What’s the difference between block paving and concrete imprint driveways?

When it comes to having a new driveway installed, there’s a number of options out there. Both block paving and concrete imprint are popular choices due to the number of benefits they come with. To some people, a driveway is just a driveway, but it’s one of the most important areas as it’s what sets up the front of your home.

We take a closer look at both block paving and concrete imprint driveways to help you choose…

Block Paving

What is block paving?

Block paving, also known as brick paving, is a decorative way of creating a driveway with paving blocks. The blocks are usually made from concrete or clay and can be used to achieve a number of different patterns.

How is block paving installed?

First the area will be excavated and prepared for laying the block paving, the site will need to be inspected, this will depend on the land and if there’s an existing driveway that will need to be removed first. Soft land foundations may also require a base to ensure a stable foundation.

The site will then need to be edged out to show where the block paving will be laid. The land in this area will then be compacted and a layer of sharp sand will be laid on top, this will then be raked and checked with string lines and screeding rails to make sure that it is level.

The driveway will then be laid in the desired pattern and so that the colours flow in a way that looks appropriate for the pattern. Different blocks will be used to ensure that there’s no noticeable different shadings of colour patches.

Once the blocks have been laid, kiln dried sand will be brushed into the joints and compacted using a plate, this will help to strengthen the interlocking and also make sure that the blocks are level. This process will then be carried out a second time and will ensure that no joints are left unfilled.

Why choose block paving?

There’s lots of great reasons to choose block paving including…

  • Adding value to your property
  • Enhancing the look of a property or area
  • Variety of colours
  • Variety of shapes
  • Can be designed in a range of patterns
  • Interlocking provides enhanced strength
  • No costly repairs, individual bricks can be replaced
  • Offers a more fade resistance surface than alternatives
  • Allows for easy drainage without the need for a separate drainage

Concrete Imprint

What is concrete imprint?

Concrete imprint is a type of driveway, it involves a flat concrete surface, where a chosen pattern will be printed onto it. Concrete imprint driveways can look similar to block paving, depending on the style you have chosen to print.

How is concrete imprint laid?

Patterned imprinted concrete is an innovative method of laying fresh mixed concrete, colouring and then imprinting it to give it a unique look. This type of concrete can be used for most types of surfaces including driveways, patios, paths and courtyards. The patterns available come in a number of popular options including cobbles, slate, brick, boardwalk and stone.

The area will need to be excavated and prepared for the laying of the concrete surface, the site will need to be inspected and if there’s already a driveway this will need to be removed first. Drainage systems will also be installed as well as shuttering which supports the outside perimeter shape and the required finish levels.

The concrete will then be poured and levelled on the surface, it will be screeded and then coloured with the powder colour surface hardener which will be laid over the imprinting mats.

Why choose concrete imprint?

There are a numbers of reasons to choose imprinted concrete driveways, including…

  • Easy to maintain
  • Weeds can’t grow through the surface
  • Great visual appearance
  • Can add value to your home
  • Cost effective compared to other options
  • Can tolerate high pressure and usage
  • Number of colours to choose from
  • Great overall durability
  • Various patterned concrete to choose from
  • Efficient installation

So whatever you decide to choose, block paving or concrete imprint, there’s a number of benefits to both, should you go with either, you’re bound to be impressed with your new driveway! For more information, call our team today.

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