Needing a new entrance to your home is always going to be a major decision. Forgetting the costs of what a new driveway will be, it is going to have a big impact on the overall outlook of your home. With choices ranging from block to tarmac, gravel driveways to concrete, we always recommend finding a contractor for block paving your driveway.
Regardless of what was there before, you need to ensure a solid base for your driveway. This means removing the existing surface and leaving enough space for at least 4 inches of base for the area.
This base needs to be the equivalent of Type 1 Hardcore which is semi permeable yet once you have compacted should become fairly solid.
This would be the ideal stage to put in your edge restraints if you require any. If you are looking to have a flush finish with whatever is there, you don’t. If, however you have lawn beside it, soil or something similar, you should always put in an edging.
This is where you would first lay down your membrane sheeting. This helps to prevent weed growth on the area. Once you have membrane sheeting down, you can put little spots of sand to keep it in place.
The laying of concrete block paving should always begin from the bottom of any slope, preferably starting from a right angle or a straight edge. Working from several packs at a time is essential when using a mixed size product such as cobble styled paving blocks.
Depending on the type of paving and the pattern you are installing, you will need to either lay it staggered or in a herringbone pattern. We recommend having a line pulled from the 90 degree angle of whatever point you choose.