When it comes to paving and decking, it pays to get things right the first time. Ineffective waterproofing or failure to allow ready access for maintenance and repairs can lead to significant structural damage and additional costs.

This focus on planning and investment in the right products is especially important in the increasingly in-demand multi-residential projects of Australia.

These multi-residential projects including apartment complexes, hospitals and community centres are now under increasing expectation from residents to provide desirable outside spaces that can be utilised for social activities and recreation.

Providing these spaces for these types of projects is a unique challenge, and one in which the stakes are considerably higher.

One of the most common issues when it comes to paving and decking is when the waterproof membrane becomes compromised. Failure of the waterproof membrane will lead not only to cosmetic faults, but serious structural issues as well.  Once damage has been done, gaining access to the membrane for repair can often cause more damage.

The fact that these spaces are often constructed over occupied spaces only increases the potential damage.

In these spaces, elevated paving or decking is a popular solution to these problems.

By suspending pavers or decking on pedestals, the chance of damage to waterproof membrane, and in turn cosmetic or structural damage, is greatly reduced.

Suspended pavers and decking allows for rapid drainage of surface water, eliminating the need for drainage gates, and with no need for mechanical fixings, maintenance access is simple and eliminates the chance of damage to waterproof membrane.

Click here to find out more about paving and decking challenges and practical solutions for creating desirable outdoor areas, click here to download this free white paper from Elmich ‘Firm Footing – The Benefits of Adjustable Pedestals for Paving and Decking’