Use our driveway paving cost calculator to estimate the price for your new driveway, patio or block paving project. However, the final price is dependent of many factors such as the style of paving blocks, the size of the area and the type of finish selected. Our guide will help you get an estimation of the budget required.
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How to lay a patio – Useful Advice
For most houses with garden, laying patios of any size is a great option to increase space for sitting or relaxation areas. Concrete, brick or natural stone are the most common materials for patios that are flat on the ground. If the patio door is higher than the ground, elevated patios will be a common option.
For laying patios above ground wood is another possible choice for the material. Next to the material there is a range of other options you should consider for planning, such as the size, the shape and the design of the patio.
Planning a patio
First of all, you have to decide whether you want to go with an elevated patio or a patio laid on the ground. If you have stairs built, laying patios on the ground is also possible if the patio door of the house is higher than the ground. Elevated patios will usually be a little bit more work-intensive and limited in their designs, as they usually come in rather regular shapes. On the ground, laying patios of different and irregular shapes will be possible. Concrete patios are the most durable choice, while brick patios or stone patios look more natural and can be fitted with the surrounding garden and house design.
Laying a patio
Laying patios might in some cases be suitable for DIY, while for most parts of the work it can be advisable to hire a gardener or a paving expert. First of all, you need to carefully plan your patio. In case there are any water pipes, walls or other things in the way you might have to figure out how to lay the patio around them.
After that, the ground has to be prepared. For laying patios/driveways the ground needs to be dug out to a depth of about 10-15 centimetres depending on the type of patio you are planning. Plants have to be removed and the underground usually needs to be evened out, ideally with a wacker plate. Sometimes additional sub ground modifications are necessary before finally the patio/driveway can be laid. Concrete will usually be spread out, planed and then dried, while bricks or stone tiles are being fixed to the ground with mortar.
Driveway/Patio Materials ?
Not all driveway materials are as efficient. Some are cheaper, such as tarmac, and can be eroded by petrol spills. Other materials are affected by weed growth but a strong foundation to the drive should ensure it is in perfect working order for many years. Most driveways need only a minimal amount of maintenance which is usually a simple de-weeding and a splash from a pressure hose every year or two. Here are the main options:
- Loose materials, such as gravel, are a popular choice for a driveway. Gravel and pebbles are fairly cheap and can be bought in earthy colours that will complement the rest of your property. As these materials are loose, they will need occasional topping up with an extra bag of material. This is an extra cost, though the overall price still makes them cheaper than most other drive laying options. Loose materials will need even more topping up if the driveway is positioned on a sloped surface.
- Tarmac and other solid materials such as concrete are some of the cheapest options for a driveway, though often not the longest lasting. The binding that holds tarmac together can be destroyed by petrol and oils, which is understandably inconvenient. Tarmac can be a good choice though if other houses in the neighbourhood also have tarmac driveways, otherwise it may look out of place.
- Concrete blocks and clay blocks are another popular choice for driveways. Clay bricks hold a rustic and earthy colour for many, many years and will often improve over time, complimenting your home. Clay bricks for your driveway are either laid in a herringbone or standard pattern, both of which look good. Concrete and clay blocks are neither cheap nor expensive and do attract moss and algae so will need some upkeep.
- Flagstones are the cream of driveways. They are the most expensive option but they look fantastic. Flagstones will suit almost any home, are durable and long lasting and won’t suffer if they come into contact with oil.