One of the benefits of choosing a block paving driveway these days is its versatility. With such a wide array of styles, sizes and colours at your disposal you can truly make your paving slabs incredibly unique, diverse and special to you. It can really enhance the overall impression you have on your property, and coupled with the looks, sustainability, ease of installation and low maintenance benefits of block paving, it really is no secret why it is such a popular choice for UK home and business owners.
To find out a bit more about the specifics of block paving driveways, check out our blog post here.
If you’re convinced that block paving is for you, but your current quandary is that you need some driveway paving ideas, then read on.
DPM are very experienced driveway pavers and our bespoke design service is definitely worth sparing a thought, but to give you a bit more insight and inspiration we’ve collated just a few examples of types of block paving which might make this process a bit easier.
Styles of Block Paving Driveways
Random course paving uses different sizes and styles of paving blocks, laid at random across the space. There is no set design as such; instead it’s a random assortment of block sizes and shapes usually containing a consistent colour palette. If you choose random course paving, it’s recommended you avoid any cross-joints in the pattern, as this can draw the eye to a specific point in the design rather than being truly random. Despite its namesake this style of driveway looks neat, and it’s one of the more common installation styles.
A stretcher bond driveway possesses more of a defined pattern. The difference between stretcher bond and random course paving is that this one is offset slightly, rather than retaining a consistent row of lines against each other. Once the first row of blocks are laid the next row would be offset by half a block length, and so on. This design can be done horizontally, vertically or diagonally, so you’re still getting a unique pattern depending on the size and shape of your driveway.
The Herringbone pattern is best described as the ‘parquet floor’ of driveways, where blocks are laid in an interlocking pattern to form a set of arrows in a ‘V’ shape. The most common designs are done at 45 ° or 90 ° angles. Herringbone patterns can also be lain in a certain ‘stretched’ style, if you want something a little bit different and not as close-knit.
This pattern is pretty self-explanatory; the blocks are laid in pairs to create a ‘woven basket’ pattern, which complements cottages, old builds or other character buildings. However, this type of pattern should only be used on patios and paths, because the blocks don’t actually interlock. This means it isn’t strong enough to take the weight of vehicles, and so should only really be used for areas of light foot traffic. However, it is still another visually appealing type of block paving.
There are some other unique block paving designs to choose from, such as Brick Bond, Cobble or Circular designs. The fact remains that you aren’t overly limited in the types of patterns you can create, but it is important to consider all options that would be readily available to you and that fits the scope of what you’re looking for. Professional and expert driveway pavers will be able to help you visualise your design as well as install it properly, so it’s best to consult if you are in any way unsure.
What to Consider When Choosing a Block Paving Driveway
Before you go diving into choosing your unique style of block paving driveway, it’s worth knowing that there are a number of things that should affect your decision. For example:
Pros and Cons of Block Paving Driveway: Like any type of driveway, block paving comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. Make sure you’re fully in the loop and make an informed decision based on your needs.
Lifespan: A block paving driveway is incredibly durable which means it will outlast almost any other kind of driveway you could choose. If you’re set on block paving, consider it a long-term investment.
Installation Time: Block paving is one of the simplest types of driveway to install, which means they are a great option if you need to be up and running quickly. Even with the prep work, a block paving driveway can be installed and ready to use in a week or two, weather depending.
Cost: At first impression, the idea of driveway paving costs might sound daunting, but interestingly block paving is one of the cheapest driveway options you can go for, which is why it’s quite popular. The overall cost will depend on your driveway size, design and drainage. We’d recommend getting a quote well enough in advance.
Are you looking to give your driveway an updated look?
At DPM, we can work with you to create a driveway that reflects your unique style, with a variety of designs and colour options to choose from. With our help, you can have the block paving driveway of your dreams that is within your budget, without the hassle of laying it yourself. For more information, or to discuss your design, just get in touch with the team today.