On this page we identify reasons that block paving can be a better option compared 4 other driveway surfaces: gravel, resin, tarmac & concrete/slabs.
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Generally seen as more visually appealing and modern looking
Lots of design & colour options for better personalisation
Remedial work is much easier, individual blocks can be lifted if chipped or stained etc so there is no ‘patch job effect’
Design changes can more easily be made to block paving if necessary
Generally seen to increase the value of the property more than other surfaces
Interlocking designs allow for dispersion of weight both sideways and downwards meaning heavier vehicles can be parked/driven on it
Unaffected by frost, salts, oils and most chemicals, and can be laid in almost all conditions
Longer lifespan than most surfaces
More of a proven surface over time compared to newer surfaces such as resin
Advantages of Block Paving Over Gravel
Block paving generally seen as much more visually appealing driveway surface which will also add more value and create a more modern image for the house
More design options & colours to choose from for better customisation
Block paving is a much more even surface meaning is it easier to drive & walk on
Gravel can create quite a mess, whereas block paving is much tidier
Nature of block paving means it is better for disabled access
Advantages of Block Paving Over Resin
The ability to lift block paving means easier remedial work, whereas resin remedial work could seem more like more a patch job
Block paving is more of a proven surface over time
In a block paved installation all existing materials are removed & renewed as opposed to resin which is overlaid over the existing surface which could be less than adequate, the sub-base plays a big part in the quality of the installation.
Block paving is not weather dependent on installation and can be laid in temperatures going as low as 0 degrees. Resin surfaces cannot be installed in temperatures of 5 degrees or less.
Advantages of Block Paving Over Tarmac
Block paving is easier to repair and doesn’t crack over time as it is not one large surface area, any cracked blocks can be lifted and replaced easily rather than leaving signs of a ‘patch job’ which would be the case if tarmac needed repairing.
Block paving provides the customer more design options & colours for a more customised installation which caters more to specific tastes.
Block paving provides a better platform for surface water runoff due to gaps between blocks, tarmac being one big surface means surface run off can be unpredictable.
Block paving generally seen as a more modern & appealing driveway surface
Advantages of Block Paving Over Concrete/Slabs
Concrete can crack easily over time, but due to the nature of block paving it can be repaired fairly easily by lifting and replacing blocks if necessary
Block paving has more design & colour options than concrete and slabs, giving the customer more customisation when it comes to how the front/rear of the property looks
Concrete/slabs can appeal quite dull whereas block paving is generally accepted as a more visually appealing and modern surface
Due to its nature block paving is not weather dependent on installation