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 paving contractor 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.
Types of Blocks
There are many different types of paving that can work for your landscaping, depending on its purpose, size and the look you’re trying to achieve. When looking for a way to pave your driveway, you’ll have lots of different options to choose from. You can choose from concrete or clay, depending on your area’s weather and the look you want. Some options will be appropriate for certain areas, like driveways, while others may be more suited for pool decks and patios. Clay is more compact but more durable and easy to maintain. Concrete does fade over time, but it may be easier to install.
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.
If you’re looking to install a new driveway, there are a few things that you need to think about before you get started. You’ll find all of the information here – and a link to one of our experts who can advise you based on your situation.
Most frequent questions and answers
Block paving is a wonderful addition to any yard, but it can be damaged by weeds, because the pores are not completely sealed and that allows them to grow through. After a block paving has settled, it is important that the surface be sealed. Sealing will give the paving a longer life span, making them very cost effective. Sealing the surface can help protect it from the elements, and make it more comfortable to walk on.
Block paving has a strong visual impact, but they can cost a lot to replace so the longevity of your paving can be increased with simple sealer treatments.