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Different Kinds Of Paving Blocks For Drives And Gardens

You only have to take a walk down any suburban street to realise that block paving is now a massively popular choice when it comes to resurfacing of driveways. However, block paving is certainly not just restricted to being used on driveways and pathways. Increasingly block paving is being used in gardens in place of flag paving to wonderful effect. Put very simply, block paving can be used anywhere nowadays. As well as being ideal for driveways, it can be used to great effect as paths, or patios, or even used in conjunction with other paving types to create some unique landscaping features.

brett pavingFor normal domestic use, 50mm or 60mm blocks are usually deemed to be the most suitable, whilst thicker 80mm blocks are used where there will be regular vehicle overrun or somewhat heavier vehicles. The thickest 100mm blocks are for very heavy-duty driveways such as those in haulage yards and freight depots. There are actually two types of block used for block paving. There is the moulded concrete block (also known as CBP - Concrete Block Paving) and the kiln-fired clay brick.

Concrete blocks come in a massive variety of shapes, sizes, colours, and textures. These include special shapes, old-fashioned looking or antiqued blocks, and wide range of blocks with different textures. Clay bricks feature much less variety in terms of shape as they are generally available as typical, rectangular bricks, although there is now a good choice of size variations, from 60mm upto 300mm squares. The colour of clay bricks is natural, not a chemical dye. This means that clay bricks are not subject to fading due to sunlight as concrete block paving might. If colour retention is an important factor, clay bricks are possibly the best option that you should go for.

Whichever type of paving blocks you choose to go for it is worth checking that the blocks or bricks that you choose meet the requirements of BS 6717 for concrete blocks, or BS 6677 for clay paving bricks to ensure that they will perform as expected.

For much more information on the various different types of paving available it's worth checking out the website of one or two of the major paving manufacturers such as this one - www.brettpaving.co.uk and www.marshalls.co.uk as well as some others.

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