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The personalised service provided by Springvale Driveways Ltd extends to answering the questions of Gravesend homeowners, especially those who have important queries concerning patio and driveway installations. This page answers questions about our company, approval for a dropped kerb and, perhaps, the most important of all:
SHOULD I CHOOSE A BLOCK PAVING DRIVEWAY, A CONCRETE DRIVEWAY OR A TARMAC DRIVEWAY?
Let’s answer this one first and go into some detail a little later. The choice between a block paving driveway, a concrete driveway or a tarmac driveway comes down to three things; The budget available to Gravesend homeowners, the decorative style they want to achieve and the impact they want to have on their kerb appeal and property value.
CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE MORE ABOUT BLOCK PAVING?
Certainly! We consider a block paving driveway to be our high-specification choice and this is reflected in the price, the finish and the standard of the installation. Block paving, with or without a dropped kerb, is supplied in blocks manufactured in different types of stone. A range of different sizes, colours and finishes are available to provide full design flexibility.
ARE THERE ANY MAJOR BENEFITS ASSOCIATED WITH BLOCK PAVING?
Yes. The biggest benefit to having a block paving patio or driveway installed is not having to uplift the entire service if an individual block at your Gravesend property needs replacing, or if work needs to be undertaken on underground utility apparatus. Each block can be lifted individually and, if there is no damage cause during the uplift, it can still be laid again.
YOU MENTIONED A DROPPED KERB. WHAT IS A DROPPED KERB?
When a driveway is built, a section of the edge between a home and the road running alongside it must be lowered to allow vehicles to move between the property and the highway. This is called a dropped kerb. To have a dropped kerb installed for your new driveway, you will need approval from the local authority for Gravesend. Our company will liaise with Gravesend Borough Council for planning permission.
WHEN WOULD A CONCRETE DRIVEWAY BE THE BEST CHOICE?
The installation of a concrete driveway with a dropped kerb for vehicle crossing would be most suitable for those with an intermediate budget but an eye for colour and detail. Colour is produced through a dye added to freshly-poured concrete which is then stamped with a textured rubber mat to create the effect of stone, slate, tile, cobbles or timber. This type of installation is known as a pattern imprinted concrete driveway and it gives Gravesend homeowners the impressive design excellence of block paving at a price which is not only affordable, but also competitive in comparison to most other materials.
WOULD A TARMAC DRIVEWAY BE AN INFERIOR CHOICE FOR MY PROPERTY?
No, not at all. A tarmac driveway from Springvale will still be a high-end installation but it will be achieved on a more modest budget. Customers in the Gravesend area with a little less to spend will be able to have a tarmac driveway laid, complete with a concrete base and a dropped kerb, with an estimated life expectancy of around 20 years. Because our company insists on the use of stone mastic asphalt, a tarmac driveway from Springvale will outlive most other types of tarmacadam surfacing.