Expert Block Paving In Birmingham
Paving & Patios
Block paving a driveway in Birmingham is one of the most popular and cost-effective ways of decorating your driveway. It can not only last for years but increases your home value.
However, finding a local business to give you exactly what your looking for and give a stress-free experience can sometimes be difficult. From the moment you make contact with us we will aim to make the whole process to get a no obligation free quote very simple and fast.
So What is Block Paving?
Also known as brick paving, it’s durable, attractive and easy-to-maintain compared to some other driveway surfaces. If you’re thinking of having block paving for your driveway and are looking for more information, then you’ve come to the right place.
As block paving experts we know more than for the whole of Birmingham and we’re going to have a quick, jargon-free look at what the advantages are of block paving, your options when it comes to style and how to maintain. With over a decades worth of experience we know what we’re talking about and have you covered.
Various Block Paving Patterns
One advantage block paving has over the likes of tarmac and gravel is the choice it offers when it comes to design. There are plenty of colour and pattern options to ensure your drive is not only practical but is tailored both to your style and the rest of your property.
The most common brick colours are charcoal, grey and a golden colour known as buff. Patterns made with different coloured bricks are always in demand as well. The most popular combinations tend to be:
Brindle: A mix of red and charcoal bricks
Autumn: Red, brown and buff
Burnt Ochre: Brown and charcoal
These bricks can be fashioned into a range of different laying patterns. Herringbone – where blocks are laid diagonally or at right-angles to each other – is very popular. There’s also Stretcher Bond (bricks laid in the same pattern as a wall) or the more intricate Basket Weave design.
This type of driveway install can also accommodate borders and shapes such as diamonds within the design.
Our Driveway Block Paving Process
The process is relatively simple and needs four things.
A foundation is dug and a sub-base – made of a crushed and compacted material such as stone or recycled concrete – is laid. This aids drainage and helps keep your driveway level. Edge restraint is then laid to frame the driveway – this could be bricks or concrete; the wall of your property could be suitable for where the drive meets it.
A layer of sand is laid on top of the sub-base and levelled off so that the blocks can be laid on top. These blocks are then vibrated to compact them down into the sand. When the blocks are in place, another thinner layer of sand is spread on top of the blocks and they’ve vibrated again. This last vibration sends the top sand into any remaining gaps between the blocks. Your drive is then ready to enjoy.