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. Block paving is a brilliant material as its flat, easy to install and easy to repair, rather than lifting the whole block, you can replace one or two as they break meaning its more affordable ongoing and less maintenance.
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. Make sure you always seek the advice of a quality driveway company before you undertake any projects.
Where Do You Use Block Paving?
Block paving is mainly used for patios and driveways as well as pathways. You’ll see many driveways using block paving because it looks great and is affordable and also comes in many different colours.
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, it can be more costlier than the tarmac driveway or concrete options but it looks so much better and is much more durable than the other options.
Benefits Of Block Paving:
- Adds value to your property and real kerb appeal
- Enhances the look of a property or area
- 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 is usually installed by driveway specialists, this is because they know the best way to lay and interlock the bricks in the correct way. By employing a company to carry out installation of the blocked paving you will be guaranteed a perfect drive, they 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. If you are thinking of installing a block paving driveway, we recommend you speak to a quality driveway company with a proven background in driveways and patios, its not easy to install block paving if you have never done this before. You need to ensure type 1 hardcore is laid and a membrane set down to protect against weeds.
It takes a bit of time to install block paving, it depends on the size of the area, but a standard 2 car driveway can take around 3 days from start to finish all going well.
How is Block Paving installed?
Block paving starts off with site preparation and excavation, the site will need to be inspected and then excavated depending on the land and if there is already an existing driveway. If you have soft land or soft spots a sub base may need to be installed to provide a more stable foundation.
The site will need to be edged out so you have a set space to excavate and lay out the block paving, all block paving come with a standard sub base. The land will be compacted with a compactor and then a layer of sharp sand will need to be laid on top of it, which should be raked and then checked with string lines and screeding rails to ensure it is level.
The installer will then start to lay the block paving ensuring it is laid out in your desired pattern and the colours flow in a way that’s appropriate for the chosen pattern. They will use blocks from different packs to ensure you aren’t left with noticeable different shadings of colour patches.
Once the laying of the blocks is finished kiln dried sand will be brushed into the joints, and compacted using a vibrating plate, this helps to strengthen the interlocking and also ensures the blocks are laid level. The process will be carried out a second time to ensure no joints are left unfilled.
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. A 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.