By Tempeste Blanchet. driveway. Published at Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 - 08:16:04 AM.
The material is literally mixed up and with a trowel spread onto a tarmac surface and left to set. Why not just has a pea shingle driveway? Well many driveway experts have found that after a short period of time the shingle starts to be carried down the road in the tracks of car tyres that have rolled onto the drive, the shingle ends up being carried down the road and periodically the pea shingle has to be replaced.
Using a tight string line to get the screeding rails to the correct finished height prior to screeding the sand, check for level or falling towards any drains, a 1:60 fall is required, that’s 1” in height to 60” in length minimum fall to ensure any surface water drains into your drainage system or soak-a-way.
Make sure the line is tight as you don’t want any sag in your line, this will give a false reading with your levels which could result in your finished driveway holding water.If your driveway is falling towards the house, then simply reverse the fall and levels from the pavement towards an existing rain water gully. If this isn’t possible, you will have to install drainage channels along the front of the property. Water should then be directed into a soak-a-way within your garden area.
These have only been around since the early eighties but seem to have lasted the test of time. There are many different types colours and styles to choose from, you could even make your own pattern if you so desire. The advantages of having a block paved driveway are marginal; much of it comes down to personal taste. But durability is a major attraction as block paving can last a very long time.
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