Types of Block Paving

Block Paving Essex


Block paving falls into 2 main categories: concrete and clay. Both come in different styles, which can be classed as either standard, tumbled or decorative. The differences between each style is explained below.


Standard Pavers

Standard pavers are typically manufactured to the dimensions of 200mm x 100mm with a depth of either 50mm or 60mm. The 60mm variety provides greater strength but in the vast majority of cases, 50mm is sufficient for a residential driveway or path. Standard concrete pavers are the most popular for driveways in the UK, due to their affordability. Clay pavers are the more expensive option but are usually of a higher quality than the concrete variation. There are 3 patterns that standard pavers can be arranged in: herringbone, stretcher-bond or basketweave.

An example of standard block paving can be seen here: Marshalls Driveline 50


Tumbled Pavers

Tumbled pavers are manufactured to have an aged and distressed look. This gives them a more ‘reclaimed’ feel as opposed to standard blocks. The term ‘tumbled’ refers to the manufacturing process where they are tumbled around in a cylindrical drum, giving them their unique look. Tumbled blocks are for use with properties that are older in age or have a certain character to them, as well as being ideal for use in the garden in the form of a patio or path. Although slightly more expensive than standard blocks, they are still a far more affordable option than flagstones or stone setts.

An example of tumbled block paving can be seen here: Marshalls Drivesett Tegula


Decorative Pavers

Decorative pavers are the most expensive style of block paving. Blocks that fall into this category are different to standard or tumbled pavers due to their special textures or the shapes or sizes they are available in. They often come in different sizes giving a paved area a unique look. Special textures are achieved using a technique called ‘secondary processing’, which basically means that further treatments take place after manufacturing, making them more expensive to produce.

An example of decorative block paving can be seen here: Marshalls Drivesett Natrale


Do you want to transform the look of your driveway or patio whilst adding thousands to the value of your home? Block paving is a great way to give your property kerb appeal and also makes for an excellent investment. We install block paving throughout Essex including Chelmsford, Romford, Brentwood, Billericay and Colchester. Call our professional installation team today on 01245 80 71 80 for a free consultation and written quotation. For further details click here



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