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FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)
Frequently Asked Questions

Browse some frequently asked questions below, or get in touch to speak to one of our friendly experts. We’re more than happy to offer advice over the phone or put together a personalised quote.

Driveway Care & Maintenance
How do I clean my block paving driveway?

To clean a block paving driveway, start by removing debris with a broom. Use a pressure washer on low settings to prevent damage and remove dirt. You can also use a mild detergent and scrub with a stiff brush for tougher stains. Regular sweeping and weed maintenance are recommended to keep your driveway looking its best.

Does a block paved driveway add value in the UK?

Yes, a well-maintained block paved driveway can add significant value to your property in the UK. A professionally installed and aesthetically pleasing driveway enhances curb appeal and provides practical off-road parking, which can be attractive to potential buyers.

Can I paint my tarmac driveway?

Painting a tarmac driveway is possible, but it’s essential to use special tarmac paint that is fit for purpose and is best undertaken by a professional. Proper surface cleaning, preparation, and application are crucial for a successful result.

Can you jet wash a tarmac driveway?

Yes, you can jet wash a tarmac driveway, but use a low-pressure setting to avoid damaging the surface. Be cautious around edges and joints. Regular jet washing can help maintain the appearance of your tarmac driveway.

Do you need planning permission for a tarmac driveway?

Generally, you don’t need planning permission for a tarmac driveway as long as it’s a private driveway and not for commercial use. However, it’s recommended to check with your local authority for specific regulations.

How do I remove moss from a tarmac driveway?

To remove moss from a tarmac driveway, you can use a moss and algae remover or chlorine treatment. Scrub gently with a brush, and rinse thoroughly. Preventing moss growth with regular cleaning and maintenance is also recommended.

How long do tarmac driveways last?

With proper installation and maintenance, tarmac driveways can last around 15 to 20 years. Regular sealing and addressing cracks can extend their lifespan.

How much does it cost for a tarmac driveway?

The cost of a tarmac driveway depends on factors like size, location, and any additional features. Generally, tarmac driveways are cost-effective compared to resin and block paving. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for a free custom quote in writing.

How thick is tarmac on a driveway?

Tarmac on driveways is usually applied with a total thickness of around 25-50mm, depending on the specific requirements.

How to clean oil off a tarmac driveway?

Oil stains can be very difficult to remove, so prevention is always better than a cure. It’s unlikely you will be able to get rid of the stain completely, but in case of accidents, we recommend absorbing excess oil with cat litter or sawdust, then scrubbing the stain with a mixture of detergent and hot water. Rinse thoroughly. Commercial oil stain removers can also be effective. Stained block paving will likely need replacing as they tend to absorb oil quickly.

Block Paving & Landscaping
Can resin driveways be laid on block paving?

No, this is not recommended. Resin driveways can only be laid on top of a solid surface with no risk of movement, such as concrete or tarmac.

Do you need planning permission for a block paving driveway?

In most cases, planning permission is not required for a standard block paving driveway in the UK. However, if your property is listed or located in a conservation area, there might be restrictions.

Should I seal my block paved driveway?

Sealing a block paved driveway can enhance its longevity and appearance and may help prevent weed growth and protect against stains. It’s a recommended maintenance step.

How to maintain a block paving driveway?

Regularly sweep to prevent debris buildup, keep weeds in check, and re-sand the joints when necessary. Professional cleaning and resealing every few years can help maintain its appearance.

Garden Landscaping
How much does garden landscaping cost?

The cost of garden landscaping varies widely based on factors such as the size of the garden, design complexity, materials used, and desired features. Our experienced professionals can provide a more accurate estimate after a free consultation. Simply get in touch to set yours up today.

Does landscaping a garden add value?

Yes, a well-designed and maintained landscaped garden can add value to your property. A beautiful outdoor space enhances curb appeal and provides an inviting environment.

What is the difference between landscaping and garden design?

Landscaping encompasses the overall planning, construction, and maintenance of outdoor spaces, including hardscape features. Garden design usually focuses specifically on the arrangement of plants, flowers, and other green elements.

How do hard landscaping features contribute to garden design?

Hard landscaping features such as paths, patios, walls, and water features provide structure and functionality to garden design. They complement the softscape elements and contribute to the overall aesthetic.

Will landscaping work upset my neighbours?

It’s considerate to inform your neighbours about any significant landscaping work due to noise, dust, and temporary disruptions. Open communication can help minimise potential concerns. We work quickly and efficiently to minimise disruption, especially when it comes to replacing fences and other landscaping related to shared boundaries.

Do I need to do anything to help the landscaping project run smoothly?

Clear access to the work area, discussing your preferences clearly with the landscaper, and understanding the project timeline can contribute to a smoother process.

Can I have just part of my garden landscaped?

Absolutely. You can choose to landscape specific areas of your garden based on your needs and preferences.

Do I need planning permission for landscaping works?

Planning permission is generally not required for typical landscaping works. However, if you’re considering significant changes, it’s wise to check with local authorities to ensure compliance with regulations.

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