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Driveways!

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by IceCream, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. IceCream

    Associate

    Joined: Aug 27, 2019

    Posts: 4

    Location: London

    Does anyone have any recommendations when it comes to creating a driveway? I know we have to get the council to drop the kerb, but how about any new fangled eco-materials out there so we can avoid concrete or gravel? Thanks.
     
  2. robj20

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 9, 2007

    Posts: 8,377

    Location: Manchester

    I'd probably have mine tarmacked or just concrete.
    Looked at resin but to be done properly it's tarmacked first then done and it's not easy to repair.
    Flags are rubbish always come loose and crack.
    Blocks I don't like either.
     
  3. Syla5

    Soldato

    Joined: Feb 13, 2012

    Posts: 5,105

    Had ours block paved last year, 100m2 and looks so much better then when it was previously gravelled. Cost wise blocks are pretty reasonable. Had plenty of complements on how much better it looks since getting it done. Best advice is get at least 3-4 quotes from trades people with good reviews or recommendations.
     
  4. SquirrelMadness

    Gangster

    Joined: Aug 30, 2014

    Posts: 427

    I like those grey paving bricks that go together like a jigsaw puzzle.
     
  5. keylion

    Gangster

    Joined: May 17, 2003

    Posts: 387

    Location: Lancashire

    I like a natural stone block, but it can be expensive.
     
  6. ANDARIAL

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 6,147

    Location: Woolyback Country

  7. Terminal_Boy

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 13, 2013

    Posts: 7,648

    Location: La France

    Block paving. Make sure you have the foundations built to cope with the vehicles that will be parked on it.
     
  8. koolpc

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 2, 2004

    Posts: 11,592

    Location: Under The Desk, Wales

    Railway sleepers dug in and bedded onto well compacted ground and bolted together if need be

    Google it. Different and can look really good!
     
  9. IceCream

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    Location: London

    Brilliant thank you all.
     
  10. Relentless81

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 18, 2010

    Posts: 10,119

    If you can, can you keep us updated. All of the exterior of my house needs ripping up and replacing so I'm interested in this type of thing at the moment
     
  11. IceCream

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    Joined: Aug 27, 2019

    Posts: 4

    Location: London

    Will do.
     
  12. sovietspybob

    Mobster

    Joined: May 25, 2008

    Posts: 2,582

    Location: North Wales

    Yeah i'd be interested too, i need to do something with our driveway as it's currently just slate which is a pain to keep on top of the weeds.
     
  13. gav_172

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    We are currently having ours done at the moment. Gone with the block paved route. Had a tarmac drive at previous house and felt it looked cheap. Contemplated resin, but worried about oil dripping on it or marking it and the whole thing being ruined. With blocks worst case you can pop some out and replace.
     
  14. IceCream

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    Location: London

  15. koolpc

    Capodecina

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    Location: Under The Desk, Wales

  16. SeatIbiza

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 21, 2008

    Posts: 1,102

    Location: Cotswolds

    Agreed! OK for commercial applications, or areas where flooding is an issue, but for home use - no thanks. It would also be terrible to work on if you wanted to change the oil or something and it's be muddy in the winter and you'd get mud in your car.
     
  17. UTmaniac

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 9, 2005

    Posts: 5,233

    Location: Southampton

    Two generous strips of something solid for tyres to grip on, running front to back on drive, leave rest to allow water drainage.
     
  18. Steeps

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 8, 2003

    Posts: 5,003

    Location: Bedfordshire

    We laid similar to the ecogrid on the edge of our turf to allow driving on the grass to help shuffle 3 cars on the drive after the previous owner built an extension. It helps keep the ground level for access instead of churning up mud with regular driving but don't expect grass to survive on the area you're regularly driving over or under the car if parked for long periods during the day, it will look a mess after a few weeks. For a drive I'd use ecogrid with small loose gravel if that's the system you want to use, grass won't grow properly.
     
  19. DB_SamX

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Feb 17, 2006

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    Location: Winchester

    It should be permeable

    Could be block paving, reinforced grass/gravel systems (e.g. Golpla) as IceCream has already suggested.
     
  20. Skiddley

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 1, 2003

    Posts: 3,738

    I'm having a nightmare with SuDS at the moment. 50K driveway, and all sorts of issues relating to this. I look around, and everyone's just slapping down resin\non-perm tarmac\pressed concrete without a care in the world and the council don't seem to bat an eye-lid. I must be doing something wrong.