Materials Used for Block Paving Driveways

Block paving is a very popular choice for driveways, thanks to its combination of aesthetic quality, durability and versatility.  There are a number of different materials and styles that are preferred for usage in block paving driveways, each one bringing its own benefits for both installer and consumer.

Standard Block Paving

This is the cheapest style of block paving, and its versatile design means it is available in a wide range of colours and patterns. The paving can be mixed and matched to create the perfect colour scheme for the driveway.

Cobbles & Setts

Available in three different block sizes, cobbles and setts can give a unique look to a driveway thanks to the texture and shape of each individual piece. The subtle shades that the cobbles & setts are available in mean that these types of driveways suit homes of any style and colour scheme. The driveways can be laid in greys or autumnal colours to give a style that matches the overall design of the property.

Driveway drainage

Having appropriate drainage for your block paving driveway is vital to the longevity and condition of the driveway itself. A lot of block paving, particularly cobbles and setts , has gaps between each block that can collect water quite easily. The driveway must be able to withstand heavy rainfall, and as such the drainage system covers the length of the drive, with a U-shaped channel collecting the rain fall below a grate.

Benefits of block paving

There are a number of different benefits to be gained from installing a block paving driveway:


The upkeep of such a driveway is very easy to maintain and repair – the blocks can be easily replaced if need be, too, so there is no need for a massive overhaul of the driveway if you require alterations.

Property value

The design of block paving driveways is often helpful in increasing the value of your home, as it is a style that is highly favoured. If the right colour is chosen, then it can have a great effect on the overall look and feel of the home.

Long lifespan

Block paving of all kinds benefits from a long lifespan. Its durability means that you don’t have to worry about calling out maintenance or repair companies too often. This quality is particularly desirable for driveways, as the heavy vehicles that pass over them may cause damage to weaker driveway materials. While block paving is not the only material that can be used for driveways, it is certainly a highly recommended one that carries a host of benefits, from the cost of installation and upkeep to the way it looks and functions.

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