Paving blocks can be used to re-design your garden or driveway, or as a way of levelling out your garden with a brand new patio – but whatever you plan on using it for, you should look at block paving prices first.
Block paving first became popular in the 1980’s, but back then there were a very limited choice of styles
and colours. Simple designs and a few different colours were as exciting as it got! However, since the market for block paved driveways has grown and the manufacturing industry has advanced, so too have the options.
Are you sick of trying to look after your messy, cluttered garden? Would you rather install a tidy paved driveway where you’re not likely to trip over any loose stones or shrubbery? Well, block-paving can be a great way to rejuvenate your back-garden or front driveway – but why invest in block paving? And how much does block paving cost?
- 1 Benefits of Block Paving
- 2 Block Paving Cost
- 3 Block Paving Blocks Prices (Slabs)
- 4 Paving Materials
- 5 Types Of Blocks & Bricks
- 6 What Is Involved In A Block Paving Job
- 7 What is the duration?
- 8 Laying your patio
- 9 Block Paving Materials Cost
- 10 Planning permission for paving projects
Benefits of Block Paving
There are several reasons why block paving can be the perfect remedy for your dull or outdated home exterior, including the following:
- Brick or Block paving can be used as paths, patios and to build great looking driveways.
- Block paving is a better option than concrete, traditional asphalt, macadam surfacing and plain concrete.
- It can be used in areas of exceptional loads.
- New paving enables you to clear your garden of rubbish and clutter and provides a neat, easy-to-use space where you can entertain guests and relatives.
- Paving is also clean and relatively maintenance-free. Just an occasional sweep or hose down and you have it looking as good as new!
- Paving is also extremely versatile – it is great for a garden patio, but it can also be used for pathways, rockeries and driveways.
Block paving costs aren’t as expensive as you might think either – prices obviously vary according to the size of your garden or chosen area and the different kind of materials you want, but you can generally lay a patio for as little as £4000.
If you’re not fussy about the aesthetic look or overall design for your garden, you can also find clearance paving slabs from a range of paving contractors/companies who will put together a brand new patio for you out of leftover materials – and at half the price of usual paving prices!
Block Paving Cost
The average cost of a PIC (Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway) is on average £25 – £130 per square metre. A typical CBP driveway can cost between £45 – £70 per m2.
Undoubtedly, if you request job estimates from many paving companies/contractors, you will receive cheap paving quotes from several cowboy firms that are trying to cut corners to get the job and make quick profit. You should always be very careful before you choose the labourer that you will hire, as the cheapest quote is rarely the best one.
Block Paving Blocks Prices (Slabs)
To help you get an idea of the best paving slabs available, we put together the following cost guide which splits the paving price according to the type of block available, the area you need covered and whether or not you wanted labour charges included in the price.
|Square meters||Cost per square metre (+ VAT)|
Remember, these block paving prices are just some examples of cheap garden paving, and if you shop around and compare a number of different paving quotes from a variety of retailers and block paving contractors, you are guaranteed to find a deal better suited to your budget.
If you choose to redesign your garden for you, you might even manage to secure paving blocks at trade prices – saving you a lot of cash in the long run! Either way, check and re-check the paving slabs prices suggested to you by both potential employees and family and friends – only then can you be sure dodgy cowboy paving builders are not ripping you off.
- This is the cheapest type of paving material and the most common option for driveways.
- Comes in a range of colours, shapes and finishes.
- It is very durable and has low maintenance cost.
- Concrete blocks are easy to install.
- Blocks are often referred to as “CBP” – Concrete Block Paving
- Several manufacturers produce their own versions of concrete slabs (shapes, colours, textures).
- Most rectangular blocks come in the start size of 100mm x 200mm x 50-100mm.
- 50 block unites can pave one square metre.
- Several concrete blocks can be used from both sides.
- The colouring in concrete blogs is achieved by using concrete dyes or metallic oxides.
- Coloured concrete blocks fade over time.
- The higher the price of the concrete block, the better the dye that was used to colour it and the longer it will take to fade.
Clay Paving (Clay Pavers)
- Clay is a very common material that is also used to produce household goods.
- Clay slabs are fired in a kiln at the very high temperatures, unlike concrete slabs that are produced by mixing cement with sand and stone.
- Clay can be mixed with other materials, colors pigments and gravels to create a different texture.
- Clay blocks are very tough, hardwearing and also have natural anti-slip properties.
- Clay block paving does not disintegrate, so there is not need for any sealer to protect the slabs.
- Clay units are significantly more expensive to buy then concrete units. Expect the price to be as100% more expensive per square meter.
- Clay block units are difficult to find, as there is not always a big stock in local stores.
- Clay slabs are difficult to cut, so it will not be easy to replace individual clay paving.
- Clay blocks make an excellent option for driveways and patios.
Natural Stone Paving
- There is wide range of British and imported version of sandstone, limestone, marble, granite.
- Stone’s natural textures can be improved to suit any taste, whether you opt for tumbled flags to soften a huge expanse of paving.
- Natural stone paving offers great durability, so is perfect for the wear and tear that a garden.
- Unlike many of the man-made products on the market, it is less likely to fade with age and the weathering.
- Many people covet the weathered look and choose to use reclaimed stone in their garden, to give it an authentic feel without having to wait.
- The downside to choosing natural stone is the very expensive cost incurred.
Types Of Blocks & Bricks
- Bricks and blocks thickness can range from 40mm to 100mm.
- There are even 120mm but they are difficult to find and are mostly used for exceptional cases.
- The 50mm and 60mm are most suitable for domestic environment.
- The 40mm unites are difficult to find, they break easily during the compaction phase.
- The 80mm blocks are very versatile and mostly suitable for road construction or vehicle overrun.
- The 100mm thick units are meant for heavy-duty pavements (freight yards, ports and airports).
What Is Involved In A Block Paving Job
Outlined below is a simple 10-step process explaining the basics principles guiding block paving. You can use the information to determine how much work your project requires.
- Marking-out.With the use of string lines or spray markers, indicate the particular area you want to pave. A construction plan is recommended for bigger projects.
- The marked area has to be dug out, and you might want to think about hiring machinery like an excavator or a digger in the case of a large driveway. A breaking hammer machine is needed to break up existing concrete and skips to get rid of surplus soil. Give an allowance of 200-250mm below the recommended paving level.
- Sub-Base. Hardcore or scalping stone will be needed to scatter, level out and compress a sub-base. The thickness must be 100mm at the least. Make sure it occupies any empty space and matches the recommended paving profile. It is advisable to use a geomembrane on top.
- Edging Stones.To keep the blocks for your block paving from falling out of place, a restraining edge is required. You can either lay the edging stones yourself, or you use an existent one. By preference, they must be held within 75mm of concrete.
- Laying Course.Scatter and level course sand before you compress it with a vibration plate. Spread and level course sand, then compact using a vibration plate. Screen your blocks so they can have a solid base. The smoothness is of great importance, and the proposed level of paving must be matched. A thickness of 25-40mm is ideal.
- Laying the Blocks. As the bricks settle into the sand, be sure to press each of them close Small joints in-between the bricks will be created by spacing burs as they are led square.
- Alignment and Cutting in. Make sure that the blocks are well aligned with the use of a string line. Lay the bricks with overlapping joints and use a disk cutter to cut the final blocks such that they fit perfectly.
- Final touches.Existing gully covers and recess trays must fit as needed.
- Use a brush to scatter Kiln dried jointing sand across the whole block paving. Make sure the sand gets into all the joints. Without removing the excess sand, begin to vibrate the whole area for 10 minutes. The whole area must be covered evenly.
- Pour more jointing sand over all joints and vibrate the blocks again for 10minutes. Continue to do this until all the joints are totally filled with sand.
What is the duration?
We are going to assume that you would be employing the services of a team of professionals to handle a 55m2 driveway. Workers with adequate experience can complete block paving it in 4-5 days.
The first day will require the service of a group of laborers to finish the inceptive groundwork. Earmuffs might be needed because it would be very noisy when cement breaking machines and diggers are in use.
Only 1-2 skilled workers might be needed to make the surface ready and pave it in the days that follow. Vibrating-plate machines, which might cause a little disorder will be used to level and compress the surface.
Laying your patio
A well-laid patio sits on a sub-base which is traditionally made of a broken brick, stone or a concrete mix called hardcore which is compacted and levelled out. A layer of mortar or sand is then applied to cement in paving, leaving a small gap between the joins which is filled in with mortar or sand afterwards. “For patios and paths we use a laying system of hardcore base, concrete and then the slab,” Luke says.
It is a good idea to hire a qualified paver or patio installation company as they will ensure a proper fitting with a slope of 1:80 to aid drainage and will not breach the damp proofing course. Rob advises: “You should always hire a professional to install any kind of hard landscaping, if you choose to do it yourself and it goes wrong it will soon start to lift.”
Block Paving Materials Cost
Bellow you can see the cost of paving materials for 30 square meters (these are only price estimates and all the number haven rounded up)
|Square meters||Cost of material|
Blocks+ raised edgings
|Sharp (bedding) sand||£55|
|Kiln dried sand||£35|
|3 medium size skip hire||£55|
|Linear drains, pipework, cement||£220|
Planning permission for paving projects
If you live in a listed building you may need to apply for planning permission when planning paving of any kind. Otherwise, when installing a patio you won’t need permission as long as you’re not making significant embanking work. For driveways of more than five square meters in size, you must make sure that you either use a permeable material like gravel, concrete or natural stone which absorbs water, or slope the driveway to provide an effective runoff.
To satisfy building regulations when paving, don’t make access to the home more difficult, for example by adding steps where there were none previously. Always make sure that paving work does not breach your home’s damp proof course.
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