Block paving laid on a driveway makes a great option for the entrance to any home with a wide range of choices available on colour, laying patterns, bordering styles and even textures of the block paved finish. Paving is a manufactured concrete product that has shown itself suitable for all types of vehicular traffic.
The most common type of block paving laid on driveways is the 50mm range, with a 60mm range used for driveways that would have constant traffic from HGV parking on them. 80mm is available but are only required on roadways or extensive car parks, which will see 20tonne vehicles or similar.
Block Paving Colours
The most common colour used for block paving is the brindle range of colours generally bordered using charcoal or grey brick. The next most common colour used is the autumn mix, followed by a grey or charcoal main colour. Most paving manufacturers supply the same range of colours with only a slight variation on the shade or colour mix.
However, be careful with mixing different paving styles since each manufacturer places the spacers in different positions, making them incompatible with each other most of the time. Whichever supplier you use, try to make sure you keep using the same supplier. More examples of paving are here.
The most common laying pattern for a driveway is the herringbone pattern laid either at a 45-degree angle to the house or a 90-degree angle. You would lay the block paving using multiple sizes in a random bonded pattern with a tegula variant or cobble style. Normal block paving should be laid in herringbone on a driveway as it will enhance the interlocking of the paving to create a very durable finish.
It would be best if you always bordered your driveway in a contrasting colour, making the main colour stand out or tone it down depending on the type you have chosen. You can have a single stretcher (4 inches), two offset stretcher bonds, a single header (9 inches) or a T shape, and outside stretcher bond, and a 9-inch header against the main paving. Of course, there are more variants to choose from, but these are the most popular options chosen by customers.
Most block paving variants are all smoothly finished, even the permeable paving styles. However, the tegula variant is available as a smooth or tumbled option, which helps create a rustic style feel to the overall driveway. For a truly authentic feel, we recommend cobblestone granite for the driveway, which is more expensive, but it is far superior to any paving brick.
Get A Paving Professional
We always recommend getting professional help for your driveway installation. Click here for a recommended installer for laying driveway paving, or ask around with your friends to find a local recommended installer.