12.11.2019
Being able to park your car outside of your home isn’t easy for everyone. Even if you’ve paid for a permit it’s no guarantee that there will always be a spot on the street. This is why many people opt to transform their front lawn into a brand new driveway. Choosing the right driveway surfacing to create their own space that’s always free to use.  But is converting your front lawn the right option for you? 

What are the benefits? 

Having your own driveway can help to eliminate the stress associated with having to park your vehicle on the road, as well as the expense. And there are various other benefits too, including: 
  • Your vehicle being more secure, with far less chance of another vehicle knocking into it and causing damage such as a clipped wing, which can cost you time and money.
  • The area outside of your driveway will be made exclusively available to you, as no one will be able to park there and block you in. 
  • You’ll add more value to your home, as an attractive driveway can not only enhance the overall aesthetics of your home, it can also increase its sale value due to the demand for parking spaces. 
These are just some of the advantages of having a driveway, and you can read about some more fantastic benefits here

What affects the cost? 

A number of factors can affect how much it will cost you to convert your front lawn, including: 
  • The overall size of the new driveway, the materials you choose to build it with, and the cost of labour.
  • The current state of the lawn and its foundations.
  • The overall design of the new driveway, and whether you need to create a drop kerb, which allows for easy access.
If you want a more accurate idea of just how much your new driveway will cost, you can speak to us for a free quotation - we’ll take into account your exact requirements and budget. There are plenty of different driveway types for you to choose from; whether it’s block paving, concrete, or tarmac - at Premier Surfacing, our experts will help you figure out the most suitable driveway surface.
Published: November 2019

I would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all of my family and friends. A first class job done.

Mr & Mrs Naggington
Market Drayton
14.12.2018
We’ve talked about how to best deal with snow and ice on your driveway this winter, but what if your driveway could handle the snow and ice on it’s own? What if you didn’t even have to leave the house to shovel or sprinkle salt? This is where a heated driveway comes in. A heated driveway may seem like a little bit of an extravagant luxury, but if you happen to live in a part of the UK that frequently gets icy, or has some snowfall, then the potential benefits could save you time and money.

How exactly does a heated driveway work?

As the name suggests, a heated driveway can essentially keep its concrete surface at just the right temperature to melt any ice or falling snow. There are actually two variations of heating systems that are used for this type of driveway. One uses an electrical current, which works in a similar way to underfloor heating, to generate heat. The other method involves the use of tubes, which pump antifreeze water under the surface of the driveway.

So, what are the benefits of a heated driveway?

  • Your driveway will be much safer to walk on in winter, and the risk of you or someone else slipping and falling on any ice will be eliminated.
  • You’ll be able to avoid accidentally chipping or scraping the surface of your driveway, because you won’t need to use a shovel or ice pick.
  • You won’t need to use any salt or de-icer on particularly icy or snow covered areas of your driveway. Since these can have damaging effects to the surface and to any nearby vegetation, minimising their use is very beneficial.
  • You’ll be able to prevent further long-term damage to the surface, as there will be less moisture left on the driveway to seep through any cracks.
  • You won’t have to spend a lot on maintenance costs, as typically once a heated driveway is installed, there’ll be nothing else required to run it for many years.
Whether or not you want to install a heated driveway is of course entirely down to you. Keep in mind that you will have to remove your existing driveway in order to install the system. At Premier Surfacing, our highly trained operatives, plant operators and supervisors are dedicated to helping you get your dream driveway, so feel free to check out our range of paving services. Or for more information, contact us today on 01952 840 838.
Published: December 2018

The work was completed to a very high standard, in a very short time with the minimum of noise and disruption to residents.

Mr Taft
Telford
03.04.2018
When it comes to choosing the right kind of surface for your driveway, block paving is one of the best options. Not only is it cost-effective and environmentally sustainable, block paving is also incredibly versatile. There are a number of styles and patterns that can be used, ranging from a mixed colour design to intricate layers. As block paving specialists, we have plenty of experience with creating bespoke driveways, so we’ve come up with a list of five designs to consider:

Basket weave

The basket weave is one of the most common and simplistic patterns. It’s best suited to a driveway with a long, straight edge and there’s little cutting involved. Different colours can be utilised with the basket weave design for a more eye-catching style.

Herringbone at 90 degrees

Considered the easiest form of block paving to put down, this specific type of herringbone pattern is laid at a 90 degree angle. The paving is installed through the use of a straight-edged timber rail. This method also allows for half a block to be used each time, meaning you’ll be able to use anything that’s leftover.

Herringbone at 45 degrees

This is the most difficult kind of pattern to install, due to the angle. Unlike the 90 degree variant, the 45 degrees uses up an entire block when it’s put down. This leaves a lot of waste behind. The first few blocks need to be correctly lined up so the pattern direction is straight.

Mixed colour

A good way of achieving a unique driveway is by mixing different coloured blocks together. You could have a darker block to offset a brighter one, providing an interesting contrast. A multi-coloured pattern works with a herringbone and standard design.

Diamond

One of the most intricate kind of block paving designs is a diamond pattern. If you’re looking to be creative, then there are plenty of variations to choose from with diamond block paving. The colour of the diamond is usually the same colour as the border paving. This is done to showcase the specific shape and make the driveway stand out. At Premier Surfacing, our experienced staff are on hand to work with you every step of the way to make sure you have the right kind of block paving. We cover a range of areas, including Staffordshire, Cheshire and Stoke. For more information call us on 01952 840 838.
Published: April 2018

I would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all of my family and friends. A first class job done.

Mr & Mrs Naggington
Market Drayton
09.02.2018
The material you use for the surface of your driveway can have a big impact on its overall appearance and practicality. Block paving and resin are popular materials, though there are less conventional substances that can make your driveway stand out. For example, a cellular paving system is ideal if you want to allow grass to grow and reduce flooding problems for certain organisms. But what kind of materials are used in a cellular paving system?

What is a cellular paving system?

The system is an eco-friendly option that combines plastic, gravel and grass together. They usually come in a hexagonal cell mesh that’s placed over an existing surface to provide a protective and environmentally sustainable layer. Once the mesh has been put down, the cells can be filled with soil or compost to facilitate a green atmosphere. There are a variety of cellular paving systems available.

How is the system constructed?

Construction methods will differ depending on the system, but there’s a similar pattern to follow. Foliage and topsoil needs to be removed to an exact depth and made level. Some systems may require a composite membrane to be put down, aiding drainage and ensuring that roots don’t go too far down. The sub-base should be a porous material and the laying course is likely to be grit sand to support the cellular structure.

What are the advantages?

A major advantage of a cellular system is that they are more environmentally friendly compared to hard surface driveways. As the mesh retains water it’s less likely for it to run straight into the drain, reducing the risk of flooding. A byproduct is that plant life will grow and create a more attractive driveway. A cellular paving system helps to prevent the loss of microhabitats for insects and the local bird population. As insects are a main food source, birds are more likely to gravitate to areas that have the system in place. Another advantage involves a cellular system not heating up in the summer compared to a regular driveway. As a result, it won’t release heat and contribute to the warming of the atmosphere. Cellular paving systems are becoming more popular due the ease of which they can be installed. At Premier Surfacing, we offer a range of services that can help to get your ideal driveway. Contact us today for a quote and more information.
Published: February 2018

I would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all of my family and friends. A first class job done.

Mr & Mrs Naggington
Market Drayton
26.10.2017
One of the most frequent questions we receive is whether block paving or pattern imprinted concrete is the right choice for patios and driveways. And of course the answer depends entirely on the project. To give a clearer picture of whether block paving or imprinted concrete is the right choice for your residential property, here’s an overview of both materials.  

Durability

Both offer the same amount of durability but because pattern imprinted concrete is monolithic it will not sink which is what can happen with block paving if a suitable sub base is not installed, or low quality slabs are used. However, the sealant on pattern imprinted concrete can deteriorate more quickly than usual if it sees a significant amount of traffic.  

Maintenance & Repair

Pattern imprinted concrete does not suffer from weed, moss or grass growth as there’s no space for the matter to push through. However, this can happen with block paving due to the nature of the installation and the tiny gaps between the blocks. For this reason block paving requires more maintenance to keep it looking good. Pattern imprinted concrete simply needs resealing every few years. On the other hand, block paving is much easier to repair as individual blocks can be replaced if they become cracked or broken. Pattern imprinted concrete is much trickier to repair and it can be difficult to repair small areas without it being extremely obvious and ruining the overall aesthetic. So it can become quite expensive to repair if the whole area needs to be redone.  

Aesthetic Quality

It could be argued that block paving delivers a superior aesthetic however, the whole point of patterned imprinted concrete is to mimic the look of block paving so you’re going to end up with a similar standard whichever one you opt for. Both offer a range of designs, styles and colours to work with to create your perfect outdoor area. However, it does depend on who is installing the materials. Pattern imprinted concrete can look inferior if not aligned properly.  

Environmental Issues

Because block paving can be provided as a permeable option, it requires no additional drainage and will comply with planning regulations that relate to front gardens and resurfacing. However, because pattern imprinted concrete is non-permeable, it does need proper drainage solutions to comply with planning regulations.  

Price

Price is a deciding factor for lots of people so it’s good to know which is the most cost-effective option to consider. It’s generally considered that pattern imprinted concrete is the cheaper option but it depends on the size and scale of the project. Contact us at premier Surfacing to get a quote, we’re block paving specialists and can also create beautiful pattern imprinted concrete driveways for you.
Published: October 2017

I would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all of my family and friends. A first class job done.

Mr & Mrs Naggington
Market Drayton
22.08.2017
Everybody wants to achieve that perfect looking house. Taking pride in your home is something that we can all relate to. Whether it’s because we want to live in luxury and comfort, or we see our home as an investment, making the most of our home can be done in a number of ways. Most focus on the kitchen and bathroom; two rooms which are integral to any home, but what about the exterior of the home? The outside can be just as important as the inside. After all, first impressions count and the first thing people see when they approach your house is the outside. Increasing the overall aesthetic of the exterior of your home, whilst increasing the value of your property can be achieved in a really simple and easy way - block paving. Block paving is a popular choice with homeowners but has the benefit of providing a unique and distinctive finish so every home doesn’t look the same. Here are just a few ways block paving can benefit and add value to your property.

Enhancing The Appearance of Your Home

Block paving is one of the most attractive types of paving homes can have. It comes in a variety of different styles to create a bespoke pattern and finish to complement every individual home. A well-designed block paving driveway provides a fantastic approach to your home and enhances the kerb appeal which is essential for potential buyers.

Cost and Time-Effective

Adding value to your home can be extremely costly. For example, the average cost of a new kitchen in the UK is around £7,000 and if you don’t have that kind of spare cash lying around it can become pretty difficult to achieve. Plus, it can be a lengthy process to remodel. Block paving is a much more cost-effective and time efficient way to add value to your home, without having any internal disruption.

Convenient Off-road Parking

Parking can be the bane of many homeowners existence but by installing a block paving driveway you instantly create secure, off-road parking. Any potential buyers will see this as a massive advantage compared with other properties which means you can bump up the asking price.

Block Paving Specialists

Here at Premier Surfacing, we are block paving specialists who have transformed many driveways with different patterns and designs, including both traditional and contemporary styles. All of our block paving work adheres to the requirements of relevant British and European standards, to which the need for any rectification and rework is minimised. We use only the best materials on the market: Marshalls, Blockleys and Brett and all blocks are made to the British Standard 6717/6677. If you’re looking for block paving specialists to improve the look of your driveway and the overall appearance of the exterior of your home, contact us at Premier Surfacing.  
Published: August 2017

I can truly say that I could not wish to have worked with a more impressive and professional contractor than Premier Surfacing. Thank you all for all your hard work.

Mr Ezea
Shrewsbury
24.04.2017
Block paving is perhaps one of the most versatile, long-term and cost-effective methods of surfacing your driveway or garden. Whether you want your home’s exterior to look simplistic, elegant or quirky, the possibilities are endless when it comes to block paving designs. Need some inspiration? Here are a few block paving designs to consider:

Break Tradition

If you’d like to embrace traditional patterns but you’re keen to put a unique spin on your driveway, consider using bricks that break the mould. The wavy bricks pictured below could be perfect for those looking to create a simple design with a softer feel.

Make a Statement

If you want your garden or driveway to stand out from the rest, why not use your block paving to make a statement? You could cover the majority of the surface in neutral bricks before creating a contemporary focal point like the design pictured below. If you’re adding a contemporary design like this to your garden, you could even place a table and chairs in the centre and plant pots all around the edges of your garden. If you fancy being a little more adventurous, you could go crazy and treat the surface like one giant mosaic. We love the design below as it reminds us of Gaudi’s mosaics in Barcelona. If you have children, they’ll love running around the garden and following the crazy patterns until they’re dizzy. That’s one way to keep them occupied!

Experiment With Colour

While neutral colours can help you create a sophisticated look, adding a splash of colour can really add an original touch to your driveway. In the picture below, bright colours have been mixed with white and grey to create a quirky feel with lots of character. We love how none of the bricks in this picture are perfect, making them look old and worn. If you’re a fan of all things vintage, this could be the look for you. If you want to use colour in a more organised way, this design could be more to your taste. This one reminds us of a race track, making it perfect for running rings around your neighbours. Although the design below might not go down too well with the neighbours if it’s placed on your driveway, it shows just how much fun can be had with block paving. A playful design like this could work well if placed in your back garden, particularly if you break it up with flowers and plants while neutralising it a little with minimal or rustic accessories. Your surfacing company is likely to have a wide range of designs to choose from to suit every taste.  But, if you have your own idea in mind, let them know so that you can work together to plan the design.
Published: April 2017

We’re very happy our new imprinted concrete driveway, the quality of workmanship is second to none and we would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all.

Anita Hancock
Shropshire
24.04.2017
There are lots of ways to get creative with driveway and patio designs beyond the standard tarmac or asphalt options. Both of these make for practical, long lasting quality surfaces, but there are plenty off opportunities beyond them to enhance the appearance of your home. Here are just a few ideas...

Choose A Different Base

Block Paving and Imprinted Concrete are two popular choices when it comes to designing unique patios and driveways. Block paving allows for a range of different designs, patterns and shapes in either a traditional or contemporary style. You can choose the colour, texture and material of your individual blocks to create a completely personalised and bespoke finish. The block paving can be as simple or as intricate as you like. The beauty is in the complete versatility it brings. Imprinted concrete is made by pouring concrete onto the area and then adding colour and a printed design whilst the concrete is still wet. You can choose from a range of designs, opting for the one that suits your home and personal taste.

Lighting

Many homeowners are choosing to add lighting features to their patios and driveways for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the addition of lighting can help with safety and security, as illuminating your drive or patio can deter burglars and thieves. But in addition to helping keeping your property secure, lighting features also allow you to get creative with the exterior of your home. Options include overhead lighting, solar spotlights, rope lighting to line a walkway or coloured lighting to create a certain mood... The world is your oyster when it comes to lighting!

Get Creative With Your Features

Incorporating interesting or unusual features in your patio or driveway can allow you to achieve a really creative and attractive end result. Standing out from the crowd with the exterior of your home is never a bad thing, and there are so many different things you can add to achieve this. Whether it’s gravel pits, stone features, dedicated walkways, statues or whatever you want - let your imagination run wild! As domestic and commercial surfacing specialist we can help you create the patio or driveway of your dreams - however creative you want!  Contact Us today to get started.
Published: April 2017

We’re very happy our new imprinted concrete driveway, the quality of workmanship is second to none and we would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all.

Anita Hancock
Shropshire
24.04.2017
Pattern imprinted concrete and block paving are two of the most popular choices for driveways and patios. They offer something a little more interesting than plain concrete or tarmac. But how do you choose between imprinted concrete or block paving? And how do you know which one is best for you? First of all, the methods for each driveway option are completely different: Pattern Imprinted Concrete - a suitable sub-base is laid down and then a layer of concrete is poured over the top. Your chosen colour is applied and whilst the concrete is still wet, a specific pattern is imprinted to create your chosen effect. Block Paving - individual bricks or blocks are laid down in a predetermined pattern. You can choose the colour and material of the bricks, as well as the design of the overall pattern. There are pros and cons to each driveway choice but overall, they are both excellent options to choose. We’ll have a look at the similarities and differences of both types of finish.

Durability

Block paving is extremely durable, slightly more so than pattern imprinted concrete. However, over time, and if the blocks aren't laid properly, they can start to spread or loosen. Some sink-age can occur with specific blocks too if a heavy vehicle is parked for long stretches or if there is heavy foot traffic. Pattern imprinted concrete won't spread or loosen because of the solid base that is formed, however, it does have a shorter shelf life overall.

Installation

Pattern imprinted concrete has a little bit of a quicker installation process which is reflected in the price, compared to block paving. You can cover a large area fairly quickly via pattern imprinted concrete whereas block paving is a slightly more laboured process.

Maintenance

Both types of finishes do require some maintenance to ensure that they retain their longevity and that they stay looking well. Pattern imprinted concrete requires the sealant to be reapplied every 2-4 years, whereas with block paving you really just need to give it a clean and a brush to keep it looking good, although beware of weeds...

Weeds

These nuisances find their way into seemingly every nook and cranny! There’s more chance of this happening with block paving simply due to the tiny gaps that will be left between each block or brick. While these gaps are perfectly normal and just occur where each block meets the next, it does mean that pesky weeds can sneak their way in. You just have to stay on top of the maintenance to keep them at bay. Whilst weeds can occur with pattern imprinted concrete, the likelihood is very very low. Price Block paving is more expensive than pattern imprinted concrete because you’re buying individual bricks rather than just concrete and colour. However, block paving is more durable and is cheaper to repair, so that’s something to factor in when weighing up the price difference.

Drainage

Block paving requires no additional drainage and is classed as a permeable option. Pattern imprinted concrete however is a non-permeable option which means you must incorporate proper drainage solutions. This is vital to comply with garden and patio regulations that are in place.

Repair/access

Block paving bricks can be easily lifted up, and replaced, if access is needed underneath or the bricks need repairing. There is minimal disruption and once the blocks are replaced it usually looks as good as new. With pattern imprinted concrete it’s a bit trickier to gain access underneath and afterwards, can look a little disjointed. It’s much easier to tell when you’ve had to repair pattern imprinted concrete which leads some people to have the whole driveway or patio replaced. This can obviously be very expensive.

Aesthetics

Most people generally prefer the look of block paving compared to pattern imprinted concrete. That isn’t to say that pattern imprinted concrete doesn’t look good. Quite the opposite in fact. You can create intricate designs that attempt to mirror the look of block paving or Indian stones in a more time-effective and slightly cheaper way.

Conclusion

Whether you choose block paving or pattern imprinted concrete, you need to ensure that you use a reputable, skilled paving company who can do the job to a high standard. Then, no matter which option you choose, you’ll be happy with the result. There are some differences between the two options and whether these affect your decision will depend entirely on your own circumstances. We’re specialists in block paving and pattern imprinted concrete, so whichever you choose we can both help from offering advice right through to laying your chosen surface.  Contact us to discuss your requirements and we can get started on your perfect exterior today!
Published: April 2017

I would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all of my family and friends. A first class job done.

Mr & Mrs Naggington
Market Drayton
24.04.2017
Block paving is a popular choice for homeowners because it offers an extremely attractive and long-term finish. With block paving, there is a wide range of options to choose from depending on the aesthetics of your house. With a variety of colours, designs, textures and materials to choose from, you can really create a unique driveway that complements your home.  Once your block paving driveway has been installed, you can expect a guarantee of up to five years. However, it should be regularly cleaned in order to keep it looking in tip top shape for as long as possible.

One of the Questions That we Get Asked Regularly Here at Premier Surfacing is “Can You Pressure Wash Block Paving?”

The short answer is yes you can. But there are some conditions. Pressure washing is a good way of keeping your block paving in great condition, but if you do it incorrectly, or too frequently, you can damage your paving and ruin your driveway. The high pressure can disrupt the block paving bed surface, as well as the joining material which can cause your blocks to crack or come loose.

Tips For Using a Pressure Washer on Your Block Paving

  • It’s a good idea to sweep any loose debris and dirt off your driveway before you start with the pressure washer.
  • Ensure you have your pressure washer on a low setting and keep it at a 30 degree angle to prevent the force of the water jet from damaging your block paving.
  • Try not to stay too long on individual blocks; adopt more of a sweeping motion to ensure the water isn't concentrated in one place. You should still be able to get the dirt off. There’s no need to use any chemicals, the water will do.
  • Similarly, try and adjust your nozzle to a fan of water rather than a pointed jet to keep damage to a minimal.
  • Pressure washers should only be used occasionally. Too much use will damage your driveway.

Regular Basic Cleaning

You should regularly maintain your block paving driveway with soapy water and a stiff scrubbing brush with thick bristles, taking care not to disjoint any of the joining material or blocks. By regularly cleaning your driveway in this basic way, you can reduce the need to pressure wash your driveway. For any advice or tips on block paving, contact Premier Surfacing - your block paving specialists.
Published: April 2017

The work was completed to a very high standard, in a very short time with the minimum of noise and disruption to residents.

Mr Taft
Telford