New driveways – what you should know!

Important Things To Know about installing a New Driveway


Permeable paving must be laid over an open-graded sub-base. This simply means using a material which has allows water to pass through it easily. Sand won't be suitable therefore.

Impermeable materials will need to be laid with a gradient, usually between 1:60 -1:80 depending on the material. The gradient is not as important with permeable materials because they allow water to drain through anyway.

Edge Coursing - Important on most types of driveway but especially on paved driveways to prevent the slabs/stones from spreading. Edging will have to be bed using concrete, with a haunch on the outside edge to add extra support. This will have to be done at the sub-base layer.

Dropping The Kerb - If you are installing a driveway you'll very likely need to have the kerb dropped if it's not already done. This must be done through your local council because you're not only changing the pavement, you're acquiring permission to cross it with a vehicle. Most councils charge an initial inspection fee to check your property is suitable for a dropped kerb. You'll then need a contractor to do the work for you, some councils provide this service whilst others allow you to find your own, if is the case then you'll probably be able to find someone who'll do it cheaper than the council so get a number of quotes.

Rainwater Harvesting Systems - If you are installing a driveway you'll very likely need to have the kerb dropped if it's not already done. This must be done through your local council because you're not only changing the pavement, you're acquiring permission to cross it with a vehicle. Most councils charge an initial inspection fee to check your property is suitable for a dropped kerb. You'll then need a contractor to do the work for you, some councils provide this service whilst others allow you to find your own, if is the case then you'll probably be able to find someone who'll do it cheaper than the council so get a number of quotes.

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