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    Hi all,

    I'm looking at getting a new driveway done for the house this summer.

    My existing driveway is still ok, but its sunk in the middle a little and now collects water when washing the car, which is a nuisance more than anything.

    What type of driveway should I be looking at? Which is the best?

    The only criteria is that it looks nice and I can use my trolley jack on it without wrecking it.

    I'm looking at two options at the moment

    1) Printed Concreate
    2) Block Paving

    Any others I should consider?

    Cheers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoons View Post
    Any others I should consider?
    Or avoid !

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    don`t let the walsall pikeys touch it lol

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    Block paving looks the best imo as long as you look after it, theres nothing worse than seeing ones that are turning green, A good bleaching now and then and a going over with with the pressure washer, and it should still look good in 20 yrs and more

    My other car. 1972 1641cc slammed beetle. On the road finally!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRimonkey View Post
    don`t let the walsall pikeys touch it lol
    lol..

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbon7000 View Post
    Block paving looks the best imo as long as you look after it, theres nothing worse than seeing ones that are turning green, A good bleaching now and then and a going over with with the pressure washer, and it should still look good in 20 yrs and more
    Thats my only concern with block paving, the maintenance of it all.. and the weeds...

    Concrete doesnt have the weeds problem, but then you have to laquer it every year I think?

    My sister reckons block paving is more environmentally friendly as it allows the water to drain away

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    iv just walked home from town as my car is in bodyshop getin some work done and whilst walkin home was lookin at peoples drives and the printed concrete is nice with the different prints/colours they can do havent got this myself yet but will be geting it once funds are availble

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    Quote Originally Posted by leonvectrac View Post
    iv just walked home from town as my car is in bodyshop getin some work done and whilst walkin home was lookin at peoples drives and the printed concrete is nice with the different prints/colours they can do havent got this myself yet but will be geting it once funds are availble
    Agreed.

    I'm quite fortunate as two of my neighbours opposite had their driveways done two years ago exactly the same time.

    One had block paving

    The other had Concrete Print

    Its been interesting to see how the two driveways have weathered in that time.

    The Block Paving now looks 'washed out' and not as deep coloured as originally done. Also has weeds poking through, and neighbour complained that the weed killer stained his driveway white.. which it has in parts

    The Concrete Print still looks good, no real cracks, no weeds at all, but the laquer has worn right down where their car goes.. worn down to the concrete and lost its colour. Also neighbour complained its really very slippery in winter and has fallen over twice !

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    printed concrete for me as no matter how well block paving is layed you will always end up with tram lines (where it sinks) from your motor going over the same bits day after day.

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    Don't some councils now insist that you use porous blocks to allow drainage? That's so they can blame any flooding on the wrong sort of paving rather than their refusal to dredge the rivers........

    Phil

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