Driveways & Paving

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Wow visitors by expertly paving your property with our sturdy and reliable driveway and paving materials. Here, at Materials Market, we stock block paving, garden & patio paving, path & kerb edging stones, and paving accessories - all of which offer a practical yet attractive solution to creating a masterfully laid driveway. 

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What Is Driveway & Paving Supplies?

Everyone's dream garden is unique to their creativity, ideas and the area they have available; some desire paving that is light grey, others a dark grey and for those looking to complement the existing nature of their outdoor space, rich earthy tones tend to fit the bill. 

Here at Materials Market, we understand this mission to craft a space that is unique to you and provide diverse sizes of paving slabs so you can achieve your desired look with ease. No matter what space you're working with, we make sure that each garden or patio project has its own individual touch!

Although selecting the right driveway surface may not initially sound as thrilling as creating a patio or other landscaping projects, it can have an immense and practical influence on how your outdoor space works.

Let's have a look at the most common driveway surfaces below. 

Concrete Block Paving Driveways

  • Matching paving stones interlock together to create an intricate, mesmerising tessellating pattern
  • Block paved driveway creates a clean, uniform finish
  • Does not require curing
  • Ideal for sloped driveways

Asphalt Driveways 

  • If properly maintained (with sealing and patching) an asphalt driveway is able to last 15 to 25 years
  • Asphalt requires more upkeep than concrete, which can make it a bit trickier to work with 
  • Asphalt paving tends to be cheaper than concrete
  • On hot days, this paving material may soften while tree roots growing underneath could cause deformations in its structure

Gravel Driveways

  • Gravel is the ideal pick for those looking to save money, particularly if you have a lengthy driveway
  • A gravel driveway is one of the cheapest and less laborious ways to ensure that your driveway surface is permeable - a cheaper alternative to permeable paving materials 
  • Can have an aesthetic appeal 

Tarmac Driveways

  • Tarmac's weather resistance and durability is unparalleled- it can withstand storms, hail, and ice without any damage
  • Smooth surface provides skid resistance that prevents larger vehicles from damaging the driveway while also minimising snow or ice accumulation
  • Tend to be cheaper than block paved driveways/concrete pavers

Pricing of Driveway Materials

Now that you're familiar with the facts on some of the most popular driveway materials, it’s time to consider pricing. To determine the "best driveway material" for your new driveway, we must factor in both functionality and cost.

When compared to more expensive materials and types of driveways, such as natural stone, gravel driveways are the cheapest driveway material that requires the least amount of laborious effort. 

A concrete driveway, on the other hand, given its durability, comes with a higher cost than other paving materials on the market. This dearer price tag comes as a result of concrete's many advantages. Freshly-poured concrete driveways are a sight to behold—but don't be fooled, that allure can soon fade away due to pesky oil, grease, rust and tire marks. Thankfully, using a product such as Castrol SuperClean combined with pressure washing will soon restore lustre and revive your driveway's appeal.

To summarise, gravel is the cheapest material, while a concrete or resin driveway is the most expensive of all driveway foundations. 

Frequently Asked Driveways & Paving Questions

What Are Paving Flags? 

The locals of Lower Britain have long maintained that flags are "slabs," regardless of whether they are composed of concrete or natural stone. As it turns out, they were in the right all along! In accordance with British Standard BS 7533:42006, a flag is defined as a precast concrete unit employed for surfacing purposes; its length must not exceed one meter while its thickness divided by length should be greater than four. 

Is Natural Slate Good For Paving?

Slate paving is an ideal stone to use for pathways, driveways and patios due to its rich colours, durability and strength. Its unique qualities may make installation a bit more challenging as compared to other types of stones; however, the results are truly worth it!

If you desire something with a deeper hue, then Slate could be your go-to choice; however, if it's subtlety and lighter shades that are catching your eye, Limestone would bring those tones to life. Plus the added benefit is its consistent colouring!

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