Summit Landscapes – Block Paving
Block paving makes a huge first impression when approaching your home. Summit Landscapes can design a hard surface that will complement and enhance the entrance to your home. Whether it is a modern house, a thatched cottage or a Georgian townhouse, Summit Landscapes can provide the ideal solution.
We use a huge range of natural and pre-cast materials for your block paving. Summit Landscapes will be happy to recommend the most appropriate product for the job depending on the application or aesthetic. Paved surfaces are also enhanced with kerbs and edgings and there are now over 1,200 products on the market to can choose from to give you a completely bespoke look.
Cambridge block paving drives – by their very nature – need to be tougher and built to a higher specification than a path or patio. With vehicles repeatedly wearing the same route and large forces involved – especially when larger heavier vehicles occupy the drive – a driveway needs to be strong and durable. We begin with an excellent foundation to safeguard your block paved driveway for many years. Please see the specification section below detailing how a Summit Landscapes driveway is made.
Permeable Block Paving
Used in areas of high flooding, permeable paving reduces surface runoff as water percolates through the blocks and down into the base layers. However, in some instances, this may be the only option to comply with planning permission.
To install Cambridge block paving, we first excavate to a depth of 225-235mm. This allows for the following layers that make up your drive using 50mm-60mm blocks. Thicker block pavers are used for commercial settings.
1) A geotextile membrane stops the substrate mixing with the second layer MOT Type 1.
2) Mot Type 1 makes up the foundations of the drive, compacted in two layers of 75mm and making a 150mm deep base.
3) 25mm layer of sharp sand.
4) 50-60mm paving blocks.
5) The drive must finally be sealed with three coats of drive seal, which locks kiln-dried sand into the joints of the Cambridge block paving. As a result, this stops weeds, movement, algae and protection against oil and other dirt.
Edging Stone Preparation
The edging stones are concreted into place with 200mm of concrete to the sides and beneath. A driveway will not subside when strong foundations and properly installed block paving with edging stones have been installed.
Please have a look at some of our recent block paved surfaces here.