Why Block Paving Driveways, Paths and Patios Are BestIf you want to upgrade the aesthetic appearance of your home, but you’re not quite sure what materials you would like to use then you should certainly consider block paving. Block paving can come in many different colours, so you can create your own designs with ease. Many people are against block paving because they feel as though it doesn’t give them much options when it comes to creativity and that it can be a little hard to maintain. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and in reality, it is one of the best solutions if you want a hard-wearing driveway, path or patio without the excessive maintenance. Block paving won’t wear down over time and it isn’t prone to cracks like tarmac. You will also find that it doesn’t get really hot during summer, so it is ideal if you park your car on the driveway as opposed to in the garage. A block paving driveway is also actually very easy to install when you hire a reputable professional so there are plenty of benefits available. You can have complete flexibility over your own design and almost anything is possible, whether you want a circular design with lots of colour or a criss-cross design that utilise the same colour and one, there are endless options to choose from.PathwaysBlock paving is ideal for pathways. You won’t be able to create circular designs or swirls, but you will be able to add whatever colours you want. Block paving is very low maintenance, but now and again you might find that weeds or moss grows in-between your bricks. This can be sorted out in a matter of seconds, and the blocks themselves won’t fade or reduce in colour over time. With paving stone pathways, you increase the chances of weeds and you also run the risk of them cracking if too much pressure is applied. Block paving is very hard wearing and the smaller stones provide an excellent support structure. Because block paving sections are so small, you can create curved pathway designs without any difficulty so you can have them going through your garden, at the front of your home or you could even have them to connect your driveway to your home.DrivewaysBlock paving is a great choice for your driveway. The stones themselves have plenty of grip and this is ideal for when it comes to winter. You won’t need to worry about the floor getting slippery as much and you won’t need to worry about the weight of your vehicle cracking the stones. Some people think about having paving stones in their driveway but this isn’t a practical choice. The stones can crack with ease if the right pressure is applied and in some instances they might even lift up so they will need replacing if this ever happens. Block paving however doesn’t present you with this problem and you will also find that it can support large vehicles as well. You could have a block pathway leading from your driveway to your home or you could have it connected to your patio with ease. Many people go for block paving because it comes in a huge range of different colours.PatiosIf you want to install block paving on your patio then you should certainly take a look at the benefits that it has to offer. Many people think that wood decking is the better option when it comes to outside flooring but it certainly has a lot of problems. Wood can rot over time, and it can be prone to mites and other insect infestations. If you stain your wood then it will need re-staining again in a couple of months because of general wear and tear. Wood is also quite soft and the treads can split or splinter over time and this is something that you want to avoid if you want to make the most out of your investment. With block paving, you won’t experience any of this and the only thing you need to worry about is a little bit of moss growing in-between your stones. If you did ever get moss growing however, all you need to do is spray some weed killer and the problem will be gone in no time at all. You can’t really do this with other paving solutions so block paving is a great option for those who want a low maintenance solution for their outdoor flooring.Other BenefitsBlock paving is relatively inexpensive if you go for the basic rectangular shape. If you wanted to get curves, shapes and different colours then you may have to pay extra for this but the end result is well worth it. Block paving can also be used to create steps and other elevated areas, so if you have a BBQ area in your garden that you want to raise up, you can do this without any difficulties at all. In some instances you may require draining as well, but this won’t cost you any more than other standard outdoor flooring would so it is easy to get an accurate price for what you need. Many people worry about parking their car on block paving because they get worried that the petrol will stain the colour on the stone. This is something that you don’t need to worry about because the individual blocks can be replaced for a very low cost. Another benefit of block paving is that they are manufacturer and not cut from natural stone. Not only does this make them cheaper to purchase in general, but it also makes them uniformed in size. This is great if you want an even finish without having some stones larger than others and they fit together incredibly well.SizesBlock paving normally come in the shape of a rectangle, but this doesn’t mean that you have less options to choose from. The blocks can be smaller, longer, wider and thinner in size, so you can create an endless range of designs for your patio, pathway or driveway. For example, you may want larger stones for your driveway and you may want to have smaller stones for your pathway. In some instances you may even be able to choose how deep the grooves go in-between your stones. Some designs may want the grooves to be filled up to the very top to create a smooth finish, whereas others may suit the cobbled look with the pointing placed lower down into the stone to create a raised appearance. Whatever you choose, there are many benefits to having block paving as your patio, driveway or pathway and it is one of the cheapest forms of outdoor flooring o install. If you did want to go for a more intricate design, this may cost you more money but it would still not be as expensive when compared to other stone based materials. You can replace broken stones individually and it is also ideal for commercial purposes so you can install them on your business driveways or even on the pathways leading up to your front doors. Either way, they remain to be one of the best materials when it comes to outdoor flooring.
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