Parklane Driveways provideskilled paving contractors to carry out bespoke installations for clients in Banbury and the surrounding areas. We can lay pattern imprinted concrete patios, paths and driveways and also provide block paving services. On this page, we give a more detailed insight into how we install block paving for domestic and commercial customers in and around Banbury.
Design – Firstly, dependant on whether we’re replacing, extending or freshly landscaping patios and driveways, we help you choose the type, pattern and colour of block paving you wish to use. We recommend matching the colour of block paving totheexisting house bricks of your Banbury home.
Excavation – By using a mini excavator or a JCB, we save money and time excavating driveways. Our paving contractors dig out the area to the appropriate level whilst making sure that the proposed finish is 150mm below the damp proof course in the brick of the adjoining Banbury property. If the excavated area is still flat, we will create a slight slope to helpclear standing water.
Edging – Using a concrete mixer, our paving contractors usually mix 1 part cement and 6 parts ballast to create a concrete sub-base at your Banbury property. This should be 100mm in depth. The kerb or edge will be placed on top of the setting using a string line and spirit level. We employ a similar method when using patterned imprinted concrete for driveways. Our team them mortars the kerb stones and the edge restraints using a trowel and mallet. Once the stones are in position, they are set back in such a way that the concrete reaches halfway up the rear of the kerb.
Sub-Base – Our paving contractors lay MOT type 1 aggregate inside the edging and rake to the desired level. We then compact with a vibrating plate. Once compacted, the aggregate should be 100mm thick. Our block paving method for installing driveways is a tried and tested formula. The same goes for the way we use pattern imprinted concrete. By laying a sub-base of this quality, Banbury clients can have long-lasting patio and driveways installed that can last as long as 20 to 30 years.
Screeding – A layer of slightly damp sharp sand with a depth of 50mm will be applied and compacted using a vibrating plate. A second layer is added and levelled using string and screeding rails.
Block Paving Installation – Our paving contractors always lay block paving from the bottom of the slope, starting from a straight edge or a right angle. By placing block paving ontoour prepared sub-base, we ensure eachunitsits at least 45mm above the desired finished level. We work to the pattern agreed with our Banbury customersand once block pavingis laid, we cut leftovers to size to fill in edges and gaps. Our paving contractors usually use a block splitter or diamond disc saw for this job.
Finishing Off – Once block paving has been laid, we sweep the drive to make sure that all debris is removed. The team will then apply kiln-dried sand and brush it across newly laid driveways. This mix fall between the joints of the blocks. Once this stage is completed, our paving contractors compact new patios and driveways at your Banbury propertyonce more with the vibrating plate.
Ready to Use – Parklane Driveways will advise on when you can start using your new installation. We take great pride in all of our work, from the layingof pattern imprinted concrete theinstallation of block paving at homes and business properties in Banbury. If you have any issues after we’ve installed any of our patios or driveways, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always here to help.