Cutting Concrete Pavers, Step-by-Step

If the primary concern of your driveway or path is its decorative appeal, then you may want to try the vast range of concrete pavers you can choose from. Concrete pavers come in just about any shape, size and design you could imagine, with an assortment of different finishes. Aside from that, they are also pretty easy to lay for anyone who fancies themselves for a bit of DIY – however, when it comes to cutting them, this part of the job isn’t always that easy.

When it comes to cutting pavers, there are a number of ways to go about it. The old fashioned way is by using a pitching chisel, or a bolster. This is the trickiest way of cutting paving slabs, and so extra care needs to be taken. Make sure to score a line across the paver where you want to cut it, then take a lump hammer and be sure to whack that chisel hard and true at the first attempt!

We can also use a disc cutter or power saw to cut pavers. Before cutting, make sure that you have a stone cutting blade fitted to the cutter. These are the steel, diamond-tipped blades, rather than the carbon blades used to cut metal. Score a line across the paver where you want to make your cut, then power up the saw and slowly ease through the paver, being careful not to exert too much pressure.

You can also use a specialist tool called a block and slab splitter. These are quite expensive, but they provide the cleanest cut of all. Carefully place the paver between the two blades of the slab splitter, taking care to line up exactly where you need to make the cut, then apply pressure slowly until the paver snaps across the line of the blade. Note that there are three types of slab splitter. The basic ones with smooth blades can be used to cut regular pavers, while you will need a toothed blade for cutting slabs with an irregular surface. For the thickest of pavers, it may be necessary to use a hydraulic slab splitter.

The Cost of Paving Stones Installation

As with all construction projects, the choice of paving materials you use for your driveway, footpath or patio area will be partly driven by the cost. Read on to find out about pricing for the most common types of pavers.

Brick pavers are man made from very common materials, and so that means that these are one of the cheapest paving options available. Of course, the style and quality of brick pavers can vary quite a bit, but the average cost will start from around $0.50 per brick, or around $10 to $15 per square foot if you prefer to buy according to area coverage. Don’t forget that you will also need to pay for someone to install them – although this is pretty cheap, with most contractors charging between $10 and $20 per square foot, depending on the nature of job and the exact materials used.

Concrete pavers can be a little less expensive than bricks, depending on the quality. The cheapest concrete pavers will start at around $5 per square foot, with the best of the best being priced at about $15 a square foot. Installation costs are about the same price too, between $5 and $15 per square foot.

Stone pavers are by far the most expensive, as these are naturally made and have to be dug from a quarry and then cut to the right size.  The cost of the pavers themselves will be more expensive than other types of paver – if you buy them according to area, expect to pay anything from $20 to $30 per square foot, depending on the quality of the stone. Installation can also be more expensive, as these pavers are bigger and have to be laid manually one at a time, which can be a time consuming task. As a guide, the price of installation would range from $15 per square foot to a maximum of $30 per square foot.