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FANCY A NEW SPRINGTIME DRIVEWAY?

Are you looking at your driveway and thinking what is the best time of year to upgrade it? Is it cracked, overgrown or worn down and you’re wondering if now is the best time to pave it?

Well there is a good reason why your driveway should be paved in certain weather conditions and Springtime is just perfect!

One of the best times of year to resurface or pave your driveway is during Spring and into the Summer months. So laying asphalt or concrete is better when the temparature is warmer. It makes the mixture more manageable, giving you a smoother surface.

Paving can be done in cooler weather, but it’s so nice to be outdoors in the warmer weather and appreciate your outdoor space once it’s been laid.

There are so many styles to choose from such as Indian Stone, Block Paving, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Tarmac or Asphalt, Bricks, Resin (bonded or bound) and cobblestone.

We have a fantastic gallery of work created by the MD Paving team, but these are just some of what we have created. https://md-paving.co.uk/gallery

If you think Springtime driveway will transform your property, then MD Paving can help you start designing your perfect driveway. You need to think about:

  • The shape of your driveway, curved or a sweeping shape.
  • Borders for a contrasting edge.
  • Patterns and colours which compliment your home.
  • Installing pathways and steps as a feature or practicality.
  • Plant flowerbeds to add extra greenery and colour.
  • Install security equipment to protect your driveway and property
  • Add outdoor lights to illuminate your driveway at night.

With the right installation and design, a new Springtime driveway will be a beautiful addition to your home. It will transform the feel and look, but most importantly add value!

Beautiful Springtime driveway
Beautiful Springtime driveway

Other services to compliment your Springtime driveway!

MD Paving provide many services, including natural stone block paving, driveways, patios and pathways, garden walls and fencing, drainage and mini digger excavations.

The team are always on hand to give you advice, supply a free no-obligation quotation, provide a design consultation and supply samples.

So please get in touch today on 0800 193 1334!

Driveways Case Study

Project Brief for a Property in Roundhay, Leeds

This Driveways Case Study focuses on Mick Durkin, owner and director of MD Paving Ltd. He was approached by a client in Roundhay, Leeds who wanted to refurbish their existing driveway. A perfect job which we have used for this Driveways Case Study.

The owners of this large detached house on West Park Crescent needed a complete overhaul of their driveway area. With space to have 4 to 5 cars parked comfortably when guests came to stay, the old driveway was suffering from mismatched tarmac and paving. In addition, there was no structure to protect planting or an efficient system for drainage.

Driveways Case Study Base Layer

Design

The team at MD Paving had the task of re-paving this huge driveway, but still, compliment the features of the gardens and boundary wall. The first step was to remove 180 tonnes of the garden, prior to laying a sub-base for the whole area to ensure enough load-bearing capacity. In addition, the team fitted an effective soak away and drainage system to prevent any flooding. To match the tone of the house, the team used beautiful Premia Granite Stone, complemented with Raj Green Indian Stone. Hundreds of setts were late to cover this large area.

Driveways Case Study laying granite setts

Product Used

MD Paving have long been a fan of Plaspave products, which they feel is the ideal material for a large project and to showcase our driveways Leeds case study. Granite especially has been used as a paving material for hundreds of years due to its hard wearing qualities. The Premia version is a perfect choice as it has great texture and mottled shades. The Indian stone is great for the finishing touches and is attractive paving for both traditional and modern homes.

Driveways Case Study Raj Indian Stone Finish

Result

MD Paving has achieved a superb driveway with a combination of visual impact and structural security. It takes skill to make sure that below ground works can withstand plenty of use and incorporate the proper drainage systems. Not forgetting each stone is hand laid and crafted within the design spec.

Driveways case study large driveway finish

About

MD Paving who are based in Leeds, work across all areas of commercial and residential properties to upgrade and refurbish outdoor spaces. The team pride themselves on using expert talent and sourcing local sustainable materials which are of the utmost quality. Block paving at its best!

 

Driveway Repairs – Post Winter Tips from MD Paving

Driveway Repairs – With Spring in sight, the melting snow can, unfortunately, reveal damage to your driveway. Deciding on whether to repair or replace your driveway can be perplexing, but most repairs should be left to the professionals! That’s where MD Paving can help.

  1. Understanding what the driveway damage is!

Understanding driveway repairs and the cause of winter damage can prevent it happening in the future. The damage usually occurs due to the plummeting drop in temperatures, the cycle of freeze and thaw and the use of chemical melting agents, such as sodium chloride. This is extremely damaging to both concrete and asphalt and can also weaken the joints in your block paving. Rock salt can also seep into cracks, corroding and weakening steel rods used to reinforce the area. Freezing water will also cause damage as ice expands and increases existing cracks, causing the surface to break away. Snow/metal shovels can also cause significant damage by dislodging already loose asphalt and stone, creating craters which are hard to fix. Where possible, try to use plastic shovels for clearing snow.

2. Know your driveways lifespan

An asphalt driveway can have a lifespan of approximately 20 years, with concrete versions lasting easily 25 years, but will need to be maintained to achieve this. If your driveway is heavily damaged and coming to the end of its useful life, you may want to consider a new hardtop. Driveway repairs may only be a short-term solution. A high-quality sealer should be applied every 3 years to protect the surface from the adverse weather, including UV rays.

3. Know when to call in the professionals

If the driveways Leeds damage is too severe, then it may be time to give MD Paving a call. It may be that you require a new driveway – but this can be discussed on inspection from one of our team. All our work comes with a warranty, with references available and a free no-obligation quote will be submitted.

4. Remember to keep your driveway in a good condition

When it does snow, try and move it as soon as possible. Once it becomes compacted and forced into cracks, problems start to occur. If you need to gain traction, try to use sand instead. Once the snow has melted, we will be happy to advise you what sealers to use to keep your new driveway in tip-top condition. Just remember that a proper maintenance routine is required, no matter which driveway you choose. This will prevent expensive repair and help your driveway to last for many years to come.

Clearing snow - driveway repairs

Driveway repairs required

Snow between the cracks of asphalt