Block Paving Driveways & Bricks

Block paving Driveways is a very popular flooring system and can give your driveway or patio that unique look you desire. It offers a strong aesthetic appeal, revitalizing your property while also being durable and long-lasting. Block paving, sometimes called brick paving, refers to the use of blocks or bricks for decorating your pavement.

Block Paving Driveways therefore are driveways made with blocks or bricks creating a hardwearing and durable pavement for your outdoor look. This is becoming a choice method over other methods because the use of bricks guarantees that individual blocks can be replaced at any time if they suffer damage without necessarily having to destroy a large portion of the driveway.

Bricks used for block paving driveways come in various shapes, block paving colours, textures and sizes meaning that a whole lot can be done on your block paved driveway to give it both an artistic and stunning look while not compromising durability. It also means that you will certainly find a colour or texture that best suits your style.

One of the most popular patterns with block paving is the herringbone pattern. It is widely used due to its strength and strong bone as a result of its interlocking.

Block paving is versatile as it can be used for driveways, pavements, sidewalks and patios. It offers both strength, durability and elegance while coming in varying stylish forms meaning that it is a great addition to your home and also a great surface solution for your driveways and walkways.

Different Type of Block Paving

COBBLE BLOCK PAVING

(cobbled driveway)

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AUTUMN BLOCK PAVING
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SANDSTONE BLOCK PAVING
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GREY BLOCK PAVING

(grey driveway blocks)

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RUMBLED BLOCK PAVING

(grey driveway blocks)

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LIMESTONE BLOCK PAVING
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In addition, you also have various options of surface finishes for your block paving driveways. Therefore, with the right driveway blocks, you can give your outdoor space no matter the size, shape, topography and dimensions a hard-wearing cosmetic upgrade it deserves.

When you contact us, for your outdoor space decoration both paving and driveways, you can be sure to have elegant beautiful driveways that enhance the beauty of your property.

Benefits of Block Paving Driveways

The use of block paving for your driveway comes with enormous benefits. Although it is quite expensive when compared to other options such as Resin Driveway, Concrete Driveway, Gravel Driveway and Tarmac/Asphalt Driveway, its durability and strength makes it economical in the long run and a very wise choice for your outdoor space.

The advantages of a block paved driveway include;

  • It adds value and enhances the look of your home and property.
  • It comes in a variety of colours, textures and shapes presenting you with enormous options for your driveway.
  • Block paving driveways can be designed in diverse patterns and styles meaning that you will most certainly find the right design for your project
  • Its interlocking design provides enhanced strength for the entire structure.
  • Maintenance is minimal as it mostly requires no costly repairs since individual bricks can be replaced if faulty without affecting the entire driveway.
  • Block paving driveways are more fade resistant than most other driveway alternatives such as the gravel driveway.
  • It allows for easy drainage without the needs for constructing a separate drainage system.
  • Block paving driveways are durable and cost effective.

Block Paving Materials

The materials used for making the bricks used in block paving driveways are made of

  • Concrete
  • Clay
  • Natural Stone or other composite materials

Concrete

Concrete is the cheapest block paving brick and costs around £20 - £60 per m². It is commonly used and is made from porous materials, or from recycled materials such as rubble from old buildings and crushed glass. They are also made from crushed stone, sand and cement. It is easier to achieve a desired pattern with the concrete material because of its straight edges.

One drawback of the concrete material is that without application of a protectant, the colour will fade with time; it can also be stained by oil.

Clay

Clay blocks cost around £70 - £100 per m² but they do not fade like the concrete block and lasts a very long time. Clay block paving is able to withstand weather changes remaining stain-resistant and possessing anti-slip properties. It requires less maintenance than the concrete block paving.

However, clay blocks are harder to cut to desired shape and also have limited block depth meaning that they are not ideal for patterns.

Natural Stone

Natural stone is the most expensive block paving brick and costs between £50 - £105 per m². As the name implies, they are naturally sourced either from mines or quarries. Natural stone options include granite, slate, limestone and sandstone. Block paving driveways made with natural stones require low maintenance; they are very durable and won’t fade nor discolour over time. They are also frost resistant.

Who Installs Block Paving Driveways?

Block paving is installed usually by a qualified driveway specialist; this is to ensure that you get a professional job for your pavement driveway. Allowing an experienced labourer to undertake your block paving project is best as they know how to lay and interlock the blocks properly; it also guarantees that you have a quality driveway that will last the test of time. They will also give you expert advice on what is the best for your driveway, ensuring you get the design, pattern and right colour to match your style and property.

The time taken to complete the project will largely depend on the size of the space being paved and the amount of job to be done as well as the soil and topography of the site.

Steps Involved in Block Paving Installation

The following steps are taken in installing a block paving driveway. It is important that you have a sketch of what you want to do if you want to DIY.

First, the tools needed for a driveway installation include;

  • Spade/shovel
  • Broom
  • Rake
  • Spirit level
  • Tape measure
  • Mallet
  • Wheelbarrow
  • String
  • Pegs
  • Screed rails
  • Cement mixer
  • Compacting tool
  • Stone saw/box splitter

Materials you’ll need are:

  • Hardcore
  • Bricks (clay, concrete or stone)
  • Kiln-dried sand
  • Sharp sand
  • Cement
  • Ballast

It is recommended that when ordering materials, always try to order at least 10% extra material to ensure that you’ll have enough materials to complete the project.

If you are using blocks that are SUDS compliant (allowing permeability of water), you will not need a planning permission.

How Is Block Paving Installed?

Site preparation and excavation:

The site for the pavement driveway will need to be inspected and excavated. The excavation to be done will depend on the type of soil and if a driveway already exists. At this stage, it is necessary that all existing services such as pipes, cables and drainage be located and marked so that none of them will be damaged during excavation.

Furthermore, if rainwater is to be diverted away from your property onto the street, then there is a need to obtain planning permission. When this is obtained, then drainage can be channeled appropriately.

If you are doing it yourself, then you begin to dig out the area with a spade of shovel to a minimum depth of 150mm below the damp proof course of your building. You can alternatively hire a mini-excavator to ease the work especially if the area is large. This can be hired for £200 a day or £300 for a weekend.

Also, to drain water away especially if the land is flat, dig a gradual slope of about 1cm in every 60cm.

Laying Of Membrane, Hardcore And Compaction:

The next is to lay a membrane that will make the block paving impervious to weeds. This will be followed by 150mm which is compacted with a whacker. The layer of hardcore is necessary to support your paving. This can be done by placing the hardcore in two stages, the first 75mm is placed and then flattened with a compacting plate, thereafter the other 75mm layer of hardcore is added. It is important to flatten the hardcore five times each time to ensure complete evenness of the surface. This will help prevent sinkage or sagging of the driveway.

Adding Sharp sand and Edge Restraints:

With the hardcore put in, 40mm of sharp sand is added. Sand is used primarily as a filler to fill the space between the hardcore and the string line of the finished paving. The sand to be added has to be damp enough such that when you use your hands to make a ball of sand, it won’t break up. After adding the sand, level it with a compactor.

Before laying the blocks itself, edge restraints must be added to form a framework for the blocks and hold them together.

Mix cement and ballast in the ratio of 1:6 to make the foundation 100mm thick, then create a taut line fixed at the intended height of the finished paving. Place mixed cement 25mm under the taut line and use a mallet to tap in the edging. Ensure that the edging is of even height using a spirit level. With the edging fitted, pour concrete on the outside of the edging a little above halfway up the blocks- this is known as haunching.

Laying Of Paving:

Lay the blocks starting from the bottom of the slope in one corner or begin from a border. Lay the bricks one by one ensuring that each one laid is level with the previous brick. It is recommended that the bricks should be laid to sit about 10-15mm above the final paving string line.

After laying the blocks, spread the kiln-dried sand and spread it into the joints. Use a vibrating plate to compact the sand and continue this until all the joints are filled. This is done to strengthen the interlocking and ensure that the blocks are of the same level.

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SUDs and Permeable Block Paving

SUDS stands for sustainable drainage system which is a method of draining that is designed such that water will drain naturally back into the water table instead of flooding on an impermeable material and causing water pollution.

You may have to pay £30-£60 per m² for a permeable, SUDS compliant paving.

The Durability of Block Paving

The durability of block paving driveways is affected by the material used. While clay and natural stone bricks will not discolour, concrete bricks will fade over time if they are not treated.

Additionally, oil can stain a concrete block paving if left to stand and not cleaned immediately.

Block paving is generally long-lasting and if well maintained can last up to 25years although most manufacturers give a 10-20year guarantee.

Block Paving Ideas

We have several block paving ideas for gardens as well as block paving patio ideas to give you examples of what can be done on your outdoor space with block paving.

Block Paving Maintenance and Cleaning

In order to maintain the colour of the block paving and increase its durability, it Is important that regular cleaning be done. It is ideal to have an annual cleaning during the springtime.

Observe the following maintenance procedures;

  • To rid the surface of stains, use a strong broom and water to wash and scrub the block paving.
  • A power washer applied with medium pressure can be used to wash the block paving.
  • A weed preventer can also be applied on the joints to stop weeds from sprouting
  • It is also important to make sure that cleaning products are rinsed and securely kept.

We have also broken down what to do when specific types of stains come on your block paving driveway;

Oil and Grease Stains

It is advised to get rid of oil and grease stains as fast as possible because they can be very difficult to remove. Use an absorptive material like a cloth or paper towels. Do not rub, rather soak up the stain so that the stain will not spread and get deeper into the paving.

For very stubborn stains, scrub the stain away using a strong detergent and water. Alternatively, you can use an emulsifying degreaser.

Paint Stains

Similar to cleaning off oil and grease stains, paint spills should be soaked up using an absorptive cloth and thereafter, wash the affected area with warm water and detergent. If the paint is already dried, you can scrape it off and also use a paint remover.

Mortar and Cement Stains

This can be removed using mortar remover for light dried mortar stains. You may also scrape gently using warm, soapy water.

Lichen, Algae and Moss Stains

These can be taken care of by scrubbing off any dense plants. Also, a weed killer can be applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This may be repeated several times for best results.

Rust Stains

It is ideal to find the source of the rust stain and treat it, then wet the stained area and add a solution of 10% hydrochloric acid on the stain. Care should be taken while applying hydrochloric acid on a concrete paving as the acid can eat away at the concrete.

Tyre Marks

Most often, tyre marks will go off after a period of time but when they are persistent, you can scrub down with a strong detergent and hot water. Alternatively, you can use a power washer.

It is important that you re-sand and re-point any joint when the need arises. This might need to be done soon after paving is laid, this is as a result of the sand being porous.

We recommend you to seal your block pavement with a sealer to help prevent weeds from sprouting through the joints. It will also harden the sand while also protecting it from extreme weather conditions and stains.

For an acrylic based sealer, you will need to reseal your paving every 2-3 years, while a paving with a water-based sealer will need resealing every 3-5 years.

Block Driveway Cost

Your choice of material is the most important factor that determines the amount of the entire project. Concrete costs about £20-£60 per m², clay is more expensive, costing between £70-£100 per m² while the most expensive material is the natural stone, which costs £50-£105 per m².

Other factors that affect the cost of a driveway also include the size of your driveway, your location, if there is an existing driveway, drainage solutions, choice of pattern (complex patterns will increase cost), cost of labour, etc.

How Much Does Block Paving Cost

The table below shows block paving cost in the UK based on the material used. A small drive here is 40m² which can fit 1-2 cars. The medium drive is around 70m² while the large drives are around 100m² and should fit 3-4 cars.

DRIVE SIZE MATERIAL USED AVERAGE COST
Small Clay £2,800 - £4,500
Small Concrete £1,800 - £2,900
Small Natural stone £2,000 - £4,700
Medium Clay £4,900 - £7,500
Medium Concrete £2,400 - £4,700
Medium Natural stone £3,500 - £7,850
Large Clay £7,000 - £10,500
Large Concrete £3,000 - £6,500
Large Natural stone £5,000 - £11,000

Waste Removal Costs

SKIP SIZE AVERAGE PRICE
2-3 yards £65
4-5 yards £90
6 yards £115
8 yards £135
10 yards £170

The cost of hiring labour to take care of the waste if you are not doing it yourself is about £150 – £200 per day. Waste removal usually takes between 1-2days of labour.

Additional Block Paving Costs

Here are other additional costs you may incur for materials used in block paving:

ADDITIONAL COSTS AVERAGE PRICE
Hardcore £300
Blocks & edgings £1,700
Sharp sand £250
Kiln-dried sand £250
Skip hire £500

Block Paving Driveways Near Me

At YourResinDriveway, we have in stock a wide range of block paving in various colours and sizes ensuring that you will find what you need to suit your taste. Our block paving colours range from autumn colours, grey driveway blocks, light grey block paving, etc.

Our terracotta shade is one of the most popularly used shades due to its quality of brightening up an area very easily. Our colour palette also includes burnt orange, standard red; charcoal and brindle for a more neutral effect.

Our Cemex Chelsea Avenue Block Paving is a perfect choice if you want a rustic look and when finished adds a combination of shades of red, buff and charcoal all in one brick. Our Stone Market Vectra Dusted Charcoal Block Paving with its subtle dusted coral shades is also available to give your outdoor space that elegant look it deserves.

We also have in stock the Brett Aura Bronze Fleck Block Paving which has the ability to bring warmth and sunshine to your garden. It comes in shades of tan and brown adding luxury to your home.

Our block paving supply services cover the entire UK; therefore, distance is not a barrier to you; no matter where you are in the UK, we will certainly ensure that you are supplied with quality bricks and block paving materials according to your needs to give your driveway an exquisite look and your property the stunning upgrade you desire. If you are searching for an alternative to block paving for driveways in Liverpool, Manchester and surrounding areas then we can help.

We have many years of experience in dealing with people of diverse cultures, backgrounds, personalities and preferences when it comes to block paving driveways.

We have some of the best skilled installers who will do a professional job in laying your block paving driveway or patio and ensure that you are well satisfied. We use high quality materials and bricks to ensure that your driveway lasts for a very long time.

Our block paving driveways come with a 15year warranty and can be designed into whatever pattern and design you desire to give your driveway that exquisite look at comparatively low prices.

Reach out to us today for a no obligation quote and begin your journey towards revitalizing and adding value to your property and home.

FAQs

How Much Does A Block Paved Driveway Cost?

The average cost of block paving a driveway per square metre is about £50 to £100. Therefore, the cost of the entire project will depend on the size of the driveway. A small sized driveway of about 40 m² will cost about £3,000 to £3,500 while a large-sized driveway could cost as much as £7,000.

Your choice of design, material used and location can also have an impact on the cost of installing your block paved driveway.

Is Block Paving Good For Driveways?

Certainly. Block paving is highly recommended for your driveway. It is durable, requires little maintenance since individual blocks can be repaired if faulty while adding value to your property. They are also fade resistant and come in various patterns and designs so that you have a wide range of options for your driveway.

How Deep Do I Need To Dig For Block Paving?

The required depth for block paving is at least 150mm below the damp proof course of your house or property. If the land you are excavating is flat, we recommend you dig a gradual slope of 1cm for every 60cm of length so that surface water can easily drain away.

Why Is My Block Paving Sinking?

One of the reasons for a sunken block paving is poor installation. If it is not properly laid, it will sink. When enough of the soft earth was not excavated, or the hardcore wasn’t laid or was laid incorrectly, it will make the block paving to sink. It could also be because the materials used were substandard.

We recommend digging a depth of at least 150mm and placing the hardcore in two stages of 75mm each and flattening with a compacting plate multiple times to ensure evenness to prevent sinkage.

What Weight Can Block Paving Take?

While a 50mm block paving is recommended for light pedestrian traffic and therefore not recommended for modern driveways with large vehicles, a 60mm block paving on the other hand is capable of taking up to 10tons of vehicle weight.

It is important that a block paving is not subjected to weights above its carrying capacity to ensure durability. It is advised that you tell your installer exactly what use your driveway will be put to for best results.