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Block Paving Guide | What Does it Cost? | How Much Per m2?

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Block paving refers to paving using individual concrete or clay blocks called pavers. Block paving can create driveways, paths, patios and more. This page introduces block paving and discusses topics such as.

    • Durable and long-lasting
    • Suitable for any application
    • Customizable sizing, shape, colour
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Concrete Blocks

Concrete blocks, also known as CBPs (Concrete Block Pavers), are available in a range of thicknesses from 40mm up to 100mm. For residential use, 50mm or 60mm thick blocks are most common. 80mm blocks are used for roads or areas with regular vehicle traffic, while 100mm blocks are for heavy-duty industrial settings like ports. The standard shape is rectangular, but many other shapes are also produced. A typical size is 100mm x 200mm which provides coverage of around 50 blocks per square meter. Color is added using concrete dyes during manufacturing, but fading can occur over time. Concrete blocks are made either by a “through-color” method or a “face-mix” method.

Clay Pavers

Clay pavers are made from clay and fired in high-heat kilns. They are typically sized around 100mm x 200mm. Clay pavers showcase the natural colors of the clay, providing a wide range of hues with minimal fading. The clay runs all the way through the paver. Clay pavers are generally harder to cut than concrete. They provide better traction for foot traffic when wet but can promote moss and algae growth more than concrete.

Both concrete and clay produce quality paving units, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The right material depends on factors like cost, aesthetics, and performance needed for the specific project.

Block Paving Comparison
Feature/Type Concrete Block Paving (CBP) Clay Brick Paving
Manufacturing Process Moulded Kiln-fired
Thickness Range 40mm to 100mm (120mm for special applications) Typically around 60mm
Durability Suitable for road construction, regular vehicle overrun, heavy-duty pavements Suitable for domestic use, patios, paths
Appearance Variety of shapes, sizes, colors, textures Natural color, not subject to fading
Cost Varies; often cheaper than clay bricks Typically more expensive than concrete blocks
Maintenance Prone to weed growth in joints Less algal build-up on trafficked areas
Coloring Method Concrete dyes; might fade Natural color; no chemical dye
Manufacturing Techniques Through-color and face-mix Through-color only; solid clay
Usability Used in areas of exceptional loads Not for high-load areas like freight yards

How many block paving per m2?

The standard size for most rectangular concrete block pavers is 100mm x 200mm. When laid with tight joints, this block size means on average, there are 50 blocks per m2. The consistent 50 blocks per m2 coverage rate allows easy calculation of quantities needed based on the total paved surface area. It also enables potential interchangeability between different brands of block pavers with the same dimensions. This standardized sizing is a key benefit of block paving compared to other materials. Knowing the standard coverage rate simplifies planning and purchasing for any block paving project.

 

How much does block paving cost?

The average cost for block paving is between £80-£120 per m2, including all labor and materials. Basic concrete blocks fall at the lower end while specialized blocks and clay pavers are more expensive.

Total cost depends on the size of the area, design complexity, and preparation work needed.

For a small single car driveway (11.5m2) expect £920-£1,380. A larger two car drive (25m2) ranges from £2,000-£3,000. Average driveways (50m2) cost £4,000-£6,000.

Large driveways (100m2) range from £8,000-£12,000. These are approximate guides only. Obtain contractor quotes for accurate pricing for your specific project. Many factors affect final block paving costs.

Block Paving Patterns

Stretcher Bond Pattern

Stretcher and stack bonds create patterns by laying bricks in repeating rows. Stretcher bond offsets rows by half a brick length in a “running bond.” This allows close brick planning. Stack bond vertically aligns bricks for very uniform lines. Both patterns may shift over time without sufficient edging. Simple row patterns are best suited for patios.

stretcher bond paving pattern

Herringbone Patterns

Herringbone interlocks L-shaped bricks to resist shifting. The chevron design creates visual interest. A 90-degree herringbone is easiest to lay, with bricks placed perpendicular to edges. 45-degree herringbone requires meticulous measuring for precise angles. The interlocking nature provides unmatched stability for driveways.

90 Degree Herringbone Pattern

 

The 90-degree herringbone pattern is a classic herringbone style that uses right angles. In this pattern, the rectangular pavers are placed in an interlocking arrangement with each paver oriented perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the pavers in the adjacent rows.

This creates the distinctive herringbone visual effect of zigzagging joint lines resembling a fishbone. The pavers locking together in this method provide stability and prevent shifting.

Laying a 90-degree herringbone pattern is most easily accomplished by working outward in rows from a straight edge or border. Starting from a squared corner next to an edging border provides a guide to keep the perpendicular angles consistent.

If laying a herringbone pattern in an open area without border edges, temporary wood stakes and string lines can be used to delineate straight perimeter edges to work from.

Keeping the first row of pavers precisely aligned and spaced ensures the perpendicular angles propagate accurately as subsequent rows are laid. This establishes the clean, consistent geometrical arrangement that makes the 90-degree herringbone pattern so appealing for driveways and paths requiring a stable, interlocking paver configuration.

Herringbone pattern

45-Degree Herringbone

The 45-degree herringbone pattern uses angled pavers to create a zigzag appearance. In this style, the pavers are laid in an interlocking herringbone arrangement but oriented at a 45-degree angle to adjacent rows rather than 90 degrees.

This produces a sharper, more dramatic zigzag effect than the 90-degree pattern. However, the angled positioning requires very precise measuring and spacing to achieve accurate 45-degree joints throughout.

45 degree herringbone pattern

Creative Patterns

Unique patterns like basketweave add creativity through alternating vertical and horizontal brick placement. Varying the color between bricks can further enhance basketweave and similar designs. However, shifting can still occur without proper edging, so creative patterns are generally better suited to patios.

Choosing Block Paving Patterns

The optimal patio or paving paving pattern depends on the intended use, desired aesthetic, and need for stability. Contemporary stack bond or classic herringbone patterns suit most driveway applications. More creative basketweave and color variations are better reserved for patios. Consulting a knowledgeable paving contractor helps ensure selecting the best block paving pattern for any particular project.

How much does block paving cost?

The average cost for block paving is around £100 per m2 when professionally installed. For a typical 50m2 driveway or patio the cost would be £5,000-£6,000 total. The paver units themselves range from £30-£60 per m2 depending on quality and style, coming out to £1,500-£3,000 for materials for a 50m2 area. Additional costs for excavation, a mot type 1 sub-base, bedding sand and labor will be £2,500-£4,500 on top. Overall, block paving prices fall anywhere from £90-£130 per m2 fully installed.

What is the best pattern for block paving?

Herringbone is the best pattern for block-paving driveways. The interlocking design prevents shifting even with vehicles braking and turning. Herringbone provides stability while allowing creative 45 or 90 degree layouts.

What is the easiest paving pattern?

Stretcher bond is the easiest block paving pattern. It requires little cutting or wastage. The offset rows mimic classic brickwork for a timeless look. Stretcher bond can also disguise small inconsistencies.

What is the strongest paving pattern?

Herringbone is the strongest paving pattern. Each paver interlocks with surrounding units, preventing movement. This creates a stable surface that can withstand heavy foot traffic.

How much sand do I need per square meter for block paving?

The average amount of sand you need per m2 is 3.3kg for 50mm block paving, 4.5kg per m2 for 60mm block paving, and 5.7kg per m2 80mm block paving.

To learn more about sand and cement ratios, visit this url

How to create fall on block paving?

To create an effective fall or drainage slope on block paving, the base and bedding sand need to be excavated and angled to slope. Aim for at least 1:60 or steeper.  Lay pavers starting at the lowest end, adjusting bed thickness to maintain the slope orientation. Use string lines as guides. Tamp pavers frequently and ensure final rows meet edging height. Proper drainage slope prevents water pooling on the blocks. An experienced paving contractor can achieve the necessary fall across the paving area for adequate runoff.

Is patterned concrete cheaper than block paving?

Patterned concrete is generally cheaper upfront than block paving. Blocks cost more as individual units versus poured concrete. However, block paving has greater long-term durability and easier repair. This closed cost gap should be considered.

    • Attractive and creative aesthetic
    • Durable and long-lasting
    • Suitable for any application
    • Customizable sizing, shape, colour

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Concrete Blocks

Concrete blocks, also known as CBPs (Concrete Block Pavers), are available in a range of thicknesses from 40mm up to 100mm. For residential use, 50mm or 60mm thick blocks are most common. 80mm blocks are used for roads or areas with regular vehicle traffic, while 100mm blocks are for heavy-duty industrial settings like ports. The standard shape is rectangular, but many other shapes are also produced. A typical size is 100mm x 200mm which provides coverage of around 50 blocks per square meter. Color is added using concrete dyes during manufacturing, but fading can occur over time. Concrete blocks are made either by a “through-color” method or a “face-mix” method.

Clay Pavers

Clay pavers are made from clay and fired in high-heat kilns. They are typically sized around 100mm x 200mm. Clay pavers showcase the natural colors of the clay, providing a wide range of hues with minimal fading. The clay runs all the way through the paver. Clay pavers are generally harder to cut than concrete. They provide better traction for foot traffic when wet but can promote moss and algae growth more than concrete.

Both concrete and clay produce quality paving units, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The right material depends on factors like cost, aesthetics, and performance needed for the specific project.

Block Paving Comparison
Feature/Type Concrete Block Paving (CBP) Clay Brick Paving
Manufacturing Process Moulded Kiln-fired
Thickness Range 40mm to 100mm (120mm for special applications) Typically around 60mm
Durability Suitable for road construction, regular vehicle overrun, heavy-duty pavements Suitable for domestic use, patios, paths
Appearance Variety of shapes, sizes, colors, textures Natural color, not subject to fading
Cost Varies; often cheaper than clay bricks Typically more expensive than concrete blocks
Maintenance Prone to weed growth in joints Less algal build-up on trafficked areas
Coloring Method Concrete dyes; might fade Natural color; no chemical dye
Manufacturing Techniques Through-color and face-mix Through-color only; solid clay
Usability Used in areas of exceptional loads Not for high-load areas like freight yards

How many block paving per m2?

The standard size for most rectangular concrete block pavers is 100mm x 200mm. When laid with tight joints, this block size means on average, there are 50 blocks per m2. The consistent 50 blocks per m2 coverage rate allows easy calculation of quantities needed based on the total paved surface area. It also enables potential interchangeability between different brands of block pavers with the same dimensions. This standardized sizing is a key benefit of block paving compared to other materials. Knowing the standard coverage rate simplifies planning and purchasing for any block paving project.

 

How much does block paving cost?

The average cost for block paving is between £80-£120 per m2, including all labor and materials. Basic concrete blocks fall at the lower end while specialized blocks and clay pavers are more expensive.

Total cost depends on the size of the area, design complexity, and preparation work needed.

For a small single car driveway (11.5m2) expect £920-£1,380. A larger two car drive (25m2) ranges from £2,000-£3,000. Average driveways (50m2) cost £4,000-£6,000.

Large driveways (100m2) range from £8,000-£12,000. These are approximate guides only. Obtain contractor quotes for accurate pricing for your specific project. Many factors affect final block paving costs.

Block Paving Patterns

Stretcher Bond Pattern

Stretcher and stack bonds create patterns by laying bricks in repeating rows. Stretcher bond offsets rows by half a brick length in a “running bond.” This allows close brick planning. Stack bond vertically aligns bricks for very uniform lines. Both patterns may shift over time without sufficient edging. Simple row patterns are best suited for patios.

stretcher bond paving pattern

Herringbone Patterns

Herringbone interlocks L-shaped bricks to resist shifting. The chevron design creates visual interest. A 90-degree herringbone is easiest to lay, with bricks placed perpendicular to edges. 45-degree herringbone requires meticulous measuring for precise angles. The interlocking nature provides unmatched stability for driveways.

90 Degree Herringbone Pattern

 

The 90-degree herringbone pattern is a classic herringbone style that uses right angles. In this pattern, the rectangular pavers are placed in an interlocking arrangement with each paver oriented perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the pavers in the adjacent rows.

This creates the distinctive herringbone visual effect of zigzagging joint lines resembling a fishbone. The pavers locking together in this method provide stability and prevent shifting.

Laying a 90-degree herringbone pattern is most easily accomplished by working outward in rows from a straight edge or border. Starting from a squared corner next to an edging border provides a guide to keep the perpendicular angles consistent.

If laying a herringbone pattern in an open area without border edges, temporary wood stakes and string lines can be used to delineate straight perimeter edges to work from.

Keeping the first row of pavers precisely aligned and spaced ensures the perpendicular angles propagate accurately as subsequent rows are laid. This establishes the clean, consistent geometrical arrangement that makes the 90-degree herringbone pattern so appealing for driveways and paths requiring a stable, interlocking paver configuration.

Herringbone pattern

45-Degree Herringbone

The 45-degree herringbone pattern uses angled pavers to create a zigzag appearance. In this style, the pavers are laid in an interlocking herringbone arrangement but oriented at a 45-degree angle to adjacent rows rather than 90 degrees.

This produces a sharper, more dramatic zigzag effect than the 90-degree pattern. However, the angled positioning requires very precise measuring and spacing to achieve accurate 45-degree joints throughout.

45 degree herringbone pattern

Creative Patterns

Unique patterns like basketweave add creativity through alternating vertical and horizontal brick placement. Varying the color between bricks can further enhance basketweave and similar designs. However, shifting can still occur without proper edging, so creative patterns are generally better suited to patios.

Choosing Block Paving Patterns

The optimal patio or paving paving pattern depends on the intended use, desired aesthetic, and need for stability. Contemporary stack bond or classic herringbone patterns suit most driveway applications. More creative basketweave and color variations are better reserved for patios. Consulting a knowledgeable paving contractor helps ensure selecting the best block paving pattern for any particular project.

How much does block paving cost?

The average cost for block paving is around £100 per m2 when professionally installed. For a typical 50m2 driveway or patio the cost would be £5,000-£6,000 total. The paver units themselves range from £30-£60 per m2 depending on quality and style, coming out to £1,500-£3,000 for materials for a 50m2 area. Additional costs for excavation, a mot type 1 sub-base, bedding sand and labor will be £2,500-£4,500 on top. Overall, block paving prices fall anywhere from £90-£130 per m2 fully installed.

What is the best pattern for block paving?

Herringbone is the best pattern for block-paving driveways. The interlocking design prevents shifting even with vehicles braking and turning. Herringbone provides stability while allowing creative 45 or 90 degree layouts.

What is the easiest paving pattern?

Stretcher bond is the easiest block paving pattern. It requires little cutting or wastage. The offset rows mimic classic brickwork for a timeless look. Stretcher bond can also disguise small inconsistencies.

What is the strongest paving pattern?

Herringbone is the strongest paving pattern. Each paver interlocks with surrounding units, preventing movement. This creates a stable surface that can withstand heavy foot traffic.

How much sand do I need per square meter for block paving?

The average amount of sand you need per m2 is 3.3kg for 50mm block paving, 4.5kg per m2 for 60mm block paving, and 5.7kg per m2 80mm block paving.

To learn more about sand and cement ratios, visit this url

How to create fall on block paving?

To create an effective fall or drainage slope on block paving, the base and bedding sand need to be excavated and angled to slope. Aim for at least 1:60 or steeper.  Lay pavers starting at the lowest end, adjusting bed thickness to maintain the slope orientation. Use string lines as guides. Tamp pavers frequently and ensure final rows meet edging height. Proper drainage slope prevents water pooling on the blocks. An experienced paving contractor can achieve the necessary fall across the paving area for adequate runoff.

Is patterned concrete cheaper than block paving?

Patterned concrete is generally cheaper upfront than block paving. Blocks cost more as individual units versus poured concrete. However, block paving has greater long-term durability and easier repair. This closed cost gap should be considered.

  • Affordable compared to other paving
      • Attractive and creative aesthetic
      • Durable and long-lasting
      • Suitable for any application
      • Customizable sizing, shape, colour

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    Concrete Blocks

    Concrete blocks, also known as CBPs (Concrete Block Pavers), are available in a range of thicknesses from 40mm up to 100mm. For residential use, 50mm or 60mm thick blocks are most common. 80mm blocks are used for roads or areas with regular vehicle traffic, while 100mm blocks are for heavy-duty industrial settings like ports. The standard shape is rectangular, but many other shapes are also produced. A typical size is 100mm x 200mm which provides coverage of around 50 blocks per square meter. Color is added using concrete dyes during manufacturing, but fading can occur over time. Concrete blocks are made either by a “through-color” method or a “face-mix” method.

    Clay Pavers

    Clay pavers are made from clay and fired in high-heat kilns. They are typically sized around 100mm x 200mm. Clay pavers showcase the natural colors of the clay, providing a wide range of hues with minimal fading. The clay runs all the way through the paver. Clay pavers are generally harder to cut than concrete. They provide better traction for foot traffic when wet but can promote moss and algae growth more than concrete.

    Both concrete and clay produce quality paving units, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The right material depends on factors like cost, aesthetics, and performance needed for the specific project.

    Block Paving Comparison
    Feature/Type Concrete Block Paving (CBP) Clay Brick Paving
    Manufacturing Process Moulded Kiln-fired
    Thickness Range 40mm to 100mm (120mm for special applications) Typically around 60mm
    Durability Suitable for road construction, regular vehicle overrun, heavy-duty pavements Suitable for domestic use, patios, paths
    Appearance Variety of shapes, sizes, colors, textures Natural color, not subject to fading
    Cost Varies; often cheaper than clay bricks Typically more expensive than concrete blocks
    Maintenance Prone to weed growth in joints Less algal build-up on trafficked areas
    Coloring Method Concrete dyes; might fade Natural color; no chemical dye
    Manufacturing Techniques Through-color and face-mix Through-color only; solid clay
    Usability Used in areas of exceptional loads Not for high-load areas like freight yards

    How many block paving per m2?

    The standard size for most rectangular concrete block pavers is 100mm x 200mm. When laid with tight joints, this block size means on average, there are 50 blocks per m2. The consistent 50 blocks per m2 coverage rate allows easy calculation of quantities needed based on the total paved surface area. It also enables potential interchangeability between different brands of block pavers with the same dimensions. This standardized sizing is a key benefit of block paving compared to other materials. Knowing the standard coverage rate simplifies planning and purchasing for any block paving project.

     

    How much does block paving cost?

    The average cost for block paving is between £80-£120 per m2, including all labor and materials. Basic concrete blocks fall at the lower end while specialized blocks and clay pavers are more expensive.

    Total cost depends on the size of the area, design complexity, and preparation work needed.

    For a small single car driveway (11.5m2) expect £920-£1,380. A larger two car drive (25m2) ranges from £2,000-£3,000. Average driveways (50m2) cost £4,000-£6,000.

    Large driveways (100m2) range from £8,000-£12,000. These are approximate guides only. Obtain contractor quotes for accurate pricing for your specific project. Many factors affect final block paving costs.

    Block Paving Patterns

    Stretcher Bond Pattern

    Stretcher and stack bonds create patterns by laying bricks in repeating rows. Stretcher bond offsets rows by half a brick length in a “running bond.” This allows close brick planning. Stack bond vertically aligns bricks for very uniform lines. Both patterns may shift over time without sufficient edging. Simple row patterns are best suited for patios.

    stretcher bond paving pattern

    Herringbone Patterns

    Herringbone interlocks L-shaped bricks to resist shifting. The chevron design creates visual interest. A 90-degree herringbone is easiest to lay, with bricks placed perpendicular to edges. 45-degree herringbone requires meticulous measuring for precise angles. The interlocking nature provides unmatched stability for driveways.

    90 Degree Herringbone Pattern

     

    The 90-degree herringbone pattern is a classic herringbone style that uses right angles. In this pattern, the rectangular pavers are placed in an interlocking arrangement with each paver oriented perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the pavers in the adjacent rows.

    This creates the distinctive herringbone visual effect of zigzagging joint lines resembling a fishbone. The pavers locking together in this method provide stability and prevent shifting.

    Laying a 90-degree herringbone pattern is most easily accomplished by working outward in rows from a straight edge or border. Starting from a squared corner next to an edging border provides a guide to keep the perpendicular angles consistent.

    If laying a herringbone pattern in an open area without border edges, temporary wood stakes and string lines can be used to delineate straight perimeter edges to work from.

    Keeping the first row of pavers precisely aligned and spaced ensures the perpendicular angles propagate accurately as subsequent rows are laid. This establishes the clean, consistent geometrical arrangement that makes the 90-degree herringbone pattern so appealing for driveways and paths requiring a stable, interlocking paver configuration.

    Herringbone pattern

    45-Degree Herringbone

    The 45-degree herringbone pattern uses angled pavers to create a zigzag appearance. In this style, the pavers are laid in an interlocking herringbone arrangement but oriented at a 45-degree angle to adjacent rows rather than 90 degrees.

    This produces a sharper, more dramatic zigzag effect than the 90-degree pattern. However, the angled positioning requires very precise measuring and spacing to achieve accurate 45-degree joints throughout.

    45 degree herringbone pattern

    Creative Patterns

    Unique patterns like basketweave add creativity through alternating vertical and horizontal brick placement. Varying the color between bricks can further enhance basketweave and similar designs. However, shifting can still occur without proper edging, so creative patterns are generally better suited to patios.

    Choosing Block Paving Patterns

    The optimal patio or paving paving pattern depends on the intended use, desired aesthetic, and need for stability. Contemporary stack bond or classic herringbone patterns suit most driveway applications. More creative basketweave and color variations are better reserved for patios. Consulting a knowledgeable paving contractor helps ensure selecting the best block paving pattern for any particular project.

    How much does block paving cost?

    The average cost for block paving is around £100 per m2 when professionally installed. For a typical 50m2 driveway or patio the cost would be £5,000-£6,000 total. The paver units themselves range from £30-£60 per m2 depending on quality and style, coming out to £1,500-£3,000 for materials for a 50m2 area. Additional costs for excavation, a mot type 1 sub-base, bedding sand and labor will be £2,500-£4,500 on top. Overall, block paving prices fall anywhere from £90-£130 per m2 fully installed.

    What is the best pattern for block paving?

    Herringbone is the best pattern for block-paving driveways. The interlocking design prevents shifting even with vehicles braking and turning. Herringbone provides stability while allowing creative 45 or 90 degree layouts.

    What is the easiest paving pattern?

    Stretcher bond is the easiest block paving pattern. It requires little cutting or wastage. The offset rows mimic classic brickwork for a timeless look. Stretcher bond can also disguise small inconsistencies.

    What is the strongest paving pattern?

    Herringbone is the strongest paving pattern. Each paver interlocks with surrounding units, preventing movement. This creates a stable surface that can withstand heavy foot traffic.

    How much sand do I need per square meter for block paving?

    The average amount of sand you need per m2 is 3.3kg for 50mm block paving, 4.5kg per m2 for 60mm block paving, and 5.7kg per m2 80mm block paving.

    To learn more about sand and cement ratios, visit this url

    How to create fall on block paving?

    To create an effective fall or drainage slope on block paving, the base and bedding sand need to be excavated and angled to slope. Aim for at least 1:60 or steeper.  Lay pavers starting at the lowest end, adjusting bed thickness to maintain the slope orientation. Use string lines as guides. Tamp pavers frequently and ensure final rows meet edging height. Proper drainage slope prevents water pooling on the blocks. An experienced paving contractor can achieve the necessary fall across the paving area for adequate runoff.

    Is patterned concrete cheaper than block paving?

    Patterned concrete is generally cheaper upfront than block paving. Blocks cost more as individual units versus poured concrete. However, block paving has greater long-term durability and easier repair. This closed cost gap should be considered.

      • Affordable compared to other paving
      • Attractive and creative aesthetic
      • Durable and long-lasting
      • Suitable for any application
      • Customizable sizing, shape, colour

    [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

    Concrete Blocks

    Concrete blocks, also known as CBPs (Concrete Block Pavers), are available in a range of thicknesses from 40mm up to 100mm. For residential use, 50mm or 60mm thick blocks are most common. 80mm blocks are used for roads or areas with regular vehicle traffic, while 100mm blocks are for heavy-duty industrial settings like ports. The standard shape is rectangular, but many other shapes are also produced. A typical size is 100mm x 200mm which provides coverage of around 50 blocks per square meter. Color is added using concrete dyes during manufacturing, but fading can occur over time. Concrete blocks are made either by a “through-color” method or a “face-mix” method.

    Clay Pavers

    Clay pavers are made from clay and fired in high-heat kilns. They are typically sized around 100mm x 200mm. Clay pavers showcase the natural colors of the clay, providing a wide range of hues with minimal fading. The clay runs all the way through the paver. Clay pavers are generally harder to cut than concrete. They provide better traction for foot traffic when wet but can promote moss and algae growth more than concrete.

    Both concrete and clay produce quality paving units, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The right material depends on factors like cost, aesthetics, and performance needed for the specific project.

    Block Paving Comparison
    Feature/Type Concrete Block Paving (CBP) Clay Brick Paving
    Manufacturing Process Moulded Kiln-fired
    Thickness Range 40mm to 100mm (120mm for special applications) Typically around 60mm
    Durability Suitable for road construction, regular vehicle overrun, heavy-duty pavements Suitable for domestic use, patios, paths
    Appearance Variety of shapes, sizes, colors, textures Natural color, not subject to fading
    Cost Varies; often cheaper than clay bricks Typically more expensive than concrete blocks
    Maintenance Prone to weed growth in joints Less algal build-up on trafficked areas
    Coloring Method Concrete dyes; might fade Natural color; no chemical dye
    Manufacturing Techniques Through-color and face-mix Through-color only; solid clay
    Usability Used in areas of exceptional loads Not for high-load areas like freight yards

    How many block paving per m2?

    The standard size for most rectangular concrete block pavers is 100mm x 200mm. When laid with tight joints, this block size means on average, there are 50 blocks per m2. The consistent 50 blocks per m2 coverage rate allows easy calculation of quantities needed based on the total paved surface area. It also enables potential interchangeability between different brands of block pavers with the same dimensions. This standardized sizing is a key benefit of block paving compared to other materials. Knowing the standard coverage rate simplifies planning and purchasing for any block paving project.

     

    How much does block paving cost?

    The average cost for block paving is between £80-£120 per m2, including all labor and materials. Basic concrete blocks fall at the lower end while specialized blocks and clay pavers are more expensive.

    Total cost depends on the size of the area, design complexity, and preparation work needed.

    For a small single car driveway (11.5m2) expect £920-£1,380. A larger two car drive (25m2) ranges from £2,000-£3,000. Average driveways (50m2) cost £4,000-£6,000.

    Large driveways (100m2) range from £8,000-£12,000. These are approximate guides only. Obtain contractor quotes for accurate pricing for your specific project. Many factors affect final block paving costs.

    Block Paving Patterns

    Stretcher Bond Pattern

    Stretcher and stack bonds create patterns by laying bricks in repeating rows. Stretcher bond offsets rows by half a brick length in a “running bond.” This allows close brick planning. Stack bond vertically aligns bricks for very uniform lines. Both patterns may shift over time without sufficient edging. Simple row patterns are best suited for patios.

    stretcher bond paving pattern

    Herringbone Patterns

    Herringbone interlocks L-shaped bricks to resist shifting. The chevron design creates visual interest. A 90-degree herringbone is easiest to lay, with bricks placed perpendicular to edges. 45-degree herringbone requires meticulous measuring for precise angles. The interlocking nature provides unmatched stability for driveways.

    90 Degree Herringbone Pattern

     

    The 90-degree herringbone pattern is a classic herringbone style that uses right angles. In this pattern, the rectangular pavers are placed in an interlocking arrangement with each paver oriented perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the pavers in the adjacent rows.

    This creates the distinctive herringbone visual effect of zigzagging joint lines resembling a fishbone. The pavers locking together in this method provide stability and prevent shifting.

    Laying a 90-degree herringbone pattern is most easily accomplished by working outward in rows from a straight edge or border. Starting from a squared corner next to an edging border provides a guide to keep the perpendicular angles consistent.

    If laying a herringbone pattern in an open area without border edges, temporary wood stakes and string lines can be used to delineate straight perimeter edges to work from.

    Keeping the first row of pavers precisely aligned and spaced ensures the perpendicular angles propagate accurately as subsequent rows are laid. This establishes the clean, consistent geometrical arrangement that makes the 90-degree herringbone pattern so appealing for driveways and paths requiring a stable, interlocking paver configuration.

    Herringbone pattern

    45-Degree Herringbone

    The 45-degree herringbone pattern uses angled pavers to create a zigzag appearance. In this style, the pavers are laid in an interlocking herringbone arrangement but oriented at a 45-degree angle to adjacent rows rather than 90 degrees.

    This produces a sharper, more dramatic zigzag effect than the 90-degree pattern. However, the angled positioning requires very precise measuring and spacing to achieve accurate 45-degree joints throughout.

    45 degree herringbone pattern

    Creative Patterns

    Unique patterns like basketweave add creativity through alternating vertical and horizontal brick placement. Varying the color between bricks can further enhance basketweave and similar designs. However, shifting can still occur without proper edging, so creative patterns are generally better suited to patios.

    Choosing Block Paving Patterns

    The optimal patio or paving paving pattern depends on the intended use, desired aesthetic, and need for stability. Contemporary stack bond or classic herringbone patterns suit most driveway applications. More creative basketweave and color variations are better reserved for patios. Consulting a knowledgeable paving contractor helps ensure selecting the best block paving pattern for any particular project.

    How much does block paving cost?

    The average cost for block paving is around £100 per m2 when professionally installed. For a typical 50m2 driveway or patio the cost would be £5,000-£6,000 total. The paver units themselves range from £30-£60 per m2 depending on quality and style, coming out to £1,500-£3,000 for materials for a 50m2 area. Additional costs for excavation, a mot type 1 sub-base, bedding sand and labor will be £2,500-£4,500 on top. Overall, block paving prices fall anywhere from £90-£130 per m2 fully installed.

    What is the best pattern for block paving?

    Herringbone is the best pattern for block-paving driveways. The interlocking design prevents shifting even with vehicles braking and turning. Herringbone provides stability while allowing creative 45 or 90 degree layouts.

    What is the easiest paving pattern?

    Stretcher bond is the easiest block paving pattern. It requires little cutting or wastage. The offset rows mimic classic brickwork for a timeless look. Stretcher bond can also disguise small inconsistencies.

    What is the strongest paving pattern?

    Herringbone is the strongest paving pattern. Each paver interlocks with surrounding units, preventing movement. This creates a stable surface that can withstand heavy foot traffic.

    How much sand do I need per square meter for block paving?

    The average amount of sand you need per m2 is 3.3kg for 50mm block paving, 4.5kg per m2 for 60mm block paving, and 5.7kg per m2 80mm block paving.

    To learn more about sand and cement ratios, visit this url

    How to create fall on block paving?

    To create an effective fall or drainage slope on block paving, the base and bedding sand need to be excavated and angled to slope. Aim for at least 1:60 or steeper.  Lay pavers starting at the lowest end, adjusting bed thickness to maintain the slope orientation. Use string lines as guides. Tamp pavers frequently and ensure final rows meet edging height. Proper drainage slope prevents water pooling on the blocks. An experienced paving contractor can achieve the necessary fall across the paving area for adequate runoff.

    Is patterned concrete cheaper than block paving?

    Patterned concrete is generally cheaper upfront than block paving. Blocks cost more as individual units versus poured concrete. However, block paving has greater long-term durability and easier repair. This closed cost gap should be considered.

     

      • Affordable compared to other paving
      • Attractive and creative aesthetic
      • Durable and long-lasting
      • Suitable for any application
      • Customizable sizing, shape, colour

    [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

    Concrete Blocks

    Concrete blocks, also known as CBPs (Concrete Block Pavers), are available in a range of thicknesses from 40mm up to 100mm. For residential use, 50mm or 60mm thick blocks are most common. 80mm blocks are used for roads or areas with regular vehicle traffic, while 100mm blocks are for heavy-duty industrial settings like ports. The standard shape is rectangular, but many other shapes are also produced. A typical size is 100mm x 200mm which provides coverage of around 50 blocks per square meter. Color is added using concrete dyes during manufacturing, but fading can occur over time. Concrete blocks are made either by a “through-color” method or a “face-mix” method.

    Clay Pavers

    Clay pavers are made from clay and fired in high-heat kilns. They are typically sized around 100mm x 200mm. Clay pavers showcase the natural colors of the clay, providing a wide range of hues with minimal fading. The clay runs all the way through the paver. Clay pavers are generally harder to cut than concrete. They provide better traction for foot traffic when wet but can promote moss and algae growth more than concrete.

    Both concrete and clay produce quality paving units, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The right material depends on factors like cost, aesthetics, and performance needed for the specific project.

    Block Paving Comparison
    Feature/Type Concrete Block Paving (CBP) Clay Brick Paving
    Manufacturing Process Moulded Kiln-fired
    Thickness Range 40mm to 100mm (120mm for special applications) Typically around 60mm
    Durability Suitable for road construction, regular vehicle overrun, heavy-duty pavements Suitable for domestic use, patios, paths
    Appearance Variety of shapes, sizes, colors, textures Natural color, not subject to fading
    Cost Varies; often cheaper than clay bricks Typically more expensive than concrete blocks
    Maintenance Prone to weed growth in joints Less algal build-up on trafficked areas
    Coloring Method Concrete dyes; might fade Natural color; no chemical dye
    Manufacturing Techniques Through-color and face-mix Through-color only; solid clay
    Usability Used in areas of exceptional loads Not for high-load areas like freight yards

    How many block paving per m2?

    The standard size for most rectangular concrete block pavers is 100mm x 200mm. When laid with tight joints, this block size means on average, there are 50 blocks per m2. The consistent 50 blocks per m2 coverage rate allows easy calculation of quantities needed based on the total paved surface area. It also enables potential interchangeability between different brands of block pavers with the same dimensions. This standardized sizing is a key benefit of block paving compared to other materials. Knowing the standard coverage rate simplifies planning and purchasing for any block paving project.

     

    How much does block paving cost?

    The average cost for block paving is between £80-£120 per m2, including all labor and materials. Basic concrete blocks fall at the lower end while specialized blocks and clay pavers are more expensive.

    Total cost depends on the size of the area, design complexity, and preparation work needed.

    For a small single car driveway (11.5m2) expect £920-£1,380. A larger two car drive (25m2) ranges from £2,000-£3,000. Average driveways (50m2) cost £4,000-£6,000.

    Large driveways (100m2) range from £8,000-£12,000. These are approximate guides only. Obtain contractor quotes for accurate pricing for your specific project. Many factors affect final block paving costs.

    Block Paving Patterns

    Stretcher Bond Pattern

    Stretcher and stack bonds create patterns by laying bricks in repeating rows. Stretcher bond offsets rows by half a brick length in a “running bond.” This allows close brick planning. Stack bond vertically aligns bricks for very uniform lines. Both patterns may shift over time without sufficient edging. Simple row patterns are best suited for patios.

    stretcher bond paving pattern

    Herringbone Patterns

    Herringbone interlocks L-shaped bricks to resist shifting. The chevron design creates visual interest. A 90-degree herringbone is easiest to lay, with bricks placed perpendicular to edges. 45-degree herringbone requires meticulous measuring for precise angles. The interlocking nature provides unmatched stability for driveways.

    90 Degree Herringbone Pattern

     

    The 90-degree herringbone pattern is a classic herringbone style that uses right angles. In this pattern, the rectangular pavers are placed in an interlocking arrangement with each paver oriented perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the pavers in the adjacent rows.

    This creates the distinctive herringbone visual effect of zigzagging joint lines resembling a fishbone. The pavers locking together in this method provide stability and prevent shifting.

    Laying a 90-degree herringbone pattern is most easily accomplished by working outward in rows from a straight edge or border. Starting from a squared corner next to an edging border provides a guide to keep the perpendicular angles consistent.

    If laying a herringbone pattern in an open area without border edges, temporary wood stakes and string lines can be used to delineate straight perimeter edges to work from.

    Keeping the first row of pavers precisely aligned and spaced ensures the perpendicular angles propagate accurately as subsequent rows are laid. This establishes the clean, consistent geometrical arrangement that makes the 90-degree herringbone pattern so appealing for driveways and paths requiring a stable, interlocking paver configuration.

    Herringbone pattern

    45-Degree Herringbone

    The 45-degree herringbone pattern uses angled pavers to create a zigzag appearance. In this style, the pavers are laid in an interlocking herringbone arrangement but oriented at a 45-degree angle to adjacent rows rather than 90 degrees.

    This produces a sharper, more dramatic zigzag effect than the 90-degree pattern. However, the angled positioning requires very precise measuring and spacing to achieve accurate 45-degree joints throughout.

    45 degree herringbone pattern

    Creative Patterns

    Unique patterns like basketweave add creativity through alternating vertical and horizontal brick placement. Varying the color between bricks can further enhance basketweave and similar designs. However, shifting can still occur without proper edging, so creative patterns are generally better suited to patios.

    Choosing Block Paving Patterns

    The optimal patio or paving paving pattern depends on the intended use, desired aesthetic, and need for stability. Contemporary stack bond or classic herringbone patterns suit most driveway applications. More creative basketweave and color variations are better reserved for patios. Consulting a knowledgeable paving contractor helps ensure selecting the best block paving pattern for any particular project.

    How much does block paving cost?

    The average cost for block paving is around £100 per m2 when professionally installed. For a typical 50m2 driveway or patio the cost would be £5,000-£6,000 total. The paver units themselves range from £30-£60 per m2 depending on quality and style, coming out to £1,500-£3,000 for materials for a 50m2 area. Additional costs for excavation, a mot type 1 sub-base, bedding sand and labor will be £2,500-£4,500 on top. Overall, block paving prices fall anywhere from £90-£130 per m2 fully installed.

    What is the best pattern for block paving?

    Herringbone is the best pattern for block-paving driveways. The interlocking design prevents shifting even with vehicles braking and turning. Herringbone provides stability while allowing creative 45 or 90 degree layouts.

    What is the easiest paving pattern?

    Stretcher bond is the easiest block paving pattern. It requires little cutting or wastage. The offset rows mimic classic brickwork for a timeless look. Stretcher bond can also disguise small inconsistencies.

    What is the strongest paving pattern?

    Herringbone is the strongest paving pattern. Each paver interlocks with surrounding units, preventing movement. This creates a stable surface that can withstand heavy foot traffic.

    How much sand do I need per square meter for block paving?

    The average amount of sand you need per m2 is 3.3kg for 50mm block paving, 4.5kg per m2 for 60mm block paving, and 5.7kg per m2 80mm block paving.

    To learn more about sand and cement ratios, visit this url

    How to create fall on block paving?

    To create an effective fall or drainage slope on block paving, the base and bedding sand need to be excavated and angled to slope. Aim for at least 1:60 or steeper.  Lay pavers starting at the lowest end, adjusting bed thickness to maintain the slope orientation. Use string lines as guides. Tamp pavers frequently and ensure final rows meet edging height. Proper drainage slope prevents water pooling on the blocks. An experienced paving contractor can achieve the necessary fall across the paving area for adequate runoff.

    Is patterned concrete cheaper than block paving?

    Patterned concrete is generally cheaper upfront than block paving. Blocks cost more as individual units versus poured concrete. However, block paving has greater long-term durability and easier repair. This closed cost gap should be considered.

  • Block and paver types
      • Construction methods
      • Selecting blocks
      • Patterns

     

    Block paving has grown popular in Britain and Ireland over 40 years. Manufacturing advances made blocks affordable. Blocks now cost little more than plain flagstones for driveways.

    Blocks suit any application. Driveways, paths, patios, mixed designs, and more. Blocks are an attractive alternative to asphalt or concrete for roads. Blocks work even in high-load areas like airports, docks, and freight yards. The small units enable creative designs.

     

    Key block paving benefits:

     

      • Affordable compared to other paving
      • Attractive and creative aesthetic
      • Durable and long-lasting
      • Suitable for any application
      • Customizable sizing, shape, colour

    [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

    Concrete Blocks

    Concrete blocks, also known as CBPs (Concrete Block Pavers), are available in a range of thicknesses from 40mm up to 100mm. For residential use, 50mm or 60mm thick blocks are most common. 80mm blocks are used for roads or areas with regular vehicle traffic, while 100mm blocks are for heavy-duty industrial settings like ports. The standard shape is rectangular, but many other shapes are also produced. A typical size is 100mm x 200mm which provides coverage of around 50 blocks per square meter. Color is added using concrete dyes during manufacturing, but fading can occur over time. Concrete blocks are made either by a “through-color” method or a “face-mix” method.

    Clay Pavers

    Clay pavers are made from clay and fired in high-heat kilns. They are typically sized around 100mm x 200mm. Clay pavers showcase the natural colors of the clay, providing a wide range of hues with minimal fading. The clay runs all the way through the paver. Clay pavers are generally harder to cut than concrete. They provide better traction for foot traffic when wet but can promote moss and algae growth more than concrete.

    Both concrete and clay produce quality paving units, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The right material depends on factors like cost, aesthetics, and performance needed for the specific project.

    Block Paving Comparison
    Feature/Type Concrete Block Paving (CBP) Clay Brick Paving
    Manufacturing Process Moulded Kiln-fired
    Thickness Range 40mm to 100mm (120mm for special applications) Typically around 60mm
    Durability Suitable for road construction, regular vehicle overrun, heavy-duty pavements Suitable for domestic use, patios, paths
    Appearance Variety of shapes, sizes, colors, textures Natural color, not subject to fading
    Cost Varies; often cheaper than clay bricks Typically more expensive than concrete blocks
    Maintenance Prone to weed growth in joints Less algal build-up on trafficked areas
    Coloring Method Concrete dyes; might fade Natural color; no chemical dye
    Manufacturing Techniques Through-color and face-mix Through-color only; solid clay
    Usability Used in areas of exceptional loads Not for high-load areas like freight yards

    How many block paving per m2?

    The standard size for most rectangular concrete block pavers is 100mm x 200mm. When laid with tight joints, this block size means on average, there are 50 blocks per m2. The consistent 50 blocks per m2 coverage rate allows easy calculation of quantities needed based on the total paved surface area. It also enables potential interchangeability between different brands of block pavers with the same dimensions. This standardized sizing is a key benefit of block paving compared to other materials. Knowing the standard coverage rate simplifies planning and purchasing for any block paving project.

     

    How much does block paving cost?

    The average cost for block paving is between £80-£120 per m2, including all labor and materials. Basic concrete blocks fall at the lower end while specialized blocks and clay pavers are more expensive.

    Total cost depends on the size of the area, design complexity, and preparation work needed.

    For a small single car driveway (11.5m2) expect £920-£1,380. A larger two car drive (25m2) ranges from £2,000-£3,000. Average driveways (50m2) cost £4,000-£6,000.

    Large driveways (100m2) range from £8,000-£12,000. These are approximate guides only. Obtain contractor quotes for accurate pricing for your specific project. Many factors affect final block paving costs.

    Block Paving Patterns

    Stretcher Bond Pattern

    Stretcher and stack bonds create patterns by laying bricks in repeating rows. Stretcher bond offsets rows by half a brick length in a “running bond.” This allows close brick planning. Stack bond vertically aligns bricks for very uniform lines. Both patterns may shift over time without sufficient edging. Simple row patterns are best suited for patios.

    stretcher bond paving pattern

    Herringbone Patterns

    Herringbone interlocks L-shaped bricks to resist shifting. The chevron design creates visual interest. A 90-degree herringbone is easiest to lay, with bricks placed perpendicular to edges. 45-degree herringbone requires meticulous measuring for precise angles. The interlocking nature provides unmatched stability for driveways.

    90 Degree Herringbone Pattern

     

    The 90-degree herringbone pattern is a classic herringbone style that uses right angles. In this pattern, the rectangular pavers are placed in an interlocking arrangement with each paver oriented perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the pavers in the adjacent rows.

    This creates the distinctive herringbone visual effect of zigzagging joint lines resembling a fishbone. The pavers locking together in this method provide stability and prevent shifting.

    Laying a 90-degree herringbone pattern is most easily accomplished by working outward in rows from a straight edge or border. Starting from a squared corner next to an edging border provides a guide to keep the perpendicular angles consistent.

    If laying a herringbone pattern in an open area without border edges, temporary wood stakes and string lines can be used to delineate straight perimeter edges to work from.

    Keeping the first row of pavers precisely aligned and spaced ensures the perpendicular angles propagate accurately as subsequent rows are laid. This establishes the clean, consistent geometrical arrangement that makes the 90-degree herringbone pattern so appealing for driveways and paths requiring a stable, interlocking paver configuration.

    Herringbone pattern

    45-Degree Herringbone

    The 45-degree herringbone pattern uses angled pavers to create a zigzag appearance. In this style, the pavers are laid in an interlocking herringbone arrangement but oriented at a 45-degree angle to adjacent rows rather than 90 degrees.

    This produces a sharper, more dramatic zigzag effect than the 90-degree pattern. However, the angled positioning requires very precise measuring and spacing to achieve accurate 45-degree joints throughout.

    45 degree herringbone pattern

    Creative Patterns

    Unique patterns like basketweave add creativity through alternating vertical and horizontal brick placement. Varying the color between bricks can further enhance basketweave and similar designs. However, shifting can still occur without proper edging, so creative patterns are generally better suited to patios.

    Choosing Block Paving Patterns

    The optimal patio or paving paving pattern depends on the intended use, desired aesthetic, and need for stability. Contemporary stack bond or classic herringbone patterns suit most driveway applications. More creative basketweave and color variations are better reserved for patios. Consulting a knowledgeable paving contractor helps ensure selecting the best block paving pattern for any particular project.

    How much does block paving cost?

    The average cost for block paving is around £100 per m2 when professionally installed. For a typical 50m2 driveway or patio the cost would be £5,000-£6,000 total. The paver units themselves range from £30-£60 per m2 depending on quality and style, coming out to £1,500-£3,000 for materials for a 50m2 area. Additional costs for excavation, a mot type 1 sub-base, bedding sand and labor will be £2,500-£4,500 on top. Overall, block paving prices fall anywhere from £90-£130 per m2 fully installed.

    What is the best pattern for block paving?

    Herringbone is the best pattern for block-paving driveways. The interlocking design prevents shifting even with vehicles braking and turning. Herringbone provides stability while allowing creative 45 or 90 degree layouts.

    What is the easiest paving pattern?

    Stretcher bond is the easiest block paving pattern. It requires little cutting or wastage. The offset rows mimic classic brickwork for a timeless look. Stretcher bond can also disguise small inconsistencies.

    What is the strongest paving pattern?

    Herringbone is the strongest paving pattern. Each paver interlocks with surrounding units, preventing movement. This creates a stable surface that can withstand heavy foot traffic.

    How much sand do I need per square meter for block paving?

    The average amount of sand you need per m2 is 3.3kg for 50mm block paving, 4.5kg per m2 for 60mm block paving, and 5.7kg per m2 80mm block paving.

    To learn more about sand and cement ratios, visit this url

    How to create fall on block paving?

    To create an effective fall or drainage slope on block paving, the base and bedding sand need to be excavated and angled to slope. Aim for at least 1:60 or steeper.  Lay pavers starting at the lowest end, adjusting bed thickness to maintain the slope orientation. Use string lines as guides. Tamp pavers frequently and ensure final rows meet edging height. Proper drainage slope prevents water pooling on the blocks. An experienced paving contractor can achieve the necessary fall across the paving area for adequate runoff.

    Is patterned concrete cheaper than block paving?

    Patterned concrete is generally cheaper upfront than block paving. Blocks cost more as individual units versus poured concrete. However, block paving has greater long-term durability and easier repair. This closed cost gap should be considered.

      • Block and paver types
      • Construction methods
      • Selecting blocks
      • Patterns

     

    Block paving has grown popular in Britain and Ireland over 40 years. Manufacturing advances made blocks affordable. Blocks now cost little more than plain flagstones for driveways.

    Blocks suit any application. Driveways, paths, patios, mixed designs, and more. Blocks are an attractive alternative to asphalt or concrete for roads. Blocks work even in high-load areas like airports, docks, and freight yards. The small units enable creative designs.

     

    Key block paving benefits:

     

      • Affordable compared to other paving
      • Attractive and creative aesthetic
      • Durable and long-lasting
      • Suitable for any application
      • Customizable sizing, shape, colour

    [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

    Concrete Blocks

    Concrete blocks, also known as CBPs (Concrete Block Pavers), are available in a range of thicknesses from 40mm up to 100mm. For residential use, 50mm or 60mm thick blocks are most common. 80mm blocks are used for roads or areas with regular vehicle traffic, while 100mm blocks are for heavy-duty industrial settings like ports. The standard shape is rectangular, but many other shapes are also produced. A typical size is 100mm x 200mm which provides coverage of around 50 blocks per square meter. Color is added using concrete dyes during manufacturing, but fading can occur over time. Concrete blocks are made either by a “through-color” method or a “face-mix” method.

    Clay Pavers

    Clay pavers are made from clay and fired in high-heat kilns. They are typically sized around 100mm x 200mm. Clay pavers showcase the natural colors of the clay, providing a wide range of hues with minimal fading. The clay runs all the way through the paver. Clay pavers are generally harder to cut than concrete. They provide better traction for foot traffic when wet but can promote moss and algae growth more than concrete.

    Both concrete and clay produce quality paving units, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The right material depends on factors like cost, aesthetics, and performance needed for the specific project.

    Block Paving Comparison
    Feature/Type Concrete Block Paving (CBP) Clay Brick Paving
    Manufacturing Process Moulded Kiln-fired
    Thickness Range 40mm to 100mm (120mm for special applications) Typically around 60mm
    Durability Suitable for road construction, regular vehicle overrun, heavy-duty pavements Suitable for domestic use, patios, paths
    Appearance Variety of shapes, sizes, colors, textures Natural color, not subject to fading
    Cost Varies; often cheaper than clay bricks Typically more expensive than concrete blocks
    Maintenance Prone to weed growth in joints Less algal build-up on trafficked areas
    Coloring Method Concrete dyes; might fade Natural color; no chemical dye
    Manufacturing Techniques Through-color and face-mix Through-color only; solid clay
    Usability Used in areas of exceptional loads Not for high-load areas like freight yards

    How many block paving per m2?

    The standard size for most rectangular concrete block pavers is 100mm x 200mm. When laid with tight joints, this block size means on average, there are 50 blocks per m2. The consistent 50 blocks per m2 coverage rate allows easy calculation of quantities needed based on the total paved surface area. It also enables potential interchangeability between different brands of block pavers with the same dimensions. This standardized sizing is a key benefit of block paving compared to other materials. Knowing the standard coverage rate simplifies planning and purchasing for any block paving project.

     

    How much does block paving cost?

    The average cost for block paving is between £80-£120 per m2, including all labor and materials. Basic concrete blocks fall at the lower end while specialized blocks and clay pavers are more expensive.

    Total cost depends on the size of the area, design complexity, and preparation work needed.

    For a small single car driveway (11.5m2) expect £920-£1,380. A larger two car drive (25m2) ranges from £2,000-£3,000. Average driveways (50m2) cost £4,000-£6,000.

    Large driveways (100m2) range from £8,000-£12,000. These are approximate guides only. Obtain contractor quotes for accurate pricing for your specific project. Many factors affect final block paving costs.

    Block Paving Patterns

    Stretcher Bond Pattern

    Stretcher and stack bonds create patterns by laying bricks in repeating rows. Stretcher bond offsets rows by half a brick length in a “running bond.” This allows close brick planning. Stack bond vertically aligns bricks for very uniform lines. Both patterns may shift over time without sufficient edging. Simple row patterns are best suited for patios.

    stretcher bond paving pattern

    Herringbone Patterns

    Herringbone interlocks L-shaped bricks to resist shifting. The chevron design creates visual interest. A 90-degree herringbone is easiest to lay, with bricks placed perpendicular to edges. 45-degree herringbone requires meticulous measuring for precise angles. The interlocking nature provides unmatched stability for driveways.

    90 Degree Herringbone Pattern

     

    The 90-degree herringbone pattern is a classic herringbone style that uses right angles. In this pattern, the rectangular pavers are placed in an interlocking arrangement with each paver oriented perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the pavers in the adjacent rows.

    This creates the distinctive herringbone visual effect of zigzagging joint lines resembling a fishbone. The pavers locking together in this method provide stability and prevent shifting.

    Laying a 90-degree herringbone pattern is most easily accomplished by working outward in rows from a straight edge or border. Starting from a squared corner next to an edging border provides a guide to keep the perpendicular angles consistent.

    If laying a herringbone pattern in an open area without border edges, temporary wood stakes and string lines can be used to delineate straight perimeter edges to work from.

    Keeping the first row of pavers precisely aligned and spaced ensures the perpendicular angles propagate accurately as subsequent rows are laid. This establishes the clean, consistent geometrical arrangement that makes the 90-degree herringbone pattern so appealing for driveways and paths requiring a stable, interlocking paver configuration.

    Herringbone pattern

    45-Degree Herringbone

    The 45-degree herringbone pattern uses angled pavers to create a zigzag appearance. In this style, the pavers are laid in an interlocking herringbone arrangement but oriented at a 45-degree angle to adjacent rows rather than 90 degrees.

    This produces a sharper, more dramatic zigzag effect than the 90-degree pattern. However, the angled positioning requires very precise measuring and spacing to achieve accurate 45-degree joints throughout.

    45 degree herringbone pattern

    Creative Patterns

    Unique patterns like basketweave add creativity through alternating vertical and horizontal brick placement. Varying the color between bricks can further enhance basketweave and similar designs. However, shifting can still occur without proper edging, so creative patterns are generally better suited to patios.

    Choosing Block Paving Patterns

    The optimal patio or paving paving pattern depends on the intended use, desired aesthetic, and need for stability. Contemporary stack bond or classic herringbone patterns suit most driveway applications. More creative basketweave and color variations are better reserved for patios. Consulting a knowledgeable paving contractor helps ensure selecting the best block paving pattern for any particular project.

    How much does block paving cost?

    The average cost for block paving is around £100 per m2 when professionally installed. For a typical 50m2 driveway or patio the cost would be £5,000-£6,000 total. The paver units themselves range from £30-£60 per m2 depending on quality and style, coming out to £1,500-£3,000 for materials for a 50m2 area. Additional costs for excavation, a mot type 1 sub-base, bedding sand and labor will be £2,500-£4,500 on top. Overall, block paving prices fall anywhere from £90-£130 per m2 fully installed.

    What is the best pattern for block paving?

    Herringbone is the best pattern for block-paving driveways. The interlocking design prevents shifting even with vehicles braking and turning. Herringbone provides stability while allowing creative 45 or 90 degree layouts.

    What is the easiest paving pattern?

    Stretcher bond is the easiest block paving pattern. It requires little cutting or wastage. The offset rows mimic classic brickwork for a timeless look. Stretcher bond can also disguise small inconsistencies.

    What is the strongest paving pattern?

    Herringbone is the strongest paving pattern. Each paver interlocks with surrounding units, preventing movement. This creates a stable surface that can withstand heavy foot traffic.

    How much sand do I need per square meter for block paving?

    The average amount of sand you need per m2 is 3.3kg for 50mm block paving, 4.5kg per m2 for 60mm block paving, and 5.7kg per m2 80mm block paving.

    To learn more about sand and cement ratios, visit this url

    How to create fall on block paving?

    To create an effective fall or drainage slope on block paving, the base and bedding sand need to be excavated and angled to slope. Aim for at least 1:60 or steeper.  Lay pavers starting at the lowest end, adjusting bed thickness to maintain the slope orientation. Use string lines as guides. Tamp pavers frequently and ensure final rows meet edging height. Proper drainage slope prevents water pooling on the blocks. An experienced paving contractor can achieve the necessary fall across the paving area for adequate runoff.

    Is patterned concrete cheaper than block paving?

    Patterned concrete is generally cheaper upfront than block paving. Blocks cost more as individual units versus poured concrete. However, block paving has greater long-term durability and easier repair. This closed cost gap should be considered.

     

      • Block and paver types
      • Construction methods
      • Selecting blocks
      • Patterns

     

    Block paving has grown popular in Britain and Ireland over 40 years. Manufacturing advances made blocks affordable. Blocks now cost little more than plain flagstones for driveways.

    Blocks suit any application. Driveways, paths, patios, mixed designs, and more. Blocks are an attractive alternative to asphalt or concrete for roads. Blocks work even in high-load areas like airports, docks, and freight yards. The small units enable creative designs.

     

    Key block paving benefits:

     

      • Affordable compared to other paving
      • Attractive and creative aesthetic
      • Durable and long-lasting
      • Suitable for any application
      • Customizable sizing, shape, colour

    [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

    Concrete Blocks

    Concrete blocks, also known as CBPs (Concrete Block Pavers), are available in a range of thicknesses from 40mm up to 100mm. For residential use, 50mm or 60mm thick blocks are most common. 80mm blocks are used for roads or areas with regular vehicle traffic, while 100mm blocks are for heavy-duty industrial settings like ports. The standard shape is rectangular, but many other shapes are also produced. A typical size is 100mm x 200mm which provides coverage of around 50 blocks per square meter. Color is added using concrete dyes during manufacturing, but fading can occur over time. Concrete blocks are made either by a “through-color” method or a “face-mix” method.

    Clay Pavers

    Clay pavers are made from clay and fired in high-heat kilns. They are typically sized around 100mm x 200mm. Clay pavers showcase the natural colors of the clay, providing a wide range of hues with minimal fading. The clay runs all the way through the paver. Clay pavers are generally harder to cut than concrete. They provide better traction for foot traffic when wet but can promote moss and algae growth more than concrete.

    Both concrete and clay produce quality paving units, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The right material depends on factors like cost, aesthetics, and performance needed for the specific project.

    Block Paving Comparison
    Feature/Type Concrete Block Paving (CBP) Clay Brick Paving
    Manufacturing Process Moulded Kiln-fired
    Thickness Range 40mm to 100mm (120mm for special applications) Typically around 60mm
    Durability Suitable for road construction, regular vehicle overrun, heavy-duty pavements Suitable for domestic use, patios, paths
    Appearance Variety of shapes, sizes, colors, textures Natural color, not subject to fading
    Cost Varies; often cheaper than clay bricks Typically more expensive than concrete blocks
    Maintenance Prone to weed growth in joints Less algal build-up on trafficked areas
    Coloring Method Concrete dyes; might fade Natural color; no chemical dye
    Manufacturing Techniques Through-color and face-mix Through-color only; solid clay
    Usability Used in areas of exceptional loads Not for high-load areas like freight yards

    How many block paving per m2?

    The standard size for most rectangular concrete block pavers is 100mm x 200mm. When laid with tight joints, this block size means on average, there are 50 blocks per m2. The consistent 50 blocks per m2 coverage rate allows easy calculation of quantities needed based on the total paved surface area. It also enables potential interchangeability between different brands of block pavers with the same dimensions. This standardized sizing is a key benefit of block paving compared to other materials. Knowing the standard coverage rate simplifies planning and purchasing for any block paving project.

     

    How much does block paving cost?

    The average cost for block paving is between £80-£120 per m2, including all labor and materials. Basic concrete blocks fall at the lower end while specialized blocks and clay pavers are more expensive.

    Total cost depends on the size of the area, design complexity, and preparation work needed.

    For a small single car driveway (11.5m2) expect £920-£1,380. A larger two car drive (25m2) ranges from £2,000-£3,000. Average driveways (50m2) cost £4,000-£6,000.

    Large driveways (100m2) range from £8,000-£12,000. These are approximate guides only. Obtain contractor quotes for accurate pricing for your specific project. Many factors affect final block paving costs.

    Block Paving Patterns

    Stretcher Bond Pattern

    Stretcher and stack bonds create patterns by laying bricks in repeating rows. Stretcher bond offsets rows by half a brick length in a “running bond.” This allows close brick planning. Stack bond vertically aligns bricks for very uniform lines. Both patterns may shift over time without sufficient edging. Simple row patterns are best suited for patios.

    stretcher bond paving pattern

    Herringbone Patterns

    Herringbone interlocks L-shaped bricks to resist shifting. The chevron design creates visual interest. A 90-degree herringbone is easiest to lay, with bricks placed perpendicular to edges. 45-degree herringbone requires meticulous measuring for precise angles. The interlocking nature provides unmatched stability for driveways.

    90 Degree Herringbone Pattern

     

    The 90-degree herringbone pattern is a classic herringbone style that uses right angles. In this pattern, the rectangular pavers are placed in an interlocking arrangement with each paver oriented perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the pavers in the adjacent rows.

    This creates the distinctive herringbone visual effect of zigzagging joint lines resembling a fishbone. The pavers locking together in this method provide stability and prevent shifting.

    Laying a 90-degree herringbone pattern is most easily accomplished by working outward in rows from a straight edge or border. Starting from a squared corner next to an edging border provides a guide to keep the perpendicular angles consistent.

    If laying a herringbone pattern in an open area without border edges, temporary wood stakes and string lines can be used to delineate straight perimeter edges to work from.

    Keeping the first row of pavers precisely aligned and spaced ensures the perpendicular angles propagate accurately as subsequent rows are laid. This establishes the clean, consistent geometrical arrangement that makes the 90-degree herringbone pattern so appealing for driveways and paths requiring a stable, interlocking paver configuration.

    Herringbone pattern

    45-Degree Herringbone

    The 45-degree herringbone pattern uses angled pavers to create a zigzag appearance. In this style, the pavers are laid in an interlocking herringbone arrangement but oriented at a 45-degree angle to adjacent rows rather than 90 degrees.

    This produces a sharper, more dramatic zigzag effect than the 90-degree pattern. However, the angled positioning requires very precise measuring and spacing to achieve accurate 45-degree joints throughout.

    45 degree herringbone pattern

    Creative Patterns

    Unique patterns like basketweave add creativity through alternating vertical and horizontal brick placement. Varying the color between bricks can further enhance basketweave and similar designs. However, shifting can still occur without proper edging, so creative patterns are generally better suited to patios.

    Choosing Block Paving Patterns

    The optimal patio or paving paving pattern depends on the intended use, desired aesthetic, and need for stability. Contemporary stack bond or classic herringbone patterns suit most driveway applications. More creative basketweave and color variations are better reserved for patios. Consulting a knowledgeable paving contractor helps ensure selecting the best block paving pattern for any particular project.

    How much does block paving cost?

    The average cost for block paving is around £100 per m2 when professionally installed. For a typical 50m2 driveway or patio the cost would be £5,000-£6,000 total. The paver units themselves range from £30-£60 per m2 depending on quality and style, coming out to £1,500-£3,000 for materials for a 50m2 area. Additional costs for excavation, a mot type 1 sub-base, bedding sand and labor will be £2,500-£4,500 on top. Overall, block paving prices fall anywhere from £90-£130 per m2 fully installed.

    What is the best pattern for block paving?

    Herringbone is the best pattern for block-paving driveways. The interlocking design prevents shifting even with vehicles braking and turning. Herringbone provides stability while allowing creative 45 or 90 degree layouts.

    What is the easiest paving pattern?

    Stretcher bond is the easiest block paving pattern. It requires little cutting or wastage. The offset rows mimic classic brickwork for a timeless look. Stretcher bond can also disguise small inconsistencies.

    What is the strongest paving pattern?

    Herringbone is the strongest paving pattern. Each paver interlocks with surrounding units, preventing movement. This creates a stable surface that can withstand heavy foot traffic.

    How much sand do I need per square meter for block paving?

    The average amount of sand you need per m2 is 3.3kg for 50mm block paving, 4.5kg per m2 for 60mm block paving, and 5.7kg per m2 80mm block paving.

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    How to create fall on block paving?

    To create an effective fall or drainage slope on block paving, the base and bedding sand need to be excavated and angled to slope. Aim for at least 1:60 or steeper.  Lay pavers starting at the lowest end, adjusting bed thickness to maintain the slope orientation. Use string lines as guides. Tamp pavers frequently and ensure final rows meet edging height. Proper drainage slope prevents water pooling on the blocks. An experienced paving contractor can achieve the necessary fall across the paving area for adequate runoff.

    Is patterned concrete cheaper than block paving?

    Patterned concrete is generally cheaper upfront than block paving. Blocks cost more as individual units versus poured concrete. However, block paving has greater long-term durability and easier repair. This closed cost gap should be considered.

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