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Block Paving Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire (HP1): Block paving is a stylish way to build a drive, patio or pathway around your home in Hemel Hempstead. The the most widespread use of block paving in residential and commercial settings is for generating a durable and hard wearing area for parking vehicles.

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The professional installation of a block paved driveway will add value to your house, because off-road parking is a highly desirable feature for any Hemel Hempstead property. Money invested in decent block paving now will pay dividends in the long term should you eventually decide to sell your house.

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When planning your new block paved driveway in Hemel Hempstead it's essential to think ahead when you are considering how big you should make it. You'll want to be able to safely park and move around your car or vehicle, and it is best to plan your driveway around these specifications, even though the dimensions of the garden area you have to build on will have a bearing on this. It's also a good idea, where possible, to think of installing a drive that has room for at least one more car than your own. This will provide the additional space needed when visitors or tradesmen call, and for further cars that could be owned by your loved ones moving forward.

When on the lookout for a qualified contractor to install your block paving in Hemel Hempstead, always obtain no less than 3 detailed quotes from different companies. You could ask for recommendations and advice from friends and family, if any of them have had a block paved drive installed recently.

A decent local company ought to provide a free and detailed quote for the whole project. Any chancers who simply show up at your front door saying they "happen to be in the area on another job", should be avoided at all costs. They may obviously be genuine (very unlikely), and there are far too many scary stories of people being left out of pocket when the promised drive is not completed, or having poor quality work done.

Stuff that you can anticipate seeing itemised on any acceptable quotation might be:

  • Preparation (excavation) of the area to be paved
  • Installation of sub-base
  • Water run-off and drainage requirements
  • Style, quantity and colour of block pavers
  • Waste disposal arrangements
  • Other things to consider

GROUNDWORK PREPARATION

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If your new block pave drive in Hemel Hempstead is replacing a pre-existing drive, it's going to be necessary to first lift, remove and dispose of the old construction materials. Further excavations could be necessary to make certain that your new block paving dive follows regulations concerning your property's damp proof course (DPC). Two courses of bricks or 150mm below the current DPC, is the rule for new driveways in Hemel Hempstead.

About 230mm of soil must be dug out and disposed of if your block pave drive in Hemel Hempstead is going onto bare earth or grass. This is going to allow for the creation of a proper sub-base and sharp sand layer, before the block paving is put down.

INSTALLATION OF THE SUB-BASE

The sub-base is made out of a sharp sand covered layer of MOT Type 1 crushed stones and gravel. To make sure that your drive will not move or develop low lying spots where pools can form, a sound sub-base is essential. Compacted to create a strong, solid and durable surface for your drive, footpath or patio area in Hemel Hempstead, Type 1 is a crushed aggregate mixture, normally composed of limestone or granite.

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Any drainage issues will be addressed during this stage of the installation. If not already inherent in the lay of the land, a fall or gradient will be developed, to allow excess water to flow off. You can either redirect this water away from your home, or direct it into purpose built drainage grates installed in between your house and the drive.

As soon as the type 1 sub-base has been compacted down, sharp sand can be added and levelled off to form a base for laying and arranging the block pavers.

WATER RUN-OFF AND DRAINAGE REQUIREMENTS

Every driveway in Hemel Hempstead which has an area of more than 5 sq mtr, must include the provision for water to run to a suitable permeable area nearby. If your driveway can't conform to this caveat, planning permission you will need to apply for planning permission from your local authorities. Any water run-off from your driveway can't be diverted into the drainage system due to the risk of localised flooding.

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To keep your new driveway within the legislation, a reliable Hemel Hempstead block paving installation specialist will investigate your requirements for drainage as an integral part of the installation process and take any action that is necessary. They may have to install a permeable driveway, excavate a soak-away area or add built-in drainage grates/channels, in order to achieve this.

If your home is inside the defined limits of a conservation area, further drainage and design features might need to be looked at. A dependable installation contractor will have the experience and knowledge to be able to shepherd you through this process.

AMOUNT, DESIGN AND COLOUR OF PAVERS

Block pavers come in a range of different colours, sizes and shapes to suit any design and pattern of drive you have in mind. With options from the common straight edged, rectangular or square pavers, to the more elaborate, s-shape, circular, curved and diamond variations, you ought to be able to find the ideal style. You could create an attractive feature with a completely different colour, or choose one that closely matches your property's brickwork.

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To create a more sympathetic and seamless entryway to older buildings in Hemel Hempstead, you might favour purchasing the traditional style block pavers, generally known as tumbled or tumble pavers. These block pavers have been pre-faded to give the appearance of being aged and time-worn. You can also buy contemporary block pavers if you are wanting to create a more modern feel, and a high-gloss finish is even possible with the application of a suitable sealant.

Your new block paver driveway in Hemel Hempstead could be designed as a straightforward rectangular or square shape, or it could snake around other existing features of your garden. Block paving can be done in many patterns for different effects; Basketweave, Herringbone and Stretcher Bond are three common design patterns. Whatever the pattern and design, a good block paving contractor in Hemel Hempstead will provide you with a quality driveway that looks magnificent.

Edging to your block paving area should also be carefully considered. Your chosen block paving installer will be happy to talk about the advantages of raised edging, different colours or shapes, or if your new driveway even needs an edging (as when flanked by walls).

THE DISPOSAL OF WASTE

When you're given a estimate for block paving installation, the charges for the removal of waste and soil and its expedient manner of disposal should mentioned. Naturally, the quantity of waste materials and earth that must be gotten rid of will hinge on the overall dimensions of your new driveway and whether or not an existing drive is involved. Unless you're able to use the extracted topsoil in other parts of your garden, it will have to be carted away by truck. Soil and related materials that are excavated must be disposed of in a sound, responsible fashion at a registered site.

OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER

Even though it is not a requirement for your new drive in Hemel Hempstead, you may be advised to put a coat of sealant on the block paving after it's been installed. Sealing can prolong the lifespan of your block paving drive, it also improves the colour, slows down fading, inhibits the growth of algae and protects it from staining. The applying of a quality block paving sealer is the ideal way to protect the considerable investment you've made in your new driveway.

As the sand and jointing needs to properly settle for a while, sealers shouldn't ever be put on to a recently installed drive. It is best to use a professional for the application of sealant, as mistakes are hard to resolve, and it's recommended that you wait at least 6 mths prior to doing it.

CONCLUSION

A block paved patio or driveway can totally transform the appearance of your house in Hemel Hempstead. It can provide an area to relax and sit in your garden, a durable area for securely parking your car, or create a distinctive and unique garden path for accessing your home.

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Block paving work can be done in Hemel Hempstead and also nearby in: Nettleden, Frogmore, Ashley Green, Whelpley Hill, Piccotts End, Belsize, Gorhambury, Great Gaddesden, Church End, Lye Green, Frithsden, Chipperfield, Nash Mills, Little Gaddesden, Potten End, Flaunden, Water End, and in these postcodes HP1 1JW, HP1 1PG, HP1 1QA, HP1 1BP, HP1 1HE, HP1 1JN, HP1 1AY, HP1 1PJ, HP1 1ET, and HP1 1NX. Local Hemel Hempstead block pavers will most likely have the telephone code 01442 and the postcode HP1. Establishing this will ensure that you're accessing locally based providers of block paving. Hemel Hempstead homeowners are able to benefit from these and lots of other related services. By clicking on the "Quote" banner you can obtain block paving estimates from local specialists.

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