Driveways trade jargon

Jargon by trade
Block paving

Also known as brick paving, block paving uses bricks to create a driveway or area of hardstanding.

Block splitter

Also known as Block Cutters or Guillotines, a tool that allows bricks to be cut along straight lines to shape them for use in block paving.

Brick saw

A power tool used for cutting concrete, bricks and other materials.

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A paving technique where a tradesperson literally brushes a dry, powdered mortar into the joints of paving.


A flat stone used as a cap on walls or around the perimeter of patios, pools and ponds etc.

Crazy paving

Paving made of irregular pieces of flat stone.

Edge course

The bricks or paving blocks used at the edge of a pavement, driveway or other area.


A loose mix of small, smooth stones.


A mix of stones, broken bricks, rubble and other material used as a filling in foundations or under hardstanding.

Imprinted concrete

Concrete that is pressed to take on a pattern.

MOT Type 1

A type of easily compacted aggregate used in sub bases. Typically made up of crushed granite, limestone, or clean crushed concrete.

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Permeable paving

Paving made up materials that allows water to soak through.


The load-bearing layer of pavement or hardstanding, made from crushed stone.


The existing ground underneath a planned area of hardstanding, cleared of any obstacles.


Material used for surfacing roads or other outdoor areas, consisting of broken stone mixed with tar. Tarmac, is a proper name, and should be properly referred to as bituminous macadam or "Bitmac".

Wacker plate

Also known as a plate compactor, a piece of construction equipment used to smooth and level the earth.


Technique that brushes in a wet mortar into the joint of paving.

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