All About Block Paving
What is Block Paving?
Block Paving also known as brick paving is a commonly used decorative method of creating a pavement or hard-standing. The main benefit of using bricks over other materials is that individual blocks can be lifted and replaced when they suffer damage or become worn.
The bricks used are typically made up from concrete or clay, and sometimes other composite materials. The concrete style blocks most commonly used are made from porous materials; many are made up from recycled materials such as crushed glass and old building rubble.
Using blocks can achieve many different laying patterns, one of the most popular is the herringbone pattern; as it offers the strongest bond due to it’s interlocking.
Where can Block Paving be used
Block paving is typically seen and used for drives, pavements, patios, walkways and road surfacing. Used for drives due to the styles it offers and the selection of choice available it can be a stylish addition to any home; often a popular choice for patios for similar reasons. Used in light traffic areas it’s a great solution as a surface option for walkways and roads due to the strength of the interlocking and the ability to replace individual blocks.
Why is Block Paving a good option
Block paving is the option of choice for a surface solution due to the huge range of benefits it has, although more expensive than other options it can last longer than other options when maintained correctly.
Benefits Of Block Paving:
Adds value to your property
Enhances the look of your property
Variety of colours
Variety of shapes
Can be designed in a range of patterns
Interlocking provides enhanced strength
No costly repairs, individual bricks can be replaced
Offers a more fade resistance surface than alternatives
Allows for easy drainage without the needs for seperate drainage
Who installs Block Paving?
Block paving should be installed by driveway specialists, this is because they know the best way to lay and interlock the bricks in the correct way. By employing our company to carry out installation of the block paving you will be guaranteed a perfect drive, We will work with you to ensure you have a design and pattern you like and will also help you choose the right colour to match the style of your property or the surroundings.
The length of time it takes depends on the size of the space being paved, although it usually takes a few days. The process involves everything from excavating, to supplying a base then installation and finishing off.
How is Block Paving installed?
The Ground is excavated to 300mm below expected finished levels with additional soft spots taken out, A geotextile is then installed over the whole are before the sub base is spread.
The Sub-base is a minimum of 200mm of compacted Mot Type 1 roadstone compacted in 100mm layers to create the support for your new driveway and gurantee it wont move!
Grit sand is then screeded to a 30mm depth and compacted, the blocks are then laid on the bed ensuring all blocks are interlocked, the area is then compacted and infilled using kiln dried sand.
The drive is now ready to use for many years to come!
Different colours etc..
One of the reasons people choose block paving is because of the stylish choices, available in a range of colours and the ability to lay them in a range of designs and patterns, and now with a choice of shaped and sized blocks, the possibilities are endless.
Our block paving experts will help you choose the best colours that match your property they will also go through a range of designs with you. Once a pattern or design is chosen you’ll be able to select the colour bricks you want and how many different colours you wish to use. As a surfacing option it remains one of the most popular options for homeowners especially for use on driveways.