Block Paving & Patios For Birmingham Residential Homes & Commercial Premises
Driveway block paving in Birmingham is an excellent option to help improve the external aesthetic’s of your home, add more value and be more highly cost-effective in the long-run.
However, hiring local driveway experts to give you exactly what your looking for and a stress-free experience can be a challenge. However, look no further than Majesticlay because the moment you make contact with us we will aim to make the whole process a very simple and enjoyable one.
Benefits Of Block Paving
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Our Actual Process
The process is relatively simple and needs four things:
- A sub-base
- Edge restraint
- Paving sand
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.
Block Paving Driveway Ideas
If your at the research stage in your driveway planning and trying to get some ideas to improve curb appeal or add more £ then hopefully this gallery can ignite some inspiration for you. Block paved drives are durable, attractive and easy-to-maintain compared to some other driveway surfaces.
With over a 2 decades worth of experience in the city of b1 we know what we’re talking about and so for an all-round, jargon-free look at block paving and cost’s, as well as other types of driveway advice check out this excellent driveway material guide we recently created for more in depth advice.
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. Black block paving is another option although most stockist including Marshall’s will have more closer to a dark “Basalt”.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, you do not need planning permission for a block paved driveway. 12 years ago In 2008 a change in law made it legal for anyone wanting a hard-standing driveway to do so. For more information on this and more visit this article on getting planning permission
In our opinion, yes, you should seal block paving. It not only helps protect against all the elements it leaves a better finish. With better driveway maintenance your more likely to help towards the value of your own home, should you look to sell in the future. Here is a full look at the benefits of sealing.
The #1 surface material for a slopped drive is block paving. There is an argument for resin bonded but in our opinion the friction increasing between rubber and surface helps better in poorer weather conditions.