From wanton weed growth to that distinctly ‘sinking’ feeling, maintaining block pavers can easily feel like a frustrating, full time job. We evaluate the main alternatives to block paving, and reveal why resin is racing ahead in the popularity stakes, as SUDs compliance becomes mandatory.
Why Choose It?
For price-conscious property owners, block paving can certainly be kinder on the wallet than other driveway materials, offering a selection of styles that can be tailored to your personal preferences. Let’s explore these benefits in greater detail:
-Diverse Range Of Designs
Block paving comes in a comprehensive range of colour and design choices, enabling you to achieve a truly bespoke driveway, tailored to your individual desires.
Unlike other options, block paving is relatively inexpensive, making it a fantastically feasible proposition for those with larger driveways, where a greater surface area needs to be covered.
-Easy To Replace If Damaged
For many driveways, diesel spillages are inevitable, resulting in unsightly patches that can be costly and challenging to fix. Fortunately, block paving can be easily replaced, with the removal of individual blocks a helpfully hassle-free experience.
Why Lose It?
Wear and tear on your driveway is inevitable, and in cases where block paving is employed, can cause multiple maintenance issues as a result, such as:
-Prone To Sinking
Block paving can leave you with that sinking feeling-quite literally! Persistent rainfall can easily lead to subsidence, especially in cases where a strong and solid sub-base was not employed, prior to installation.
-Welcomes Weed Growth
Moss and weed growth can occur between the blocks, as airborne particles settle into the sandy sub-base. This can look and unsightly, and requires regular maintenance to keep it in check.
Unless permeable block paving is used, which allows surface water to run through, drainage systems need to be installed at an additional cost.
Cobblestone Paving Affected By Moss and Weed Growth
Alternatives To Block Paving You May Not Have Considered
Block paving may have its fair share of benefits, but its still important to take time to consider the alternatives. Here are the key contenders:
Cobblestones may create a quintessentially charming driveway, but when practicality calls, they unfortunately fail to deliver. Not too dissimilar to block paving, cobblestone driveways are best suited to historic homes, yet their uneven sizing can certainly cause a great deal of wear and tear on tyre treads.
Although aesthetically pleasing, gravel also generates plenty of grumbles and gripes. Easily displaced, it requires ongoing maintenance-a decidedly displeasing prospect for homeowners with hectic schedules.
Offering the ultimate in driveway sophistication, a resin bound system provides a multi-purpose solution to age-old driveway difficulties. Unlike block paving, resin boasts additional, anti-slip properties-ideal for those with impaired mobility, where an even surface is sacrosanct.
Example of Gravel Driveway
Example of Resin Driveway
Resin Provides One Of The Best Alternatives To Block Paving
There’s not much left to rely on these days, but resin’s ability to deter age-old driveway difficulties is pretty much guaranteed. Utilising the latest in driveway technology, resin is fully SUDs compliant, with a plethora of additional plus points including:
-Perfectly Permeable Surface
Desperate for a driveway that enables water to drain away naturally? Resin is fully SUDs compliant, meaning that you don’t require prior planning permission to install it. Phew!
-Built To Last
The quality of resin driveways is undeniable and they will last for many years to come. This is due to the fact that the materials used in this driveway option have a degree of flexibility, enabling your driveway to adapt to climatic changes without cracking
If pesky weeds prove problematic, you can rest assured that resin provides the ultimate remedy. Its marvellous cellular makeup prevents these invasive intruders from growing, leaving your brand new driveway completely weed-free!
Focus On Fencing: What Are The Options?
Ready to take your driveway project one step further? Fencing provides additional privacy, as well as the opportunity to separate sections of your garden to turn it into a multi-purpose place to relax in. The preferred options are:
-Close Board Fencing
A popular choice among homeowners, close board fencing offers unrivalled levels of privacy-perfect for homes in exposed areas, where far less surrounding foliage can invite surreptitious glances from nosy neighbours.
For those with ample space to work with, picket fencing enables homeowners to mark out boundaries and sections in their garden-ideal if you’re looking to create a multi-purpose space, whilst still allowing light to pass through.
-Trellis And Decorative Fencing
Seeking out a fencing option that makes a stylistic statement? Decorative fencing offers a truly bespoke solution, with crisscrossed slats offering distinct aesthetic appeal.
Desperate for a distinctive driveway that will turn your neighbours green with envy? Resin sets the standard, turning a decidedly downbeat driveway into a fantastic first impression leaving other alternatives to block paving behind in terms of performance, durability and compliance. Contact us today on: 0800 1700 636 to book your free site survey. Alternatively, you can fill our Our Online Form to request a call back.