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When it comes to getting a new driveway installed, you have multiple surfacing options available for your driveway. It also depends on the condition of your existing driveway and what type of investment you are willing to make on a new driveway. Is it a long term investment or are you just looking to freshen it up for a brief period in case you are selling the property.
If you are looking to replace your old driveway with a long term investment, the first stage starts at putting in a new foundation. Regardless on how good the old base is on your driveway, you will want to put in a new Type 1 base. However, a good base will dictate the depth of which you will go when putting in that base. A weak base will require excavation to around 10 to 12 inches to ensure a solid base. Whilst an existing good base will require only around 3 to 4 inches of a new base.
If you are looking to simply freshen up your driveway and you have a concrete / tarmac driveway, you can opt to have it resurfaced with tarmac for a very affordable cost. Now, make sure if you are resurfacing your driveway that the driveway can be resurfaced without going above damp proof levels on your house. This must be avoided at all costs as it can have a detrimental affect on your home.
For long term investments on a driveway, we recommend opting for block paving, Tegula paving or at the very high end, opt for a natural cobblestone. These options are the most common today and with the right paving contractor will provide outstanding durability and long term investment value on your driveway.
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.
Lay the paving off the string line in a herringbone pattern and simply keep repeating it line by line until you have filled the area with block paving.
Bordering is normally done after this by going around the paving and adding it to the outside of the paving. We say normally, but sometimes if there will be vehicular traffic going to the edges of the border, we recommend setting them in before you screed the sand with concrete.
Lastly, cut the block paving with a diamond blade saw or a block splitter (you can hire both of these but if you are inexperienced, we recommend the block splitters for safety). Cut the gaps using a paving pencil or chalk stick to mark the paving exactly to fit the gap between the paving and the border.
Make sure if the block paving has not been in set in concrete and is not being retained by edging, to back up the borders with concrete to ensure it does not move.
Jointing of the block paving is preferably completed in dry periods. We apply kiln dried sand to the block paved area, then brush into the joints using a soft brush, ensuring the joints are filled fully.
You can compact the block paving with a vibrator plate. This is a machine which runs over paving and vibrates down, hard, in a small square area. This is more than strong enough for any type of block paving. For clay bricks, we recommend using a vibrator plate with a rubber mat to protect them.
Once you have compacted the block paving, you should top back up the paving joints with some more kiln dried sand and brush off the entire area. We hope this has helped clarify the different types of options available when you are looking for a driveway contractor and what type of service you can expect from a driveway contractor near you.
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