Block Paving for car standing or paths will enhance any home in the Derby and Burton on Trent area.
Hard landscaping - paving, block paving, paths and patios ...
- The hard landscaping of a garden needs to complement the planting
- If it does not, the whole garden can look fragmented
- The front and side of many homes needs to be paved for car standing
- Block paving is a durable and good looking alternative to tarmac or concrete
- Professionals will prepare and lay your paving to a high standard of workmanship
- Leaving you with a neat and attractive garden or car standing
For block paving that will remain level and solid for years, it is probably best to use a professional company. However, if you are unable to afford that, it is possible to do the job yourself. Here we offer you an outline guide as to how block paving should be laid properly. Please do not take this as a set of definitive instructions, more as a starting point. There are plenty of places on the Internet and plenty of DIY books that you can use to make sure that you know exactly what you are doing. We suggest that you start with a small trial area to develop your skills, perhaps putting in a block paving garden path first before moving on to do something as big as your drive, car standing or patio. Remember also that a drive or car standing will take heavier traffic than a path and so it is absolutely essential that a thorough job is done. Bolck paving is an example of a permeable paving system.
Block Paving Regulations and Planning Permission
When installing block paving, you will need to observe any building regulations and you may need hard surfacing planning permission, contact Derby City Council (or whatever your local council may be) planning department for advice. Under certain circumstances, you may need block paving planning permission and need to construct a soak away or rain garden (e.g. if the driveway slopes in towards the house) so that your block paving driveway in Derby will comply with the regulations introduced in 2008. It was realised that paving over front gardens was having a negative impact on groundwater levels and urban drainage systems so the government planners got their heads together and worked out how this could be reversed. Clearly it was not possible to reverse the trend of converting front gardens to hard standing, however, if the water that would have soaked into the garden was directed into the water table at the property that would ameliorate both issues.
Block Paving Professionals
In the Derby area, there are plenty of small to medium size businesses that offer block paving, just consult the yellow pages.
Why so cheap? We are happy to support local businesses but would appreciate a little cash in return for the time spent adding your details to the site, updating them if necessary and to cover the time that we spend promoting the site in the search engines.
DIY Block Paving
Even if you don't intend to DIY block paving, this information might help you to decide if a company is reputable or not.
It is best to work out the area based on the size of your paving blocks and to dig a little wider than is required as that makes handling the paving blocks (pavers) easier. Dig out to a depth of about 200 - 250mm deeper than the expected level, allowing a fall of at least 25mm over a distance of 1.5 metres away from the house. The top of the block paving should be at least 150mm below the level of the damp proof course of the house so that means a 'hole' of at least 350mm adjacent to the house. You can check levels using wooden pegs, string and a spirit level. If the surface is quite soft, you will need to dig deeper as you will need a thicker base layer plus a geotextile (not a damp proof membrane, plastic or weed suppressing film, a proper geotextile) which will prevent the base layer material from sinking into the foundation layer.