DRIVEWAYSUSE THE RIGHT PRODUCT TO MATCH THE CHARACTER OF YOUR HOME
Our expert team can help you design and choose the right product for your property and your budget. All of our driveway installations come with the Greenscape Gardens Ltd 10-year workmanship guarantee, so whether you require a Resin bound driveway, a block paved finish, or a bespoke cobbled sett drive, you can be rest assured that Greenscape Gardens can assist with the project.
SUDS COMPLIANCEENVIRONMENTAL CARE
If you are thinking about a new driveway, it is a must to remember SUDS. As of 1stOctober 2008, permission is now required for all installations of all impermeable surfaces in front gardens that exceed 5m2, where surface water flows onto public highways. These regulations affect any new resurfacing or driveway extensions. Why? Flooding and drainage have become an increasing environmental issue and to help resolve the problem, the new regulations ensure that new domestic surface water is diverted naturally to the land, either via a soakaway system or a permeable driveway.
All of our driveway’s installations are SUDS compliant and unless otherwise advised, will not require planning permission.
There are many options for surfacing a new driveway. Whether it is block paving, permeable block paving, paving stones, a resin bound driveway, cobbled setts or a gravel driveway, our team have an extensive knowledge on all driveway materials and can assist in choosing the right product for your home.
Prep, prep, prep!
Although the finished surface is what you ultimately see and remember, the most important aspects of a driveway are underneath the ground!
It is essential that a driveway is excavated to the correct depth.
The most common driveway is a block paved driveway, which should be excavated to at least 250mm (although we always dig a little more) Footings should then be dug around the perimeter of the driveway, deeper than the initial excavation, which will be filled with concrete and then edging will be laid upon. This is to ensure that the perimeter footings ‘key into’ the ground and hold all of the internal sub base and stop lateral movement. A membrane is then laid on the excavated driveway. This will stop the mixture of the sub base and the sub soil. The sub base, which is normally either MOT type 1 or Scalpings. will then be added to a depth of at least 150mm, and compacted in layers. Finally the blocks.. These are laid on a 35mm compacted bed of coarse sand.. It is important that the blocks aren’t laid on too much sand, as coarse sand has an optimum compaction depth of just under 40mm. The blocks are then laid according to the manufacturers specifications. Finally, kiln dried sand is applied and swept between the blocks and the driveway is compacted.
RESIN BOUND DRIVEWAYS
Over recent years, resin bound surfaces have become the fastest growing driveway choice.
A resin bound driveway is a great choice for a driveway, because it can compliment any age of home, whether traditional or contemporary. There is a huge choice of aggregate colours and sizes, so you can be sure you have a unique driveway. Resin bound driveways are also permeable, which means that with the correct sub base, there would be no requirement for a soakaway.
You can customise your driveway with detailed edging around the perimeter, or even within the driveway itself, creating bespoke shapes and designs.
Greenscape Gardens Ltd are fully qualified in resin bound surfaces and have been installing these for many years. Feel free to ask to see our portfolio of works.