4 ESSENTIAL STEPS OF LAYING A BLOCK PAVED DRIVE
Step One – Excuvation
This is the most important part of the Block Paving Process and will ultimately determine how long your block paved drive will last. If not done to the proper dig out depths your block paved driveway will very quickly sink in places and this will ruin the looks and usability of your drive. It will cost a lot to correct problems caused by bad workmanship.
1. All drives need to be excavated to a depth of 200mm. The waste material from your original drive is then removed from site and taken to a waste disposal amenity tip. The area of your new Block Paved Drive will then be covered with crushed concrete and then compacted.
NB: At this time all gas, electric, water and drainage will probably be exposed. As all these services can be damaged you must ensure that whoever is constructing your Block Paved Drive has Public Liability insurance.
Step Two – The Base
The important part now is the use of a Plate Compactor and the use of type one scalpings to form the base for your Block Paved Driveway.
1. Type one scalpings are spread on top of crushed concrete at 25mm depth each time and are then compacted each time assuring your finished block paved drive will not sink.
Step Three – The Screed
The screed is used to level the drive so the finish allows the Block Paving to be laid.
- Spead sharp sand and compact with plate compactor and using a straight edge screed off to a 20mm depth, the block paving can now be laid.
NB: Any edge not restrained by a wall, kerb, fence etc will need to be concreted in at this
point. Also any manhole covers will need to be installed.
Step Four – Laying the Block Paving
Choose the colour and laying pattern.
- 60mm block paving is now laid, all cuts to the block paving are done with a disc cutter to produce a better finish.
NB: Kiln dried sand is brushed in to fill all joints and then the block paved drive is compacted one more time before your drive is finished.