Frequently Asked Questions about Block Paving Driveways
Block paving driveways look fantastic and give you a bright and welcoming entrance to your home. This type of drive is popular due to its easy maintenance, but it is important to understand a few key facts before making a final decision on which driveway material to use.
Common Questions on Block Paving Driveways
Here we’re looking more closely at a range of common questions you should consider before investing in block paving for your drive. Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about block paving, and whether it’s the best choice for your driveway.
How Much Does Block Paving Cost?
Block paving is an investment for your property; the price will depend on several factors. Block paving materials, professional installation, and groundwork required will all play a role in the overall cost of your new driveway. The price will also differ from region to region.
The main factors influencing the cost of block paving driveways include:
• Materials: There are many options when choosing your blocks and paving, each brand and type has a different price point
• Base or groundwork: Block paving driveways require a sub-base, usually constructed from crushed stone and similar materials, compacted to create a stable base. Your paving contractor should factor in the cost of excavating and installing the base as part of your driveway cost
• Labour costs: The labour costs for laying your block paving will be priced at cost per m2
• Excavation and waste disposal: Additional activities like digging out your old driveway and disposing of waste materials will also be factored into your quote
What Sand Should I Use for a Block Paving Driveway?
The sand used to lay a block paved driveway can’t just be any old sand. Kiln dried sand is the most common material used for laying block paved driveways. The sand locks each block in place next to its neighbour and ensures a secure, stable structure for the whole drive.
Kiln dried sand is completely dry, with no moisture at all, and it has an extra fine texture, making it ideal for packing been block paving blocks to keep them perfectly in place. The extra dry nature of this type of sand ensures it doesn’t clump together when being laid. This helps minimise the risk of movement in your drive.
Is Block Paving Permeable?
Block paving is popular because of its permeability. It is a highly porous material and is an environmentally stable choice for your driveway. Unlike concrete, water will be absorbed into your paving blocks. This removes the risk of slipping on the surface, and the potential damage water can cause if drainage is ineffective and water is left to pool.
How Long Will Block Paving Last?
Block paving can last a lifetime, provided it is laid properly. Of course, there will be maintenance requirements over time, but with block paving, you can simply remove a damaged block or area rather than needing to replace the whole driveway. Block paving bricks can be easily lifted individually if cracked or damaged, but with regular maintenance, this should be a rare occurrence too. Investing in block paved driveway should be a one-time commitment and give you a stylish drive with a long lifespan.
If you’re unsure whether your driveway is just in need of a good spruce up, or it actually has reached the end of it’s life, check out our blog on 6 signs it’s time you had your driveway resurfaced.
How to Stop Weeds on Block Paving
Weeds are less common in block paving than in gravel driveways, but they can spring up between the paving blocks. White vinegar and rock salt are both effective natural weed killers and are also good for preventing weeds from growing in the first place. You can also use any commercial weed-killing product once you’ve spotted some growth, some of these products are also formulated to prevent future growth too.
Can Block Paving Be Laid on Concrete?
Laying block paving on concrete is possible but is highly dependent on the condition of the concrete. It is not recommended to have concrete laid simply to put paving blocks on top. You need to remember that any changes to the concrete below the block paving will impact the overall quality of the driveway and may not be as simple as relaying a damaged block. Cracks in concrete can be adversely impacted by the freeze-thaw cycle, and you may find you need to relay the whole driveway due to issues with the concrete underneath. Before considering a block paving driveway on top of concrete, ensure the surface is fully assessed by professionals who can properly judge its suitability.
Can Block Paving be Laid in Winter?
The weather or season should not impact your driveway installation, as long as conditions are dry. Block paving can be laid as long as the sub-base can be kept dry enough for a stable and fully set surface. Many people wait until the drier spring and summer months to avoid the project being delayed due to the weather.
Can Block Paving Driveways Be Painted?
Absolutely! Block paving looks fantastic on its own, or it can be painted to complement the rest of your property’s exterior. Sealants and stain-resistant coverings are also popular to retain the natural look of the blocks. Before applying any paint, it is important to ensure blocks are completely dry and free of dirt or grime. You can use any masonry paint and apply it with a roller, as you would with any exterior brickwork.
What Should I Do If My Driveway Is on a Slope?
A sloped driveway does not mean you have to avoid block paving. A sloped driveway can look fantastic with a block paving surface if it is installed correctly with solid groundwork and a deep enough sub-base.
How to Clean Block Paving Driveway
Can block paving be jet washed? Yes, but you need to make sure it’s done carefully and not at too high a pressure. Pressure washing your driveway with too much force will damage the sand holding it in place, resulting in loosened blocks or an uneven surface. If you want to jet wash your block paving, then be sure to do it carefully, at a 45-degree angle reducing the pressure on the sand. You will see some of the sand shift, but this should only be minimal. Once dry, ensure all dirt and grime is cleared from your paving.
How to Clean Block Paving Without a Pressure Washer
Not everyone has access to a pressure washer, but you can still keep your drive looking fantastic, bright and clean. A simple stiff brush or broom can be used to lift any loose grime or dirt. You can then apply your chosen cleaning solution and scrub your driveway to remove any stains or ground in dirt. Once you’re sure it’s clean, simply use fresh water to rinse off any residue and leave it to dry.
For more information on how to maintain your driveway, read our blog on everything there is to know about driveway manintenance and repairs.
How to Get a Quote for Block Paving Driveways
Block paving driveways require professional skill and experience to guarantee a proper level of service and to ensure the job is completed to a high-standard. Finding an experienced driveway company like Axtell Surfacing ensures you benefit from high-quality block paving driveway service. For guidance, advice or a quote, get in touch with Axtell Surfacing to receive a no-obligation, comprehensive quote to decide whether this could be the right driveway for you.
Contact Axtell Surfacing Block Paving Driveway Specialists Today
Axtell Surfacing have over 20 years experience specialising in driveway resurfacing and helping to create your perfect driveway. Contact our specialist team today to arrange a quote for your block paving drive.