Driveways Question

Driveway, slabs or blocks

Hi I have had two companies call to today to give an estimate to take up and renew a driveway (to take three cars) approx 77 sq m. The first said fitting slabs was not a problem as long as the base was well done, the second was adamant that fitting slabs was not possible and that it must be pavers or expensive cobbles, I must add the second was an approved installer for the paver company. Who is right please?
Thanks

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Hi

I have laid slabs of various types to driveways and never had a problem. My method is to excavate to 300mm lay a terram membrane followed by type 1 stone well compacted. To this I lay a minimum 100mm drylean concrete then the slab of choice on a full bed of mortar and point as normal.

Some of the drives I have laid with this method are still in situ 20 years later. The only drawback is slab paving will be more expensive than block. It is up to you as to the look you require.

Answered 2nd Apr 2013

Patios & Drives Turfcare

Member since 13 Feb 2012

Block paving is probably best.but I have used callibrated Indian sand stone which are only 32 mm thick , so long as you lay them on 3 n 1 sharp sand and cement with fibres on a solid bed, and point them properly with 3 n 1 building sand and cement you should be fine. Also make sure the area has been properly prepared.

Answered 25th Mar 2013

Baker construction

Member since 11 Mar 2013

I wouldnt use paving slabs personally. Block paviors are designed for vehicle weight so use them if you want it to last!

Answered 4th Mar 2013

R.Hughes Building and Conservation Ltd

Member since 25 Feb 2009

The minimum requirement is 50mm thick slab any thinner than this and you are going to get cracking, especially on the corners they will also need laying on full beds, spot laying is a no no

Answered 8th Nov 2014

Paveways.inc.com

Member since 3 Nov 2014

OK IF YOU HAVE A GOOD 50-60MM SLAB THATS FINE, BUT IF YOUR THINKING OF CHEAP THIN CONCRETE SLAB, DONT THE DRIVE WILL NOT BE UP TO IT. THEY ARE BOTH RIGHT BUT YOUR BEST BET IS BLOCKS THEY WILL TAKE THE WEIGHT OF TRAFFIC/CARS.

Answered 4th Mar 2013

trojan paving

Member since 29 Aug 2010

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