Block paving is an extremely strong and durable surface to use for any driveway or pedestrian area. Its strength lies in its flexibility. An area of block paving is made up of many individual blocks (commonly fifty blocks per square metre), which are laid in a pattern, which locks them together. A joint is left between each block, which allows the whole surface to expand and contract during temperature changes. This reduces the structural stress, which the surface undergoes. Similarly, should any repair work be required or the paving need to be re-instated (after excavating to replace water pipes for example) this can be done without an obvious “patch” effect being noticeable as it would be on tarmac or concrete surfaces.
Another advantage is the speed at which a block paving installation can be carried out. It is a relatively quick process, which means it is less expensive overall than, say, a patterned concrete surface. It is also possible to pave a steeply sloping area or in a curving shape using blocks where concrete, tarmac or slabs simply wouldn’t work.
When you consider the huge variety of block paving styles on the market, the versatility and strength of the product and the value for money then block paving is the ideal surface for driveways, patios or pathways. It can even be used to construct steps.