Choosing and Fitting Edging for Block Paving

Edging is important for a long-lived drive. If this isn’t done right it can lead to cracking, distortion and broken blocks at the extremities of the driveway. A course or two of edge blocks doesn’t just give the drive a professional finish, it also has to contain the sideways pressure …

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When, Where and How to Fit Decking

Decking had been popular in many other countries, notably Australia, New Zealand and America, before it became the must-have patio replacement in the UK. Those other countries have more predictable weather so decking makes more sense. Its growth in the UK, over the last decade or two, can be attributed …

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Replacing Blocks in Paving

Replacing individual blocks in paving is possible, although the success of the repair does depend on some extent to the problem that you are trying to solve. If a block has cracked because the substrate below is not even, for example, then replacing the block without levelling the substrate will …

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Using Concrete Block Paving

Concrete block paving stones, particularly the smaller, brick-sized pavers, have become amazingly popular in the last 20 years. This is largely because specialist firms have focused on delivering just block driveways and paths and nothing else. The concrete blocks have taken, by some estimates, over 80% of the UK home …

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Driveway Materials Overview: What’s Available?

There are many different choices for driveway materials, including all kinds of shapes, sizes, textures and colours. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular selections to try to help you decide which material is the right one to lay outside your home. Loose Materials The first category …

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How to Lay Paving

Whether you’re laying concrete blocks (or flags) or clay bricks (or pavers), the process is largely the same. Any key differences with foundations and the like for the different materials will be covered below. We’ll use the phrase ‘block’ throughout this article to refer to all the different materials that …

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Surfaces for Children’s Play Areas

Although trips and falls are an everyday part of the growth and development of children, this doesn’t necessarily mean you should go out of your way to make a garden unfriendly to them. On the other hand, does the compensation culture in the UK mean that we have to cover …

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How To Spot the Cowboy Driveway Companies

In a previous article, we went through the process that should ensure you find a contractor who is reputable and can offer guarantees that are worth the paper they are written on (see Using Professionals For Work On Your Driveway. In this article, we focus more on the ways that …

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Patching Concrete Drives

Patching concrete drives is not for the faint-hearted. It’s best to start in the knowledge that the patch is never going to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the drive, and that it will always look like a patch. With this in mind, you need to be sure it’s …

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Weeds, Moss and Algae on Paving

Algae, moss and eventually weeds can take over a newly laid drive unless you keep an eye on the situation. Regular applications of weedkiller and path clearing products will keep them under control, but many people don’t like using these chemical products because of the damage they can do to …

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