Types of Driveways

BLOCK PAVING

Without a doubt, the most common type of surfacing for your driveway is block paving. With long life, durability, colour options and the fact it can be repaired quite easily, makes it the number one choice for driveways. Your block paving is available in multiple sizes, textures and thickness in order to provide customers with the widest use possible.

Block paving is something that you can lay yourself, however, it can be quite daunting and unless you have the right machinery and have some previous experience, you are much better off choosing a paving contractor to help you install it.

Over time block paving in Bedworth changed in dimensions, block paving is commonly available now as a 50mm paving block but previously the most common was 60mm for paving. This was lowered after it became obvious that for a standard driveway, 50mm will withstand much of the traffic.

On driveway areas that are going to have HGV vehicles on it, the most common type of block paving is the 60mm style. It can easily withstand the traffic from an HGV and other vehicles without any worry about your block paving in Dublin becoming damaged by it.

Block Paving

On roadways, the average type of block paving is 80mm. This is not because 60mm can’t withstand the traffic, it’s the constant traffic and shifting that creates problems. The 80mm block pavior due to its extra weight will not shift like the others.

When you are choosing paving for your own driveway, you should try to first narrow down the purpose of it. If it’s a standard driveway, you can save a little money and go with a 50mm block. If you have lorries that will be delivering oil or goods to your home, go with a 60mm. The 80mm block is simply not needed for a driveway.

Block Paving Driveways

The next choice is to choose the style of block paving, you can opt for the Corrib paving style from Kilsaran, which is generally laid in 3 sizes. It is laid in staggered lines to offset the joints. This is important as it will allow better interlocking of your block paving.

The most common type of block paving is still the standard herringbone pattern in a style like Pedesta paving from Tobermore. It is cost effective (slightly cheaper than other variants) and when laid correctly, will interlock very strong to ensure a durable, solid driveway paving.

Block Pavers

The other option which is becoming more popular is the permeable paving range. This is for driveways or patios that are going to suffer from flooding. You can read more about driveway drainage here. Permeable is laid like standard paving but has a much more rippled side to allow a bigger joint. It is laid on a permeable base to ensure water can flow through fast and quickly and be drained away. It is the most expensive option when you include the base preparation required for it work correctly.

Permeable can be SUDS required so we recommend going to the Bedworth County Council website and reading more about it.

TARMAC DRIVEWAYS

Tarmac driveways are probably the oldest type of decorative driveways that exist today. Of course, you could argue the point over cobble stones and such but as a service, and as something that people had done with their driveway to improve it, it is probably the oldest.

Tarmac driveways should always be laid using a 2 layer system. The first layer (base layer) should be laid using a tough wearing course. This is the foundation for the tarmac and will provide stability. On top of the wearing course you will apply your finishing course.

The finishing course will depend on choosing SMA asphalt or standard tarmac finish. The difference between is the bonding material used and how find the stone aggregate is in it. SMA asphalt is the finest finish with a very fine aggregate used leaving no visibility at all. Just a pure jet black finish on your driveway.

You can put edging kerbs around your driveway built with concrete kerbing, granite, block kerbs or a brick on edge. A very common feature now is using granite or block paving to put a border around it. This gives a more decorative touch to the driveway especially if you built an apron at the start of the driveway.

The biggest factor with tarmac driveways in Bedworth is ensuring a two tiered layer, proper depth and the water fall levels set correctly. Stagnating water will cause long term damage to your driveway. If you manage these things, a tarmac driveway will easily last 10 years before you need to look at updating it again.

The beauty of updating a tarmac driveway, is providing the levels allow it, is to simply resurface your driveway with a new tarmac surface.

GRAVEL DRIVEWAYS

After the most common types of driveways that are available, some customers prefer a different type of surface for their driveway. It could be the price saving or the fact its more natural. Either way we think gravel driveways are a great way to create a welcoming entrance to your home.

What is a gravel driveway?

A gravel driveway is a coarse / rounded stone like shingle. It can vary in size and in colour and is suitable for any type of vehicle or foot traffic. However, if it is more orientated towards cars, we recommend a larger stone as turning on it can crush smaller gravel. Larger gravel is not as easy to negotiate on foot so there is a little trade off involved when you are deciding.

Gravel driveways are prepared the same way as any other driveway is prepared. It requires a solid base, preferably permeable as a gravel driveway when its installed correctly will be a permeable driveway. It will need heavy duty membrane sheeting to stop weeds growing through as well.

You can choose to lay your gravel driveway on stabilisers which helps to keep the gravel in place or you can lay it directly down on top of the membrane. It you opt for a directly, make sure to use an edging kerb or a paving block which is benched in concrete to contain your gravel otherwise it will spill out.

Why Choose Gravel?

Gravel has some benefits to it. Firstly, it is inexpensive when you compare it to block paving in Hinckley or tarmac for your driveway. Secondly, its very easily installed so on larger driveways, the job is done significantly faster than other styles of driveways and thirdly, its permeable. No issues with water flooding or water pooling on your driveway.

The most common form of gravel colour used in Ireland is the Gold colour. Available from multiple sources, its colour is a soft autumn gold colour which blends in nicely with really any style of a house. Of course, there is other colours available which are easily viewed at any stone quarry.

For other options with your driveways in Nuneaton, we recommend going to https://www.drivewaysinnuneaton.co.uk/driveways/driveways-extra-in-nuneaton/ to find out the other types of extras available that you can include on your driveway, patio or garden.