Driveways allow you to drive up to your home or garage, and it is always better if they have a hard surface that can resist the wear and tear caused by moving vehicles. You can have a simple driveway of tarmac, which is the easiest to lay down, or opt for block paving in Kent that can add a lot of elegance to your property.
Block paving can be very attractive as it can be laid in any number of patterns and colors that suit the architecture of your home in Kent. You can also add curb and edging that will help to create the required drainage and improve the finished look of the paving driveway. You can put down block paving that is made of stone to give the driveway a natural look or opt for precast concrete that can be available in many colors, shapes, and thicknesses.
Block pavers for a driveway are easier to maintain as you can replace any particular block that has been damaged. You can use pavers that match the pattern or style of flooring that you have on your patio. These blocks can also be repeated for garden pathways and other places on your property that require access. In Kent, you will find that block pavers are more expensive than tarmac, and the laying of pavers can also be quite labor-intensive.
Block paving creates a hard standing surface and will have individual tiles or blocks that can always be changed or replaced whenever necessary. The laying of blocks requires a proper preparation of the subgrade that will take these pavers. You need to excavate down to a level to which a base layer and the pavers will be added. This excavated area must be consolidated with a roller or platform vibrator in order to give the pavers a proper foundation.
The base for the pavers can be of concrete or even using sand of a sufficient thickness. Allow the concrete to set before you start laying the pavers. Make sure that you have a sufficient number of paver blocks before you start the work, especially if you are laying a particular pattern or design. If you are laying out a design or pattern you will have to be careful of your starting point, so that the design appears symmetrical after it is laid. It can always help if a proper slope is also maintained on the pavers so that water never accumulates. You also need to make sure that you have provision to drain any water that falls on the pavers, otherwise, the water may accumulate at some spot and damage the foundation layer of your pavers.
Pavers are better retained if they have an edging or continuous concrete barrier at the sides. Pavers can be laid with joints that are of sand, though you can use cement mortar if you so desire. Sand joints allow blocks to be changed easily without damaging the entire surface. Make sure that you regularly clean your block paver surfaces with water at least once a week.