You only have to take a walk down any suburban street to realise that block paving is now a massively popular choice when it comes to resurfacing of driveways. However, block paving is certainly not just restricted to being used on driveways and pathways. Increasingly block paving is being used in gardens as patio paving
to wonderful effect.
For normal domestic use, 50mm or 60mm bricks are usually deemed to be the most suitable, whilst thicker 80mm blocks are used where there will be regular vehicle overrun or slightly heavier vehicles. The thickest 100mm blocks are for very heavy-duty driveways such as those in haulage yards and freight depots. There are actually two types of block used for block paving. There is the moulded concrete block (also known as CBP - Concrete Block Paving) and the kiln-fired clay brick.
Concrete blocks are produced in a massive variety of shapes, sizes, colours, and textures. These variations include special shapes, old-fashioned looking or antiqued blocks, and wide range of different textured blocks. Clay paving bricks feature much less variety in terms of shape as they are generally available as typical, rectangular bricks, although there is now quite a variety of size variations, from 60mm upto 300mm squares.
Of course, there are other options too, for example, where drainage is an issue or the surface is might be subject to a lot of rainfall there is the very environmentally sound option of permeable paving
to consider. Regardless of the type of paving you choose to go for it is worth checking that the one you choose meets the requirements of BS 6717 for concrete blocks, or BS 6677 for clay paving bricks to ensure that they will perform as expected and leave your block paving driveways
and pathways looking perfect for years to come.
Further information on paving blocks can be found on any of a number of paving manufacturers websites, including www.brettpaving.co.uk