Laying a block paving driveway

Job description:

Laying block paving is not a difficult job in itself, but it requires knowledge of the specific technique and an appropriate method. Block paving gives a special charm to the area it is layed and is strong enough to withstand different weather and load without deteriorating.

Skill level: 3 – Advanced

Materials required:

  • Meter
  • Rubber mallet
  • Ruler
  • Shovel
  • Spirit level
  • Spade
  • Rake
  • Sand
  • Broom

Step by step guide to laying a block paving driveway:

1. Measure the area of your driveway.

2. Mark the area with eco friendly paint before digging.

3. With a shovel remove around 8cm of top soil, enough to fit your blocks, subbase and sand.

4. Make sure you leave an inch slope for drainage purposes.

5. With a plate vibrator, compact the soil and add subbase material where the surface is soft.

6. On top of the soil, lay about 10cm of subbase material.

7. Add some edge restraints and secure them neatly with cement.

8. Start laying your blocks, choosing a pattern – do not walk on the sand!

9. Make sure you run the plate vibrator a few times over the blocks in order to compact the surface.

10. Finally using a broom, spread joint-filling sand over the block to fill any gaps. Make sure you sweep the sand properly as the grits could damage the blocks. 12. Wait about 6 months and apply a  polyurethane block paving sealer.

If you are unsure about the job, you might want to contact a local driveway specialist.

The information provided in this guide is to be used strictly for guidance only. We recommend you always read the manufacturer's instructions.