By Gaetana Cordier. block. Published at Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 - 10:51:38 AM.
Driveway paving is quite popular in the UK. It provides a heard-wearing surface for front gardens so you can park your cars, and also improves the outside appearance of a home. People will see the driveway first as they approach, so the better your driveway the bigger the impression! (You could also enhance this further with security gates and brick walls, but that’s for another article.
This is to make sure that your block paving looks aesthetically pleasing. You also want to make sure that whatever you lay will stand up to the elements and time. Most of all you want it to be a safe surface. Luckily we have a handy guide to help you lay the most beautiful and functional block paving possible.
After you wait for the 72 hour period you need to start fully laying the path. You take your blocks and put them over the sub base in the pattern that you want. After you have set every stone exactly how you want it you use the light plate compactor or your piece of wood to push the stones into the sub base and concrete. Make sure that there are no spaces or gaps in between each stone or you will have serious problems with contracting and expanding joints in the long term. The only place you are going to leave a space is if the stones are jointed. In that case leave just enough room for them to set.
You will also need a light plate compactor. Most people do not own this piece of equipment but you can easily rent or purchase one online or at your local hardware supply store like Lowe’s or Home Depot. You also have the option of using a simple claw hammer and various sizes of wood to lay block paving in a small area but it is not recommended simply for the fact that it will lead to much more unstable blocks.
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