Please Note: Our Cramlington Store will be closed tomorrow 8th September. Our Lintzford store will be open as usual.
It's been estimated that a well done, attractive driveway can add 10% to the value of your home while making it infinitely more saleable into the bargain.
At the Patio and Paving Centre we have a wide range of driveway materials coupled with the expertise and advice to make sure you find the perfect route to your home. Our driveways can be tailored to your requirements and are fully SUDS compliant.
Blocks or cobbles for a traditional look, gravel that won't rut or pothole, permeable surfaces or built in drainage, a drive from us will last a lifetime without sinking or breaking up and we can keep it in top condition for you all year round.
Let us provide you with the driveway of your dreams, after all ... it’s what we do best.
The blocks are man made, pigmented concrete, come in a variety of colours and they are either regular in size, (as seen in many car parks and forecourts) or in mixed sizes (Often called cobbles). Prices vary with quality but all blocks will last indefinitely however after a few years the colour will wash out and they will end up looking like concrete blocks. There is a certain amount of maintenance needed as the sand filled joints are prone to weed growth but a regular maintenance program or surface sealing can be arranged to suit changing needs.
"Cobbles" is often a misused phrase when used with man made blocks. It generally describes a smaller stone paver which is laid onto a cement bed rather than a loose screed, it is then jointed with a grout, rather than sand as with close fitting blocks. The effect is like a cobbled street so it is a more traditional and varied surface and can be made from single sized or mixed size stones. Because the joints are hard there is very little maintenance required. Available in a variety of colours and types of stone it gives a truly unique driveway that can really set your house apart.
Natural stone block paving provides an attractive long-term solution for driveways due to the durability of the individual blocks, making them a natural alternative to concrete block paving. These can be laid either on a dry screed with sanded joints or as a cobble on a cement bed with wider grout filled joints. Available in Limestone, Sandstone, Marble and Granite it gives a breathtaking, one of a kind, drive that will enhance any home.
The idea of a sweeping gravel drive with the crunch underfoot is a romantic image but it is often a choice made by economics and the reality can be gravel migrating, ruts developing and pot holes appearing. The big advantage is that it is permeable so water drains into the ground and helps to stop flooding rivers. To avoid the problems we use Ecogrid, recycled polymer grids that lock together to form a flexible sheet to hold the gravel in place, stop ruts appearing and no pot holes.
This drive system is fully compliant with SUDS regulations so does not require planning consent. The choice of finish is up to you from over 30 different aggregates. Maintenance is minimal and it will last indefinitely. It uses less material and is better for the environment. It can even be recycled if it is ever removed.