When planning for your driveway, it is important to do prior research so that you are familiar with what exactly you will be doing with your driveway. One of the key components of the process is the material that you will be using. A critical choice that you will need to make is what type of paving you will want. There are variations in color and style, but in general, one of the first choices you will have to make it between block paving or cobble paving.
Here are three key differences that can help you decide what you would like to use for your driveway.
Difference #1: Aesthetic Quality
The aesthetic quality between block paving and cobble paving is probably the largest difference you will want to understand.
Block paving is usually divided into two general categories, concrete and clay. Each material has a different style, and within these styles there are classes including standard, tumbled, or decorative. Standard concrete pavers are quite commonly seen in most driveways in the UK. Clay pavers are slightly more expensive but offer a higher quality than the concrete variation. Tumbled pavers provide a more aged look, so if you are looking for a historical look to your driveway or garden, you should consider the tumbled block paving. Decorative pavers are even more expensive because they cater towards textures and shapes depending on your specific driveway. They cost more because it takes longer for them to produce than the other two.
Cobble paving is different than block paving through the material they use. Cobbles are unworked lumps of rock that usually have not been worked on in any way. They come in their natural shape and size. They are quickly set in sand or crushed stone to provide a surface to walk on that is comparable to that off block paving. Cobble paving has a historical feel to them as well and appear more natural or random than that of block paving.
Difference #2: Pathway Usage
Depending on the purpose of your road, you will want to choose from block or cobble paving. If it is just a driveway, block paving may be a better choice as it is usually quite flat and easy to drive. However, if you are extending the path to a garden or are looking to make it friendly for people to walk on, cobble paving can be an excellent addition. Cobble paving often does not go well with the modern car, but it is great if you intend it for a place to walk as it offers a great, historical feel to your pathway. It can also act as a deterrent for other cars to not come onto your property. Cobble paving is often seen to be more of a decorative element than block paving.
Difference #3: Cost
The cost of block paving will widely be determined by what material you use. You will also need to decide on what quality you will want for your driveway. If you do not want to repair your driveway in the next ten years, and are hoping for quality, you should expect to pay a little more upfront.
Cobble paving can be expensive if you want a quality, nice-looking pathway. Many cobble paving can end up not looking great because people did not put in time to understand the patterns and shapes made by the stones. This is why it may be better to pay for quality so that you will not have retouch anything in the future.
When you are deciding on the material, it is also important to research the companies that are providing you with the services. Understand if they specialize in either block or cobble paving, and try to take a look at some of their previous work. If you are satisfied with how the block and cobble paving looks in other projects, then you can be assured that they will be able to handle your home as well.
Be proactive and ask the companies what materials they use and how they go through the process. Even if you do not understand everything they are saying, you are showing the company that you care about the details of your project, and you are investing in your home.