How to Use Deco Granite for Paths and Driveways

There are a number of materials we can use for paths and driveways, but one of the most cost-effective is deco granite. Charlie Albone shows us how to get the mix right.

Looking for a great solution for your paths and driveways – consider deco granite! Here are my expert DIY tips:

– It’s cheaper than concrete and if you’re laying a big area, like a drive, it can save you a chunk of money.

– Deco Granite comes in pink, brown or gold and is relatively easy to use.

– Simply mark the area where you want the path to go and dig it out to about100mm.

– I’m going to stabilize the granite by adding a 5 per cent mix of white cement. That’s about 1 bag of cement per tonne of deco granite.

– If you’re doing a driveway – then double that by 10 per cent or 2 bags of cement to a tonne of granite.

– It’s important to get the mix right – if you use too much cement the finished surface will be chalky – not enough and it won’t set properly.

– If you’re using bricks to create an edge like I am here – this is the time to lay them.

– Put the granite into the dug out area and level it off with a rake.

– Because the mix is quite dusty I’m going to give it a light mist with water.

– It’s vital not to soak the granite as this will cause the cement to rise to the surface and create a hard layer.

– Hammer down the path with a plate compactor until you get it nice and level.

– Give the path a quick brush with a boom to get rid of any excess water or bits of cement and leave to dry for around 1 to 2 days.

– One of the things I like best about deco granite is it’s a porous – so, if you’ve done the job properly, water simply drains off the surface.