Pitch for Flexible Jointing

Before heavy traffic began to colonise our country, pitch was the most common form of jointing used for cobbled or block paved roadways. But it can’t cope with heavy traffic and as a result has nearly disappeared from our streets. Of course, the vast majority of domestic driveways only began …

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Edging for Concrete Drives

Most people pick a concrete drive because it’s relative quick to lay, and once it’s down you can forget about it. But it’s important to make sure that there is proper edging along the drive or it can deteriorate quite quickly. The stresses on a driveway are quite severe. As …

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Edging for Tarmac Drives

A tarmac drive isn’t the cheapest form of driveway but it must have a proper edging to protect that investment. Without it, the edges of the driveway will crumble away. Water will get in under the fabric of the top dressing and eat away at the foundation layers. Arrangements With …

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Loose Jointing for Block Driveways

Loose jointing has been used for many years for paved surfaces, and it’s certainly a method that can be used by people wanting to lay a driveway or patio. Once the Paving Slabs Have Been Laid, loose material such as gravel and sand is swept into the cracks between the …

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Gravel Drives: What Not to Do! Case Study

Gravel is quick to lay and very popular. While it’s not the cheapest form of driveway material, at least for longer drives, the cost advantage isn’t that great on an ordinary domestic driveway, at least initially. In fact the cost difference is minimal and easily outweighed by the ease of …

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Paving a Front Garden: Step by Step Guide

Paving over a front garden is a great way of getting the extra parking space that modern families need. Particularly in over-crowded suburban areas which were built before cars came within reach of ordinary people. You can still pave over your front garden, it’s just a bit more admin and …

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Rigid Construction for Block Paving

Block paving, the sort that’s made from smaller, traditional-sized blocks rather than the larger flagstone sized blocks, is usually laid in one of two ways, rigid or flexible. In the past, when roads and streets were made this way in many parts of the United Kingdom, the laying method would …

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