Planning a driveway or patio

Investing in a new Driveway or Patio is a hefty investment and should be treated as such. When choosing which surface to install at your property, you should consider carefully which will offer you longevety and value for money as well as aesthetically improving the appearance of your home. It is important to remember that the surface you choose, will be used by you and your family for the next 15 to 20 years.

Bearing the above in mind, you should also be aware that there are no short cuts to building a reliable driveway. The existing area should be excavated and a quality sub base installed with preferably the use of a geo textile membrane to help structurally support the class 1 mot that should be used as hardcore. Then you can add your choice of surface. We always stress that you should be very wary of the "cowboys" in the market, unfortunatley, they do exist and can cause massive potential problems if let loose on your property. As an example we have known it where these "idiots" for want of a better word, have come along and layed a tarmac surface on top of flags, that are wobbly and cracked. The surface level then breached the Damp course level which then lead on to damp problems in the house. To top it all off, you may have already guest, the tarmac began to crumble within a couple of months. You should also be aware that these "cowboys" dissapeared into the sunrise and where long gone with the money. Un-suprisingly, The homeowner never saw them again.

The building industry is full of tales as described prior, but there are also "cowboy operators" and "con-men" in other industsries, our recommendations is you always ask for a written quotation (not estimate), choose a quote that offers you the best value for money, taking into account not only the price, but also the reputation for quality and reliability, and also if possible visit one of the contractors projects to sample the work quality.

Please remember planning a new driveway or patio does'nt have to become hardwork, if you choose the right company many of the head-aches can be taken care of for you.