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In recent times, it seems that almost every house in residential areas across the country have had a driveway or patio fitted from block paving.
It isn’t difficult to understand why block paving is such a popular choice, but the Loftera team are on hand to explain the reasoning anyway.
First and foremost, as with most jobs of this size, the most important factor are the finances. Want to know how much your potential block paving will cost? Stick with us.
To determine the possible block paving cost for your property, we will focus on driveways, which are without question the most common area for this type of work.
A small driveway will cost around £3,000 to be paved, while that price can increase to as high as £7,000 for larger driveways or for more complex designs.
That is quite a jump, and as with all home improvements of this size, there really isn’t a one-size-fits all for your any block paving cost.
Allow us to go into further detail and increase your understanding of exactly what is required.
Block Paving Cost: A Breakdown
As we have already mentioned, the block paving cost for driveways in the UK can range from anywhere between £3,000 and £7,000. There are exceptions, of course. Particularly large or complex driveways could cost closer to £10,000 – it’s all relevant.
There is also the possibility that your block paving cost falls below £3,000. That’s great! We all love a bargain, after all. If your job is particularly straight forward or the area in question is particularly small, then it is absolutely possible that the project will cost less than £3,000.
However, we are afraid to say that there are plenty of cowboy builders out there. If the job seems too cheap, our advice would be to shop around and retrieve some alternative quotes. If one job is considerably cheaper than the other quotes, we would advise you to seriously consider taking your business elsewhere.
If we are sticking to the aforementioned valuation of between £3,000 and £7,000, we will work to an average block paving cost of £5,000 for our price breakdown.
It goes without saying that the above chart breakdown can alter a little from job to job, but those percentages are a good indicator to keep in mind.
With materials amounting to a considerable 25% of the overall job cost, let’s take a look at some of your options.
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Concrete blocks are extremely popular given that they are the cheapest type of paving to install. Additionally, concrete blocks can be fitted in a range of colours and shapes, and are particularly easy to install (for a professional!).
Concrete blocks also come in standard sizes of 100mm x 200mm or 50mm x 100mm, which is part of the reason why they are so easy to install.
You can expect to pay in excess of £20 per m2 for your concrete block paving.
Brick paving has become an increasingly popular driveway material choice in recent times, with more and more households opting for this contemporary look.
For many, the finish is a bit classier than the concrete alternative, but this is reflected in the price. At £32 per m2 as a beginning cost, is this the option for you?
Natural stone is generally the most expensive option on the market, but the premium price is justified when taking into account how durable and unlikely to fade this material is.
Sandstone, granite and marble are just three of the options available for stone paving, giving you plenty of choice.
Costing between £60 and £90 per m2, you’ll want to take this into consideration when budgeting for such a project.
Produced in a kiln at extremely high temperatures, clay paving is known for being extremely tough and durable.
Clay is notoriously known to be a non-slippery surface, which is ideal for those with safety at the forefront of their thinking.
The cost for clay paving starts at around £70 per m2.
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Block Paving Cost: Labourers
A labourer will tend to charge between £150 and £200 per day, although generally, they will often work with a team and this needs to be factored into the final block paving cost.
On bigger jobs, it isn’t unusual for a labourer to invoice a price for the entirety of the project. Of course, you want the final cost to be within your budget, but this is often seen as an ideal way of knowing where you stand financially from the very beginning.
We would always suggest asking if this is a possibility.
Skip Cost and Waste Removal
Before work can begin on your new paving stone fitting, most jobs require the old materials to be removed.
If you already have an old and damaged driveway or patio, a skip will need to be hired in order to remove the inevitable waste.
Skip hire tends to cost £200 for a week, which should allow time for the labourers to finish the job once they have lifted the old materials.
Larger areas may require a second skip, which of course will add to the price. Some skip hire firms may apply a discount for hiring out multiple skips.
What Does the Job Entail?
There are six key steps that are carried out on all block paving jobs. For those of you who would like to know exactly what the job will entail, the below points will reveal all.
Marking the Area
Naturally, the exact area that the block paving is to cover will need to be marked out. This can be done using spray markers or string with flags, which is usually at the builder’s discretion. Larger projects will benefit from having a construction plan marked out before work starts.
Most newly fitted driveways will require the existing materials to be lifted from the ground before replacement work can begin. The hiring out of machinery such as an excavator or digger will add to the overall block paving cost. The leftover materials will need to be disposed of in a skip, while digging should allow for at least 200mm below the paving level.
Spreading and levelling will then need to be completed, with a compact sub-base required. Any voids need to be filled with a minimum of 100mm thickness to be used.
It goes without saying that the blocks will need to remain in place once fitted. To ensure this, a restraining edge will be required such as an existing curb.
The blocks themselves will need to be pressed closely together as they bed into the sand that has been laid underneath. Using a string line, the alignment of the blocks will need to be taken care of, with final cuttings made with a disk cutter.
After any final touches have been made, the jointing will finish the job off. Sand is brushed over the block paving and filtered down into every joint. The excess sand is kept in place and then vibrating takes place across the entire area.
Advantages of Block Paving
Other than the stunning look of a brand-new block paving driveway or patio, there are several advantages in committing to such a project.
Increase Property Value
With the variety of colours, styles and materials to choose from, there is no denying that a new driveway or patio is a tailored addition to any home.
Adding a new contemporary driveway to your property can increase the value of your home by anything between 2% and 10%. That is quite an incredible increase given how relatively inexpensive such a job is.
Where in that percentage your property lies will depend on the drive size, quality of materials and the location of the home.
Array of Styles
As touched on above, the array of styles, colours and sizes of block paving make this an extremely versatile home improvement.
You really can own the design yourself, making this your job from start to finish.
When you consider how much value this project can add to your home, and how relatively inexpensive it is do complete it, a new block paving driveway or patio really is worth it. Compare that to a house extension cost, loft conversion prices or a cost of a conservatory.
No matter your material choice, they are all fitted to last. Once completed, the only reason you should need to update your driveway or patio is for a redesign – not due to damage.
Your new block pavers are designed to absorb rainfall, which is particularly handy in this country. The rainwater is absorbed and then released gradually through the ground, as opposed to gathering on the surface. This is a thumbs up with safety in mind.
Easy to Replace
Depending on the material in question, individual blocks can be lifted and replaced with relative ease – which is good to know in case of any damage.
How Long Will the Job Take?
We are sure you understand that the length of time it takes to complete a block paving project varies from job to job. There are a number of factors that can come into consideration, many of which have been discussed above.
However, you can expect a job of this nature to last between four and five days. This is assuming that the team that have been hired are adequately experienced.
Will I Need Planning Permission?
You will not need planning permission when laying a new driveway or patio, assuming that the area in question is less than five square metres in size.
If your driveway is more than that size, you must ensure that the material used is listed in the materials section of this blog. It is a safety hazard if the driveway or patio doesn’t absorb the water and any rainfall gathers to make the surface slippery.
Is Block Paving Cheaper Than Slabs?
Block paving is a little bit more expensive than slabs, but there really isn’t much in it. For the increase in quality, we would certainly recommend opting for block paving.
Is Block Paving Good for Patios?
Absolutely. In case we haven’t made it clear already, we’re huge fans of block paving for patios. It may not be the first material that pops into your head when thinking of a new patio, but the overall finish can offer an extremely attractive option.
Given how versatile block paving can be, the power is in your hands when designing your new patio. Colours, shape and even patterns are all areas that can be selected by you with block paving. It is highly durable, so you won’t be scared to put heavy furniture on there. As far as we’re concerned, it’s the ideal solution.
Tarmac or Block Paving: Which Costs More?
Tarmac is actually a fair bit cheaper than block paving. If you’re working on a budget, we wouldn’t put you off the idea of opting for a tarmac driveway. However, the overall finish and aesthetics simply aren’t as impressive.
We wouldn’t recommend tarmac for a patio. You want this area of your property to be welcoming and relaxing and tarmac doesn’t tick either of those boxes.
There is an awful lot to consider from the above. Sure, there are cheaper options out there than block paving, but this is a job that is meant to last for decades to come. If you put faith in a quality material and design, you won’t need to worry about redoing your driveway or patio again for a very long time, if ever.
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