrete block paving. In this blog post, we’ll explore the world of concrete block paving,  offering insights on to how and where to source quality concrete block paving products, what to look for, and how to make the right choice for your construction or landscaping project.

The Importance of quality concrete blocks

Concrete block paving is a foundational element in both commercial, retail, industrial and residential construction. Known for their strength, durability, and versatility, segmented concrete block paving is specified for roads, walkways, driveways, patios and parking areas. In the ever-evolving cityscape of Cape Town and its surrounds, the demand for high-quality concrete block paving is ever-present.

Where to find concrete blocks in Cape Town

The Western Cape boasts a range of suppliers offering concrete block paving suitable for various applications. From large construction material companies to local manufacturers, options are plentiful. Key players in the market, such as C.E.L. Paving Products, are known for their premium quality concrete blocks. These suppliers not only provide a wide range of products but also offer expert advice and customer service.

Surefoot Copings for Steps

1. Local Hardware Stores and Building Suppliers

•          Ideal for the homeowner attempting small-scale projects or for individual needs.

•          Often provide a range of generic blocks suitable for various applications.

2. Specialised Concrete Block Manufacturers

•          Offer a wider range of specialised products, including specification assistance, mock-ups, and technical assistance

•          C.E.L. Paving Products is an example of the above, known for its high-quality and durable concrete paving blocks.

Gilvarry Equine Therapy Centre with C.E.L.

Choosing the Right Concrete Block

When selecting concrete block paving, consider the following factors:

1. Strength and Durability

•   Ask for strength test results if you are not sure. This is crucial for heavy duty applications such as container yards.

•   Look for blocks that are manufactured in accordance with SANS 1058:2021 standards.

2. Size and Shape

•    Depending on the specific requirements of your project, interlockers and thicker concrete blocks are used for roads and high traffic areas. Larger format paving is preferred for pool areas and patios.

•    Suppliers, such as C.E.L. Paving Products, offer a range of sizes and shapes, including standard paving blocks, water wise paving and exposed aggregate paving blocks.

3. Aesthetic Appeal

•   Adding aesthetically pleasing paving blocks to a project, which are also fit for purpose, adds value in Landscaping or architecture.

•    Many suppliers offer concrete paving blocks with various finishes and colours.

Maxi cobble concrete paver
Hout Bay House driveway with Maxi Cobble Grey

Request samples of the colours you are considering, as in certain cases, colours shown in brochures or websites are not a true reflection of the actual paver. Because concrete block paving is a mix of cement, sand and aggregates, which are mined , the paver may change in character and colour.

For more information visit the C.E.L. Paving website on www.celpaving.co.za

Technical assistance peter@celpaving.co.za

Architectural specifications gill@celpaving.co.za

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