In recent years, block paving has become a very popular and widespread hard landscaping method. Block paving is very versatile - it is suitable for a number of applications including: driveways, patios, paths, garage forecourts, public utility areas, garden areas and even roads. A number of people are now choosing to create their own block paving to save on labour costs - and certainly, the core principles of block paving are reasonably easy to master for the average DIY enthusiast who is prepared to put in a little time and effort.
Block paving consists of the following key components - the sub-base, the edge, the grit screed layer and the decorative wearing surface which comprises of an arrangement of blocks and patterns. However, other aspects may need to be considered, such as drainage requirements and whether or not retaining walls will be required. To this end, it can be a good idea to consult an architect or building specialist if you are planning to install your own block paving.
Perhaps the most commonly-used application of block paving can be seen on driveways, in particular those that lead to domestic properties in more urban areas - where parking spaces can be limited. As driveways differ in size, a number of block types, styles and colours can be used, generally, the style of block paving is largely based on personal choice and aspects such as the style and location of a property. While some people prefer natural block paving colours - others opt for brighter tones and more intricate designs.
If you follow the basic principles of block paving, it is a relatively easy task to master - although it can often be very physically-demanding, strenuous work. Specialist tools are available to hire from your local tool hire shop - this means that you won't have to fork out on expensive tool purchases for the job. Additionally, local and national building supply centres stock the raw materials that you will need for your block paving project.
Many larger centres also have block paving displays - this can be a great way to get a few design and layout ideas. If you are a novice at block paving, it's a good idea to design the project first and make any necessary calculations of the ground area that you are working on. This way, you can calculate the amount of supplies that you need to purchase to get the project completed.