Paving Contractors Guildford

Experts at laying block paving on driveways, paths and patios in Guildford

A paving contractor is a company that constructs paved surfaces on driveways, patios and roads with experience in the commercial and residential market. As a local paving company in Guildford, we have built our reputation upon our customer service and listening to our customers.

Establishing this rapport will ensure that you’re always satisfied and happy with the work we are carrying out with the final vision of your new driveway or patio reflecting what you imagined. We will always work to that aim, and this is why we are one of the most highly recommend paving installers throughout Guildford.

When you need paving contractors in Guildford, give Abel Driveways LTD a call to discuss your requirements. Our specialists in Guildford can lay driveway paving, block paving and clay paving on driveways, patios and any other type of hard standing surface.

Our paving contractors will go through all the design choices available to you, ensuring that the estimate is not only fair but reflect all the work required. We do not believe in adding any extras or hidden charges to our work, so what you see on that quote is what you will pay!

Our installers use only quality block paving from Marshalls and Tobermore to ensure long-lasting and durable driveway paving in Guildford. We provide other options that include permeable paving, Tegula driveways, and cobblestones, all suitable for vehicles to drive on and park on.

Block Paving Specialists

Each and every installation on a driveway is done on an individual basis where the area is first assessed for underground cabling or pipes before we start in with the machinery. Once we know the area is good to excavate, our diggers will get to work preparing the area for a new base.

Our contractors will always ensure a solid base is applied before the weed block and sand is applied. A solid base foundation is the key to a long term and durable paved driveway installation.

If you are not sure on what choices are available for your driveway in Guildford, call 01483 342767 to speak in more details with one of our driveway installers about the work.

You can learn about the other types of block paving options such as Tegula driveways and permeable paving on driveways here.

If block paving is not installed correctly, it will most definitely sink and spread. Therefore all of our block paved drives, paths and patios are laid and installed to the highest standards.

We use MOT Type 1 stone to all sub-bases, full haunch boards to stop any movement and sinking, and all of the blocks we use are sourced from the proven suppliers.

Our excavation for block paving will always be carried out to guarantee at least 6 inches of new base foundation.

Abel Driveways LTD will always set the outside border of the block paving in cement to prevent it from spreading out with new edging kerbs behind it to reinforce the paving if required.

You can always have a cheap job done but how many times have you driven or walked past a block paved driveway and thought that looks terrible? It only looks terrible because it has been laid or installed incorrectly.

Standard block paving to purchase per m² will cost you about £17.00. To get a m² of block paving you will need 50 blocks and do not forget depending on the pattern and area, allow for up to 10% wastage on cuts.

Some block paving contractors will cut corners to entice the consumer into buying their services so beware of very cheap quotes. Remember the majority of the cost of a block paved driveway, path or patio is the excavation and the labour cost. Please feel free to give us a call to discuss your paving and we will arrange a free no-obligation site survey.

Unfortunately, there is no magic block paving system to stop weeds. Remember, up to 90% of weeds in this country are air born.

The same applies really to any surface which includes tarmac and slabbing.

However, 2 features that we apply to our work helps reduce the impact of weeds on your block paving significantly. The first feature is using permeable weed block to prevent weed growth from underneath. The second feature is using Dansand, which stops weeds from growing in the joints.

Block paving is laid on sand that is levelled using a screed to guarantee the water runs off in the direction you have set the screed to. The sand is laid on top of a base foundation which should be semi permeable.

Block paving once installed is designed to be semi permeable which means a portion of the surface water will drain down naturally through the paving. By using river washed sharp sand as the laying base and having a semi permeable base foundation, the water can drain away fast.

The best type of block paving is very subjective since it not only depends on your particular taste but also the function for which the block paving is being used.

What we can say is that the most popular type of block paving is 200 x 100 x 50mm and is the most common type used on driveways throughout the UK.

It is generally laid in a herringbone pattern in either 45° or 90° degree angle from the house. This is achieved by pulling a 90° string line off the house and laying the paving either square off the line or at 45° (V Shape).

The same applies to the best colour for block paving where it depends on your own particular preference and the style of your house. The most popular block paving colour is the brindle colour where a charcoal block paving is used as the border for it.

As for manufactures, the most common and popular block paving manufacturer in the UK is Marshalls, followed by Brett and then Tobermore. Each produces a high quality paving product and similar variations of colour and products.

The average installation for block paving on a double driveway is 3 days. This is from excavation to completion with the only factor generally being the rain. If it is raining during the completion of the work, we will wait until it is dry in order to finish jointing the block paving and compacting it.

A new block paved you should not be sealed right away. The natural process of efflorescence will occur over a few weeks, where the salts in the concrete will push out, creating a white stain on the paving. This is completely normally and will fade away after a few weeks.

Once the efflorence has left the paving, you can then seal the block paving. Sealing the paving will help to prolong the colour of the paving and protect it from weather damage as well.

A sealed driveway after a new installation will easily last upwards of 10 years and this is why we guarantee that period.

View our portfolio examples to see some of the driveways installed by our paving contractors in Guildford


Features for block paving includes:

  • Variety of colours, textures and finishes
  • Durable
  • Bespoke design
  • No costly repairs
  • Easy to replace
  • Blends to suit any home

Before we pave the driveway, we can go through the different laying patterns for you to choose from including standard herringbone patterns to basket-weave, stretcher bond and offset.

Learn about our Tegula paving options for driveways, our permeable paving choices or the different types of block paving colours you can have on your driveway or patio.

All our concrete block paving can be sealed using an acrylic sealant to to help prevent moss, algae and lichen growth and prevent the weathering process. Oil stains can also be removed if the paving has been sealed with the correct sealant.

Block Paving Colour Options
Learn About Tegula Driveways
Permeable Paving On Driveways

We not only lay driveway paving in Guildford, but we also undertake work throughout the surrounding areas which include laying block paving in Woking and block paving in Camberley.

Call Abel Driveways LTD on 01483 342767 to talk with one of our paving contractors in Guildford who will setup a free and no obligation visit with you.

We provide free quotations so we can discuss the work with you and provide you with a clear and detailed quote for the proposed block paving installation.
We work with our customers to ensure each installation is tailored to suit them. This can range from design choices, curves, patterns and feature installations.
Once we begin installation, we stick to our detailed quote to ensure you are getting the work done exactly as you specified. If changes are made, it is done in tandem with you.