Block Paving the introduction and use

If you are going for an upgrade to your driveway and overall any entrance to your home, the brick and block paving’s are your best choice, and one of the most commonly used ones in Nottingham. They simply look amazing and will last you for years even in the toughest climates. Usually, people pick asphalt as the cheaper route, but the ones that like to have a bit of class when it comes to their driveway the block paving is the way to go.

blocks and bricksTypes of blocks and bricks

When it comes to basic types of block paving there are two:

– The molded concrete is also known as concrete block pavers- CBP

– The kiln-fired clay bricks

Concrete Blocks

When it comes to concrete blocks there are a ton of options to choose from. The size, color, texture, shapes are the reason why this choice is the most commonly picked amongst the people who want to make their driveway look new and amazing.  block paving Nottingham can help you to choose one of many variations available.

Clay Pavers

The clay pavers are a bit less variable when it comes to size choices, as they often offer two or three sizes depending on the manufacturer.  The colors of the clay bricks are natural and rarely are they made with dye, which in turn gives them the durability when it comes to fading. In fact, the clay pavers are going to probably outlast us and our children as some have had a longer lifespan than 150 years. Another thing to note when it comes to their color is that they have a limitless choice. You can choose from red, brown, buffed, grey, blue, yellow and so many more.

However, they have one big downside, and that is that they are very hard to cut outside of the factory. In most cases if you need to cut clay blocks you will need a diamond bladed bench saw to aid you.

The most popular patterns used in Block/Brick Paving are 90s herringbone, 45 herringbones, stretcher bond, and basket weave.

Maintenance of block paving

Once you put them down there is a medium level of maintenance that you must keep in order to prolong their longevity to their maximum. This means you need to sweep the dust, pressure washes the grime that gets attached to them, rub off the green algae, and last but not least remove the weeds that will eventually start growing in the space between the paved blocks.

Laying methods

The two methods that have been used for ages are the flexible and the rigid laying methods.

The flexible way is to lay the blocks on a cement-free bed where you fill the joints with the silica sand.

The Rigid construction is usually laid on the concrete bed with mortar joints.

Additionally, you can lay these bricks by hand or by machine, but most of the block paving in Britain and Ireland are laid by hand as many experts can do a better job for the homeowners by hand than by machine which is usually used for major company projects.