Selecting Your Paving

There are many types of paving available today, but rather than select something simply because you like the look of it you should first make sure it is suitable for the job.

In order to help you choose the best possible product for your requirements we’ve put together some useful paving tips & advice to set you down the right path.

 

Driveways

Concrete Block Paving

Most driveways only require 50mm block paving as most people only use cars on them and are of a simple drive on, reverse off design. However, if you have any particularly heavy vehicles or vans on your driveways, you may need to consider 60mm or even 80mm. You should also consider 60mm if your drive layout means you might be making lots of turns as this could cause thin blocks to twist and move.

There are many designs of block paving but commonly rectangular they vary more in terms of different surface textures and colours. One of the most popular designs is a tumbled design that looks like a old fashioned cobble.

Once installed you can use it immediately and it is pretty much maintenance free except for brushing and pulling the odd weed if you get any dirt build up in the joints.

New designs called 'permeable block paving' allow water to drain straight through into the soil below. This means you don't have to apply for planning permission but the cost of installation is much higher. It’s also possible to avoid planning permission by using standard block paving and installing a soak away.

Natural Stone and Concrete Flags

If you like to have flags on the driveways, make sure they are designed for it, as thin patio flags won't take long to break. Most flags can be laid on the same sub base design as block paving. Where uneven natural stone flags are used, it is recommended you lay them on a full mortar bed. We recommend you consult professional advice before commencing work, see our links page.

Gravel and Chippings

Gravel and chippings are easy to install and useable immediately. However, it will continue to move around and may need to be occasionally raked and topped up.

Laid correctly, it also allows water to drain away without the need for planning permission.

 

Garden Landscaping

Concrete and Natural Stone Flags

There are a huge range of flag designs and patterns for hard landscaping your garden, only limited by your or your designer’s creativity. As there are no regulations on what on what you pave your garden its more how you do it to get the maximum benefit.

Aggregate

Great for pathways and borders, aggregate can also be used for the patio. How ever we would recommend you look at using a membrane to reduce plant growth and possibly one of the latest plastic grid systems so that most of the gravel stays where you want it.

Concrete Block Paving

Often underrated as a garden paving, there are a few benefits that block paving can provide over traditionally mortared down flags. There are a wide variety of designs including tumbled which imitate traditional cobbles making it a very popular style.

You can flow the same paving from the front garden/driveway round to the garden creating a high level of continuity in design.

The method of installation means it is easy to pick it up and move it or extend without having to waste materials whilst the small unit size means it is easier to lay around intricate shapes often found in the garden.

 

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