Driveway Paving and Block Paving Contractors
Affordable Driveway Paving Contractors. Our service area in Essex includes Chelmsford, Epping, Braintree, Rayleigh, Chipping Ongar, Billericay and all the surrounding areas.
You are getting the best when you choose Vantage Drives and Patios as your paving contractor for your driveway in Essex. We offer the best prices combined with over 30 years of experience and outstanding workmanship on every block paved driveway we install for our customers. Affordable, quality block paving contractors.
DRIVEWAY BLOCK PAVING
We can provide you with multiple paving choices including standard herringbone patterns to basket-weave, stretcher bonds, variety of paving patterns, paving circles and unique paving features. We can give you a tour of previous work to give you some ideas on how you would like your own driveway to look.
With a professional and qualified team ready to handle all types of driveway paving installations ranging from standard paving to permeable paving and cobblestones, you are getting the best when you get Vantage Drives and Patios. We always put our customers first ensuring that each and every client is 100% satisfied. Experts at installing all types of driveways.
NEW BLOCK PAVING, DRIVEWAY PAVING, BLOCK PAVING EXPERTS
Driveway paving as a driveway option is not only beautiful to look at but is also one of the most durable and practical solutions for any driveway. It will look good all year round, provides great traction for vehicles and feet and will age beautifully if installed correctly.
FREE QUOTATIONS – ALL WORK GUARANTEED
Getting your driveway installed by a proper paving contractor, makes a huge difference to your finished driveway. We will take care of everything for you including installing drainage if required and crossovers. We stand by all of our work proudly, giving a full guarantee and warranty on any driveway installed by us.
Block paving can be done in endless variations. Not only does paving come in many shapes, textures and styles, you can join block paving with nearly any other type of surface.
You can rest assured that whatever your driveway requirements are, Vantage Drives and Patios are the company for you in Essex! Over 30 years providing high quality driveway paving and patios.
OUR BLOCK PAVING INSTALLATION PROCESS
All our paving is laid on a firm, level and well drained base to ensure long term service and stability – getting the ground work right is essential.
Vegetation and top soil is removed to an approximate depth of 200mm-250mm across the area to be paved. We mark out this area with pegs or retaining boards and adjust their height to the required finished surface levels, ensuring that we allow a fall of 1:80 away from any buildings and walls for surface drainage.
We also make sure that the finished paving surface level is at least 150mm (two brick courses) below the level of any damp proof course. After excavation, we rake level to ensure an even depth and compact the whole area using a plate compactor.
Kerbs / Brick on Edge (if required)
The next stage is to set up edge restraints around the area to be paved (these may include existing walls) using block kerbs or concrete edging. The kerbs or concrete edgings are bedded into 100mm of concrete, to the required level, with a 45 degree haunch up the side of at least half the block or kerb height. This is essential to prevent the blocks and the sand on which they are laid from moving.
Underground drainage, Aco drains or similar drainage including inspection chambers are installed at this stage if required.
The area is then to be back filled with Type 1 MOT hardcore. (Type 3 Hardcore is used for permeable surfaces)
Sub Base Installation
Onto this, a layer of river washed sand (grit sand is more free draining than normal sand and is less prone to being washed out) is applied, to the depth of 50mm, and then compacted with a plate compactor. A second layer of grit sand is then applied, to a depth of 20mm. This second layer of sand is leveled to the correct falls.
Laying The Paving
The laying of concrete block paving should always begin from the bottom of any slope, preferably starting from a right angle or a straight edge. Working from several packs at a time is essential when using a mixed size product such as cobble styled paving blocks.
We place the blocks on top of the laying course, ensuring they are around 4-5mm above the desired finished level. Once all full blocks are laid, we use a mechanical block splitter or a Con-saw to cut the blocks required for the infill pieces or at the retaining edges. Once completed, we sweep the area and compact with two or three passes of the plate compactor.
Jointing of the block paving is preferably completed in dry periods. We apply kiln dried sand to the block paved area, then brush into the joints using a soft brush, ensuring the joints are filled fully.
Applying the kiln dried sand
We use the vibrating whacker plate on the paved area again, to push the sand into the joints. Once this has been done, we check for any gaps in the jointing and fill where necessary, compacting again afterwards if needed. The sand in the joints may need to be topped up for the first few months after the job is completed.
Call the experts at Vantage Drives and Patios for a free no obligation quotation. We look forward to hearing from you.