Tips on paving your driveway

Construction and Maintenance

There’s nothing better than a nice paved driveway to guide your car safely into your garage. What’s more, a well paved driveway will get used for many things, such as an impromptu game of football, basketball or other leisure activity. However, there are many things to consider and many options to choose from when going about paving your driveway. A good builders in Bristol can help you bring your plans to completion, but this guide should get you started

Using paving slabs

Paving slabs are one option, less popular these days, but serve well as driveway material. They are hard surfaces that can smooth out a drive, easy to clean, and with good drainage, can last a long time. However, they aren’t resilient to the weight of the car over the long term. If you keep driving your car over paving slabs, over time they may become loose and uneven, and even break. On the other hand, they are relatively easy to install and adequate in the short term.

Using bricks

Small bricks, placed together in a nice stable brickwork pattern, are another effective way of paving your driveway. Builders in Bristol or anywhere else in the country should be able to easily supply you with all your brickwork needs and driveway in Bristol. You need to lay these out just like you would paving slabs. Edging the area with H-4 timber and adding a 25mm thick layer of sand underneath is an important first step. The bricks then go on top and can be incorporated into a pleasant design if you wish.

The benefit of using bricks is that they are marginally more hardwearing than slabs. They can generally take the weight of the car better, and won’t easily become uneven. However, the difference is just a matter of time. Eventually, bricks too get loose, especially if you drive a heavy car or truck. In those situations, there’s only one real solution.

Using asphalt

This is the best and most economical solution for driveways. The paving lasts a long time as there are no individual bricks or slabs to get damaged. Indeed, this is the material used on roads and motorways across the world so you can be assured that it will last for years and years – no matter how big your car

When using asphalt, you need to do the groundwork just like you would any other type of pavement making sure the surface is smooth and even. However, after you lay down the sand, add 6-8 inches of thick compacted granular stones. Finally you add the layer of hot mix asphalt which needs to be compacted to a minimum of 2 inches. For a more long-lasting surface, after you add the first 2-inch layer of asphalt, you can add another 1.5-inch surface layer.