Breaking Down Driveway Paving: What You Need to Know

Driveway paving can be hugely beneficial for a number of reasons, from improving the shape of your driveway, to making your whole house look much more aesthetically pleasing.

If you’re considering improving and maximising the potential of the front of your house with driveway paving, then we’re here to break it down for you.

What is driveway paving?

Essentially it’s the term used to describe any type of block paving used on your driveway surface. It boils down to the actual shape of your driveway, the materials used to fill the shape, and the installation process itself.

Of course the material you use for your driveway paving needs to be attractive, practical, durable and cost effective. There are a wide variety of driveway types to choose from, and you can check out the most popular ones here.

What materials can be used for driveway paving?

Many different types of material can be used to pave your driveway, and they each come with their own unique look and benefits. The best thing to consider before choosing a certain material, is how exactly you want your driveway to look.

If it’s a more modern feel you’re after; then you could consider imprinted concrete. Or if you’re after a more natural look; then a resin bound surface could give you a more traditional vibe.

It’s important to weigh up the cost of each type of material you can use to pave your driveway, as some will be more costly than others. The most popular materials that are commonly used, include:

  • Concrete blocks/slabs.
  • Natural stone or sandstone.
  • Granite.
  • Slate.
  • Cobbles and setts.

How can you estimate the cost?

In order to estimate the potential cost of your driveway paving you’ll need to consider the following three things:

1 - The materials

You will need to measure the area you want to pave, then you’ll be able to accurately work out the material you’ll need.

2 - The installation

You’ll likely need driveway paving professionals to do the job, unless you know exactly how to lay some driveway paving yourself. So, you’ll need to factor in this cost as well. Each bit of material will need to be laid and levelled with the rest of the drive, which is a highly skilled process.

3 - The maintenance

The costs associated with driveway maintenance are also something you need to think about. If your driveway has been paved with individual blocks then these can sometimes come loose over time. If you notice them starting to wobble or they feel loose, then you’ll need to get them re-fitted. Even concrete paving can develop issues between blocks if they haven’t been laid correctly by experts. Gaps can also be susceptible to weeds and moss, meaning you’ll need to invest in some weed control products.

At Premier Surfacing, our highly trained operatives provide a variety of driveway paving options to help you create your dream driveway.

Contact us for a free quote today on 01952840838.

Published: February 2019

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