Advice Needed New Driveway.

KS55

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My drive is constructed out of concrete blocks. They are very old and crumbling at the edges.
A path made of the same material goes around the house.
I need to renew or refurbish. All advice gratefully received.
 

marcus

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Totally no help i guess but i clean and refurb driveways as part of my little company.
my observations are thus:

block paving- looks great but youll never stop the weeds coming through. We live in a damp country and you’ll need it cleaning and sealing yearly to keep on top.

tarmac - crumbles eventually and moss will knit and settle. Difficult to clean

flags- a lovely indian stone would be nice but constantly pulling car on and off drive will loosen the stones.

loose chippings/stones- hard to keep leaves etc off but good for security and looks well i reckon

resin- probs my choice, hard wearing etc. Pick a darker colour as the lighter ones do dis-colour over time. It can be cleaned easy enough though
 

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block paving- looks great but youll never stop the weeds coming through. We live in a damp country and you’ll need it cleaning and sealing yearly to keep on top.
How do you clean a block paving drive?

- Pressure washer off, allow to dry and re-sand?
- Treat blocks with patio cleaner (sodium hypochlorite based) agitate with brush if needed and rinse off?
 

Gaudion M

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Totally no help i guess but i clean and refurb driveways as part of my little company.
my observations are thus:

block paving- looks great but youll never stop the weeds coming through. We live in a damp country and you’ll need it cleaning and sealing yearly to keep on top.

tarmac - crumbles eventually and moss will knit and settle. Difficult to clean

flags- a lovely indian stone would be nice but constantly pulling car on and off drive will loosen the stones.

loose chippings/stones- hard to keep leaves etc off but good for security and looks well i reckon

resin- probs my choice, hard wearing etc. Pick a darker colour as the lighter ones do dis-colour over time. It can be cleaned easy enough though
Seems good advice. We had a resin drive in the last house and went for a colour that was too light. Go resin and go dark. Expensive but getting anything done properly will be expensive. If you want cheap that looks nice then slate chippings with a line of stones / bricks on the edges in a matching colour.
 

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