Are you looking for block paving companies and contractors?

When you are having your drive or patio installed, you need to find local block paving companies that can carry out your required work.

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How do you find the best driveway companies in your area?

You can ask your friends and colleagues who they used. You can also use the search engines like Google for your enquiry.

Do you know what to search for?

Here are some suggestions of search terms you can put into Google to find companies, contractors or installers.

local block paving

local driveway contractors

driveway installers near me

local paving companies

block paving company names

best driveway companies

driveways reviews

driveway specialists near me

This will bring up a lot of results for you to choose from. You will still have the dilemma of who you are going with.

You need to contact at least three block paving companies or installers for quotes on your specific project.

Ask them some of the following questions:

How long they have been in business?

How long have they been laying block paving?

Have they got jobs close by they have completed, that you can look at?

What is their specification for laying the blocks?

How deep are they going to excavate out from finished depth?

What will they use underneath the paving blocks?

What depth will the subbase be?

Will the price include taking the waste materials away?

How long will it take to complete your block paving job?

What is the starting date?

Asking these questions should elevate most problems you could have by not asking them.

Please don’t let just the price determine who you choose but go with a price that is somewhere in the middle if possible. Choose the block paving company that have answered your questions and you feel most comfortable with.

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Block Paving Contractors

Are you looking for good block paving contractors in your area but not sure who you should go with? We will cover 10 tips, that you should look out for, to get the right block paving installer for you.

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1 – Make sure you find someone that has a website, so that you can research the “about us” section. This should tell you how long they have been established and contact details.

2 – Always go with a paving contractor that has a landline number as well as a mobile number. This then makes sure you have a property associated with the landline.

3- Check out testimonials from previous clients that can be verified.

4 – When they come out to see you, get them to explain exactly what they are going to do, so you don’t get any extras put on the agreed price unless of course, some unforeseen circumstances raise their ugly head.

5 – Make sure they measure the area properly and not just step it out.

6 – When they are explaining what they are going to do and there is a part you don’t understand, stop them and get them to explain so you know what they are on about.

7 – Ask if they have other jobs in the area that you can look at and not just recent one but ones that have been done for some time.

8 – If possible, get block paving contractors that have been recommended to you by friends.

9 – Always get at least 3 quotations for the block paving.

10 – Don’t go for the cheapest quote or the most expensive one.

If you follow these 10 tips you should end up with the correct Block Paving Contractors for your job.

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Raj Green Paving for a Courtyard

I turned into the drive of an old, substantially large mansion house in Lawford. I was there to give a quotation to the Lady of the house that I had just gotten off the phone from. Mrs Clarkson had requested a quote as soon as possible. As I was within a few hundred metres of the house I agreed to come straight round.

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I know you might be thinking “so, what’s unusual about that”.  Nothing apart from the vehicle I was in. The vehicle I was driving was one of our trucks, that when going to do a quotation isn’t the best of vehicles to turn up in. Saying that, at least the customer knew I get involved in doing the work as well. Not just doing the managerial work alone.

I rung the door bell and introduced myself to Mrs Clarkson. The client took me round to the back of the house to show me the existing courtyard. We then discussed some ideas and designs but Mrs Clarkson was in favour of a more modern finish as one of her friends had suggested. Now I will usually let the client have what they would like. On this occasion I knew this would absolutely spoil this grand old stately house.

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What I suggested was to use Indian sandstone paving in Raj Green. Now you are thinking “green!! is this man out of his mind.”  Calm down and let me explain in case you don’t know.  Believe it or not, Raj Green paving is not green. It is a collection of light and dark yellow sand, grey to browns of every shade and includs some very mellow earthy pinks!

This I knew from my vast experience would absolutely complement this wonderful old mansion and make it look like it had been there for years.

Mrs Clarkson decided she would like to have a quote on this option as I said I would rather walk away from doing this job than putting down something that I knew would not go with the fantastic building and spoil the idyllic setting. Yes you heard that right, the end result is more important to us than the money.

We submitted the quote and within a day we had a phone call to say it had been accepted and when could we start.

Preparing the patio and paths in Raj Green paving

This project was started three weeks later in November. The first thing we had to do was mark out the new paving area. The existing site of the old concrete and shingle areas were then cleared.

Once this was done we found really wet and soft clay underneath. We had to excavate deeper so we could stabilise the area. We then brought in type one crushed concrete and spread it over the surface. Unfortunately, before we had a chance to compact this, the heavens opened up. It then continued pouring for the rest of the day and most of the next.

When we went back we just could not do anything due to water standing everywhere. We had to pull off site for a week to allow the area to dry out, I didn’t have to explain to the client as she could see the problem for herself.

Once we were back we compacted the area down and made sure that all the falls were correct, so once the paving was laid any surface water would run into existing surface water drains and onto lawn areas.

Patio and paths in Raj Green paving

We started to lay the raj green paving in a truly random pattern as we had five different sizes of paving to allow us to achieve this. The paving was laid on a 2 inch (50mm) bed of semi dry screed mix with 0.5 inch (13mm) to a 1 inch (25mm) gap between the paving slabs to allow for a mortar joint to lock the paving into position.

Just while I am thinking of this did you know there is a right and wrong way to lay these paving slabs? I know these are called Raj Green but don’t say “green side up”. On this paving all the edges are tapered and what a lot of people do, including so called experienced paving contractors, is to lay the paving upside down so the widest part of the slab is at the bottom so forming an upside down pyramid for the joint instead of a pyramid the correct way up to lock the mortar mix in the joint. Why some people will do this incorrectly is because the jointing can be done quicker, but it will not last!

The jointing mix we use is the same screed mix we are laying the paving on but add more cement and admix. The cement makes it stronger while the admix – also known as plasticiser, is a liquid that allows the mortar to be pliable without it being runny as you are not putting the water content in. This allows you to put the concrete mix in the joints and over the paving without the worry of staining the paving when ironing in the joints with a tool that is called a jointing iron.

The finished job complete with new lawn area

We then prepared the new lawn areas by rotovation, levelling and removing any large stones. The grass turves were then laid leaving a striped pattern. To achieve this, all we did was to lay one row of the turves left to right. The next row was laid right to left from where we finished the previous row from and so on.

 

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As you can see from the pictures this Indian Raj Green paving just blends itself perfectly. The great thing about it is it looks like it has been there since this wonderful Georgian Mansion was built.

 


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The client was over the moon with the end result and was so glad that I insisted on this paving.

 
 

Raj Green Indian Sandstone

 
 

The Clients comments

I did ask Mrs Clarkson what the other quotes were so I could compare our price against the other contractors. Surprisingly, her reply was, “I did not get any more quotations once I had spoken to you. You advised me on what you knew would suit the property. If the product I chose wasn’t suitable,you told me you were prepared to walk away. This alone, absolutely astonished me. You certainly don’t get that happen nowadays.

The other thing was you didn’t turn up in a big fancy BMW wearing a suit. I am so glad I went with my instinct as what you have achieved is so wonderful. The summer just can’t come soon enough so I can really enjoy this space. I am already talking to my gardeners. We are planning where we are putting pots and what plants we are going to have”.

Another paving job carried out successfully using Raj Green paving. With the end result of having another very happy customer that we can now add to our portfolio.

We have been the only approved contractor for many of our clients ranging between 5 and 20 years plus. Not bad for a landscape company to brag about in today’s climate, hey!!

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What is the secret formula to our success in our commercial landscape maintenance?

 

We put our success into working with companies down to being an ‘old school’ family run business that still prides itself with customer satisfaction.

 

When we go out on site to meet the clients we are always on time if not a couple of minutes early, but not to early. If we are going to be late because we have been held up by maybe traffic or roadworks, even if it is only five minutes we always ring the client to let them know. There is nothing worse than having people turn up late, we know as this is one of our biggest bug bearers.

 

When you meet the client make sure you confirm their name and yours.

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So it would be something like “John Doe? Hi I am Ted Wosko A-Z Landscapes & Contract Services Ltd, nice to meet you” this is done to start making a connection between yourselves.

 

Once the conversation starts about the project, just listen to what the client is telling you and do not interrupt. If it is several different areas or types work then before you move on to the next one, that is the time to talk, confirming that you know what the client needs and expectations are.

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If at this point you have suggestions because you can see a better or alternative way of doing things this is the time to speak up. Saying something like “Is there any particular reason you would like it carried out like this or may we make a suggestion that we think would be a lot easier and you would end up with a better finished product”

 

Why are we doing this? Some people (and we have dealt with some but not many) do not intend to listen to what you have to say. By saying “May”, you are asking them for their permission to allow you to make suggestions.

 

By doing this we have never been refused the chance to make those suggestions, also you make more of a connection and build trust with that person. When you start making your suggestion you should say “in my experience I would do it like this”. You are confirming to the client that you are the expert and that is why you are there to help them.

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It’s Funny because my very first meeting with Grayson Palmer from Duncan Clark and Beckett nearly resulted with me walking away from this prospective project. He was almost rude and when I did try to speak I was cut short but I thought ‘bite your tongue’.

 

At the end Grayson turned round and said “you have made some good, sound suggestions, I am not used to people I deal with making suggestions, usually they follow my directions. What you have said has made complete sense so before you quote for this work can we go over your ideas and suggestions and I would then like you to quote on all the ones that we agree on”.

 

This took me by surprise, but as you will read we were very successful with our quotation and this lead to us being awarded this very large project. It also led to Grayson and myself becoming very good friends and both respecting each other for our own particular knowledge.

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We also carried out phase two of this project and one other as a nominated subcontractor, this was only because we do not generally do door and threshold alterations. Although I ended up making and helping the carpenter to do these alterations as he had not come up against wheelchair friendly thresholds before. In hindsight I think we would have been better off being the main contractor and getting our own subcontract carpenter.

 

As you have just read, we work well with companies and clients by listening and making suggestions and this is backed up by the amount of testimonials we have from our clients. Go check them out for yourself if you haven’t already by clicking

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Coloured Patterned Imprinted Concrete Driveway

When the clients asked us to submit a quote for this patterned imprinted concrete drive, it was very straight forward, as everything was worked out so it was just a matter of counting the metres and submitting the price.

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Once again we won the battle to carry out the work, and by no means do we or ever have submitted quotations at a low price just to get the work.

We are a well established family run company that offers top rated work at a fair price. We work under the principal of old school “you receive what you pay for” and nothing less. In these modern times we see this less and less from other companies as they are after the quick pound and the standard of work does not come into it. We think this is the reason workmanship has slipped and people do not take pride in their work anymore.

This is one of the reasons we do not carry out site work on new build estates, as with a building if the foundations are not sound it is not stable, the same goes for landscaping, much of the work is below ground  – sub level – out of sight, but is the cornerstone of the project.

The first thing we did was to mark and excavate out the area for the new drive. We took the depth down to 8 inches “200mm” from finished level. The form work was set up to the required shape. This area was then compacted down followed by 4 inches “100mm” of type one material and compacted down again.

The drive was laid a section at a time using a 10mm summer cobble mix with fibre mesh. The concrete was poured and levelled with the finished surface left as a trowel finish. Coloured surface hardening topping was applied and trowelled into the surface.

The area was covered in plastic and pegged down on the edges. The edges had a double cobble edging stamped into the concrete using the G tool. The rest of the area had a cobble pattern stamped into the surface using the cobble moulds. Expansion joints were cut into the drive every 13 feet “4 metres” using a bolster chisel and club hammer. Once the concrete had dried efficiently the plastic was stripped off with the surface finished off with a soft brush and trowel with any slight modifications rectified using cobble patterned hand tools.

The rest of the area was completed using this process. Once the concrete was completely dry the form work was stripped back and removed. The new drive area was swept clean before 2 coats of patterned imprinted sealer were applied to the surface.

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Applying the sealer does have several different benefits to the surface of the new patterned imprinted driveway. It brings out the richness of the colour used and stops the colour fading as it has an ultra violet barrier built into the sealer. It also helps stop any oil stains from vehicles penetrating the surface and is a lot easier to clean off to keep the patterned imprinted concrete drive looking in pristine condition for many years.

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