Block paving is still very popular, offering a wide range of colours, sizes and patterns for your drive. There is now also the choice of using traditional concrete blocks or new natural stone pavers.
Block paving: how it works
In order to lay a standard block paved drive, we would usually dig-out 8-inches/20cm of material from the area, lay and compact a 4-6 inches deep layer of MOT type1 hardcore.
This is overlain with screed and compacted sand, with blocks sitting on top of the final screed of sand. Blocks are cut to size to fit patterns and edges, then the whole driveway is compacted with kiln-dried sand brushed into joints. A membrane can be laid underneath of hardcore layer to increase drive’s overall stability.
The blocks can then be sealed with an acrylic sealant if desired. The sealant provides a protective barrier over the blocks, which prevents weathering of the blocks and preserves their colour. It also hardens the sand between the joints, preventing weeds from growing in the joints.
Block paving: examples
For more examples of our block paving work, please check our our gallery.