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    Advise needed - Block paving or tarmac drive.

    Hello - any advise appreciated.
    I have a long driveway that i need to redo. The options are tarmac or block paving. Which would you go for and why?

    The driveway is about 150 metres squared - so a big area to cover - the drive does slope gradually.
    Anyone know the price of the concrete that looks like stone?

    At the moment it is tarmac but need to add a new turning area and the old tarmac has loads of cracks etc. So thought it would be better to re do all the drive.
    More advice needed.

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    we have concrete-the coloured kind looks like stone. I prefer it as no weeds etc..just needs recoating annually or less. It did however become quite slippy when it snowed (after being recoated this time)
    I would still choose it tho rather than my neighbours green tinged blocks.
    Edited by: "plumberman01" 28th Dec 2010

    avoid both , go for a nice sandstone flag , or real stone blocks , ir you are goind for tarmac they do a new resin coating pebble on top in most colours looks really good but its not cheap about £70 m2
    Edited by: "yozzman1234" 28th Dec 2010

    if its on any slope definately not block paving as it lethal in ice.

    Original Poster

    The driveway is about 150 metres squared - so a big area to cover - the drive does slope gradually.
    Anyone know the price of the concrete that looks like stone?

    At the moment it is tarmac but need to add a new turning area and the old tarmac has loads of cracks etc. So thought it would be better to re do all the drive.
    More advice needed.

    brandlew

    The driveway is about 150 metres squared - so a big area to cover - the … The driveway is about 150 metres squared - so a big area to cover - the drive does slope gradually.Anyone know the price of the concrete that looks like stone?At the moment it is tarmac but need to add a new turning area and the old tarmac has loads of cracks etc. So thought it would be better to re do all the drive.More advice needed.


    do not get the printed concrete it looks good at first the looks bad years later even if recoated , i think it works out £45 m2 , and if you dont like it 5 years down the road it will cost you a fortune to rip it up ,

    yozzman1234

    do not get the printed concrete it looks good at first the looks bad … do not get the printed concrete it looks good at first the looks bad years later even if recoated , i think it works out £45 m2 , and if you dont like it 5 years down the road it will cost you a fortune to rip it up ,




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    ok lets make it simple , the drive is 150 m2 , so you would use around 30 metres of concrete to do the job thats about 5 concrete wagons , if you ever wanted to kango it up 5 or 10 years down the line, would be hard work and exspensive, its one of the slippiest sureses to choose,you need to recoat it every year and 150 m2 to recoat every year is alot , so i would advise people with big drives not to go for it. oh yes my brother lays the crap as well !!!!!!!!!! and not many people are going for it no more

    dont use block as everyone i know who has any graduation on the drive at all ends up with hollows appearing and it looks awfull


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    Don't know if you already have or not but might be worth looking at this to make sure you're alright on the planning permission front!! From what I understand it applies to both new driveways and replacement ones

    Couple of people in our area have gone for tarmac, you can get various coloured finishes now I believe although how long they remain colour-fast is another question.

    The main issues would be the turning circle showing wear quicker, may be worth doing a definitive separating line between the drive area and turning circle, making a feature of it so you could just renew in sections as the surface becomes more worn?

    I think tarmac is starting to come back into fashion, just make sure you get it done properly and I think it would look quite good.

    Use indian stone with a good base. Far better and cheaper.

    The drive should cost around £6750 (contracters price) using 60mm block paving
    with 6"x2"x36" pincurbs, your drive is sloping so you have no water drainage problems,
    I would advise hiring a mini digger to take the old drive up and digging to a required
    depth around 10" , concrete pin curbs down each side of drive (or what you want for edging
    remember these are to stop your drive moving outwards).
    Use a good dolomite base and use a good size wacker to compact,
    leaving a 100mm or 4" depth for 50mm or 2" of sharp sand which also needs to wacked
    then lay 2 half inch round steel bars about 6ft on the drive making shure they are level
    across and a slight slope with the drive, blocks should be layed herringbone style which is
    a stronger bond for traffic, the job should be wacked over the whole drive when blocks habeen layed the brush in kiln dried sand and wack again. job done
    Edited by: "g4tyf" 7th Jan 2011

    Tarmac is what you get when you can't afford block paving - that's just my observation/opinion.

    i think nice cotswold stone gravel looks nice in white or cream x

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    I'd go for block paved edging with tarmac infill, be cheapest way and durable. Block paving the whole lot will end up looking like a lawn in a couple of years with all the weeds growing in the cracks

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all your advise - still unsure though

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