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PAVING, DRIVEWAYS and PATIOS
Whether you’re looking to lay a new drive or spruce up your garden for the summer, here is some advice from Clearance Paving.
Understanding that some laying patterns are suitable for different installations is half the battle, as pattern suitability will vary depending on the situation. For example, driveways will need more load bearing strength than a patio.
Herringbone is one of the most popular patterns for driveways and roads that need to withstand heavy vehicular traffic. Rectangular blocks in either 90° or 45° patterns or shaped blocks that conform to a regular format are recommended. This allows the interlocking patterned surface to ‘flex’ to accommodate the weight of vehicles, making it even able to withstand the heavy loading of buses, shipping containers and even aeroplanes.
Stretcher bond may be used where vehicles are unlikely to make regular turns or to break or accelerate frequently but patterns such as basket weave or parquet bond should not be used for drives, and are more suited to paths and patios.
As a guide for residential drives and forecourts a block thickness of 40-60mm is advised. A block-paved driveway should be framed by edging blocks in either contrasting or identical colours.
These edge restraints not only provide a defined boundary but also are vital to keep the surface intact and the blocks fully interlocked.
For a neat finish with visual contrast consider laying a single or double header course of block paving next to the edge restraint.
For rectangular block paving the most common patterns are stretcher bond, basket weave or parquet, 90° herringbone and 45° herringbone. There are also a number of multi-sized block paving ranges available now, which are typically laid in a random stretcher pattern for a classic appearance. Other laying patterns are possible including mosaics, overlapping fans and swirls as well as curved or circular features using radial shaped blocks.
In The Garden
The trend in garden design is to view the outdoor space holistically in terms of the environment for living. Thus customers are more aware of the area as a functional space for different activities such as cooking, eating, entertaining and relaxing.
When it comes garden walling, edging patios and paths, a good tip is to remember that the edging should never be higher than the turf. This allows a lawnmower to pass easily over it, allowing the edge of the lawn to be easily trimmed without damaging the mower for those that do not have a strimmer. For flowerbeds, ensure that the edging is higher than the beds to retain the earth
The best tip you will ever get is to be well prepared. Taking time to plan the layout of the scheme, preferably to scale on graph paper, is vital. Not only will this help you to visualise the area, it should also help in terms of being able to trouble shoot problems from the outset.
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