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I'm in the process of getting some quotes together for having the driveway done, and am receiving conflicting advice about what would be best! Its to cover an area of 68m2, and will have 2 cars usin… Read More
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
I'm in the process of getting some quotes together for having the driveway done, and am receiving conflicting advice about what would be best!
Its to cover an area of 68m2, and will have 2 cars using it, one of which is a very heavy landrover discovery, with winch bumper, off road tyres etc.
A friend said imprinted concrete would be best as block paving is likely to sink with the weight, but someone else mentioned how concrete is prone to cracking, and that at least with the block paving, you can dig the bricks up and re lay them!
So.... who's right and is there a massive difference in price?
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Forgot to mention, whatever we choose has got to be reasonably smooth as there is a wheelchair user at the house too.
#2
we have block paving, (3 cars+) even though they laid MOT over hardcore (at the wife's insistance!) there is a small area that has sunk - blocks will take any weight, it is what they are laid on.. after a couple of years it looks mucky... all the drives with concrete locally are fine except one with damage to the corner... suggest you look at others in your area as this tells the story!
#3
Either/or - with block paving if you've got a good sub-base, well compacted then it should be able to take significant weight, you'll need to know what the underlying ground is like tho. With concrete it is likely to crack but it can be reinforced with a steel mesh most likely. It should also be laid in panels, i.e. not one continuous pour. this should minimise any cracking likley to occur. Or, if you did have a large pour, you could use crack inducers at set intervals, or saw cut-post pour - this means that although it will crack, you control where the cracks occur and can manage them.
#4
Next time i'd like imprinted concrete,i'm not sure how long it lasts,but block paving is difficult to keep looking nice,if you know what i mean,with the moss etc that gets inbetween the blocks.
#5
deb8z
Next time i'd like imprinted concrete,i'm not sure how long it lasts,but block paving is difficult to keep looking nice,if you know what i mean,with the moss etc that gets inbetween the blocks.


Get a pressure washer, should sort that out...
#6
civms47
deb8z
Next time i'd like imprinted concrete,i'm not sure how long it lasts,but block paving is difficult to keep looking nice,if you know what i mean,with the moss etc that gets inbetween the blocks.

Get a pressure washer, should sort that out...

I do it on my hands and knees with a scraper,but i've just bought that gadget on QVC today that's a bit like a wire brush with a handle on it,it will be a lot quicker.

But i do think imprinted concrete would look better over time,
#7
theres also another option to have a driveway, some people just chuck loads of shingle/pebbles, but i think thats crap - it feels like walking on a beech, what you can do is buy a honeycombe rubber padding that the shingle sits in, its really strong, and cheap (can do it yourself)
#9
Not sure shingle however stable is great for wheelchair users.

I would go for block paving every time. It takes more maintenance, but any dips etc can be fixed at a later date for a reasonable cost and it will look as good as new.

We were in a position to leave our front half finished for many months. We laid the base layer and spread it, then used the drive with just this for a few months (Ford Galaxy). This allowed for all the movement to occur before we laid the final block work. we then added more base and knocked down before laying the block work. Some 5 years on we have little to no movement.

Remember block paving lets rain through so your subsoil does not dry out as with concrete. In a clay area where we are this is important to avoid risk of subsidence.
banned#10
deb8z
I do it on my hands and knees

Too much info!

Imprinted contrete can be very slippery when wet
#11
guv
deb8z
I do it on my hands and knees

Too much info!

Imprinted contrete can be very slippery when wet


I was being serious though,i'm getting too old to be doing stuff like that,i can't wait for my new QVC gadget,it will save my back :3

I still think the imprinted concrete would have less upkeep.
#12
hardcore then put reinforced metal mesh in the concrete when laying it it wont sink then
#13
deb8z
civms47
deb8z
Next time i'd like imprinted concrete,i'm not sure how long it lasts,but block paving is difficult to keep looking nice,if you know what i mean,with the moss etc that gets inbetween the blocks.


Get a pressure washer, should sort that out...


I do it on my hands and knees with a scraper,but i've just bought that gadget on QVC today that's a bit like a wire brush with a handle on it,it will be a lot quicker.

But i do think imprinted concrete would look better over time,


On the end of your jetwasher get one of these, amazing results and fairly quick too, brings all the blocks back to brand new looking with very little mess.

http://images.productserve.com/preview/1228/30927804.jpg
#14
I keep looking at pressure washers,i haven't taken the plunge yet.

Do they use a lot of water,i have a water meter and i'm a skinflint lol
#15
Thanks for all the tips! Looking at other drives in the area is a good idea, except its a council estate, and without trying to stereotype, a lot of the 'drives' are just muddy ruts with scrappers on lol

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