Block Paving Driveways Nottingham
Block paving is a popular option for driveways, and it’s not hard to see why. Block paving offers many benefits over other types of driveway materials such as gravel or concrete, including cost-effectiveness and longevity. However, block paving installation can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing! In this blog post we’ll cover how block paving companies do it with the right tools and materials, who does the job most often in your area, and some things to consider before committing to block paving for your driveway.
Block paving is a type of driveway material that can be fashioned in many different shapes, sizes and colors. The blocks themselves are typically made from concrete or crushed rock mixed with sand, cement and water. Blocks may also include other additives such as polymer for strength and stability, salt to lower the freezing point, or gravel to reduce weight.
Block paving is typically installed on driveways, walkways or patios. It’s a popular material for outdoor spaces that see heavy foot traffic and can withstand the elements well.
Advantages of Block Paving Driveways
- Durable surface suitable in many climates where snowfall may be present year round. Other advantages include :
- Cost effective
- Easy to install. Installing block paving is often done in just one day and requires minimal tools like a shovel, wheelbarrow and concrete tamping rod.
- Block paving can be installed over virtually any existing surface meaning that it encompasses many different types of projects for homeowners who want to give their outdoor
The Block Paving Process
Block paving is often called “paving over the ground” because it involves installing an even layer of stones or blocks on top of a compacted gravel base in order to create new driveways, paths and walkways.
The materials used for block paved surfaces are typically
- natural stone
- concrete pavers
- cobblestones, or
- brick set in sand-cement mortar with asphalt topping.
Block pavements can be created by hand placing individual block units one at a time; however as a professional block paving company, we install them using automated equipment that lays multiple layers of cement paver units simultaneously onto a prepared surface to form an integrated pavement. This allows for rapid installation and less labor intensive work than traditional methods – reducing cost as well
- Hammer drill machine for drilling holes into hard ground
- Towel/rag to clear away any debris around hole before starting work
- Chisel tool for cutting block corners off so they fit tightly into the block
- Paint brush for applying adhesive to cracks in block surface and joints between blocks
- Block-cutter, block extractor and block knife.
- Trowel or other tool for filling sub-base with sand before laying block paving
- Wooden block spacers, a.k.a ‘bats,’ so that you can leave small gaps between your blocks while installing them – this is important as it ensures a more even look once they’re all laid down!
Block Paving Installation Steps
- Preparation of site including taking measurements and marking out area where work will take place; clearing away any debris from site.
- Digging down to the required level for your sub base (usually around 17 cm below ground)
- Laying a layer of sand across entire area where blocks will go
- Positioning wooden spacers before starting work on first block; laying out second block against the previous one, making sure there is enough room between them for next row and then inserting spacers into space you have created; continue working until all necessary blocks are laid down. Make sure you leave gaps at each end of rows.
- We ensue that blocks are laid in a pattern which ensures stability.
- (We supply the correct number of blocks for your project and lay them out on site to avoid any confusion)
- Compact block with an iron roller using slow even strokes across entire surface; roll well but not too hard or you may damage bricks
- When the block has been compacted enough there will no longer be air pockets between individual bricks and they’ll make a sound like ‘thud’ if tapped together
- Mixing up cementitious material (mix) into mortar mix by adding water slowly until reaches desired consistency – this mixture can then be spread onto block foundation and block will be laid on top. If we need to make a pattern with the block, we use mortar mix and pour it onto the block
- Using a hand trowel or masonry knife, spread out mortar until about half an inch thick. If using more than one layer of block for your project, let each layer dry before applying next
- Place block onto wet surface – any excess mortar should seep down into gaps between bricks and level out over time as they are compressed by weight of other blocks
- Start laying rows from end to beginning; if there’s already been some laid then start at opposite side so that joints match up
- When placing blocks together press them firmly but not too hard against each other in order to avoid air pockets and gaps – block paving in the UK is a trade that needs to be done with care
- When laying block, try not to create compound angles
- Smooth out joints by hand or give them a quick pass with a trowel; if it’s still too rough for your liking then use jointing sandpaper on block edges.