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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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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Joint Block Paving With a Gun

Pulling out a gun to solve all your jointing worries doesn’t sound right, does it? Well, using a gun of that sort isn’t going to fix any driveway issues, unless of course you’ve been done by a Cowboy Contractor! Great Idea for Larger Paving Slabs No, the gun we’re talking …

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Should I Use Reclaimed Or New Stone For My Driveway?

If you’re intent on using natural stone for a driveway, either in flags or smaller blocks such as setts or cubes, you can choose between reclaimed or new stone. This is partly driven by economics and partly by ecological issues, and the choice you make will depend on your personal …

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Mortar Techniques for Block Paving

When laying a block paving driveway or path you need to decide what way to fill the joins between each block. Essentially there are three methods: Loose Fill, Slurry and jointing with mortar. This last method, where mortar is applied directly into the gaps between the blocks of the paving, …

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Jointing Block Driveways With Slurry

Block Driveways With Slurry is a relatively new process in the residential market. Jointing block manufacturers are now starting to introduce this type of jointing system as an option with their paving products. Block paved driveways and patios are usually loose jointed or mortared, but the use of slurry is …

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Using Stabilisers When Jointing Block Paving

We’ve already covered most of the ‘wet’ methods of jointing slabs and paving stones on Driveway Expert and touched on loose jointing too. There is a halfway house that blends the good looks of dry jointing, using grit or sand, with the solidity of wet jointing, and that is adding …

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Tools for Laying Block Paving

If you’re working with a friend or family member who does have some of the tools then all that is needed to complete your driveway would be stones and sand, hired plant machinery and labour costs. Laying block paving can be one of the best ways to create a driveway, …

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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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New Resins for Slurry Jointing Driveways

We often get asked about what the best resin grout is to use for slurry jointing a block paving driveway. Whilst we don’t sell any materials directly, it’s useful to know the pros and cons of different products so you can make an informed decision when choosing your own resins …

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