I believe that you always get what you pay for, and in my experience that goes for paved patios too. These days some contractors are desperate for contracts, and this may cause them to quote low for second-rate work. This why Mr-Skill is so helpful when you need to find a bricklayer. Their affiliates are pre-qualified, and you have someone to speak to, in the unlikely event that things do not work out as perfectly as you hoped.
o Many paving contractors believe that it is sufficient to lay paving on compacted sand. While this may theoretically last forever, it seldom does because of concerted attacks by moles and nests of ants. Soon individual pavers begin to collapse, and if not re-laid, the entire job will unravel sooner than you think. It is much better to set pavers on compacted sand mixed with cement. When this hardens, the moles and ants will move next door. Remember this important detail when comparing bricklayer quotes for your new paving job.
o I am personally not a fan of interlocking concrete pavers, and do not recommend that you opt for them especially when you are in a hurry. This is because suppliers make them to order, and they need time to cure before being laid. Ignore this simple fact, and in a few years time, your pavers will begin to degrade. Another downside is that the pigmentation fades, and it is impossible to remove stains because they sink right through.
o For all these reasons, good Bricklayers London firms often refuse to use cement-based pavers and only work with first grade clay bricks. This is because they know that they will last, and that they will have few complaints. For perfect weed control, they often advise grouting between the bricks too.
When your paving job consists of grouted clay bricks laid on compacted sand mixed with cement, you should have a rock solid, weather proof, colourfast job that will last for decades. Is this not what you really want?