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How much does Brick and Block Paving cost? 2021

Average Price
£750 - £5,000

What is the price of Brick and Block paving?

Looking to spruce your driveway up with some new paving but not sure of the cost? Read our handy guide to find out how much brick or block paving will cost.

What is Brick Paving?

Brick paving is made from clay that has been formed into the shape of a tile. The term ‘brick’ can also be used to describe the shape of the stone, but more often than not the material is not actually brick, so you want to make sure you are getting the right material. Find Block Paving near me.

The advantages of brick paving are that it’s available in different colours, with red and grey being the most popular options. Brick paving also tends to last for generations making it very cost-effective.

Price-wise, brick paving costs 15% to 20% more than concrete bricks. It’s also far more expensive than gravel or even a flat concrete drive. 

What is Block Paving?

 Block paving is similar to brick paving but uses concrete and not clay to create each tile (known as ‘pavers’).

 The main advantage of block paving is that it is far cheaper than clay. Block paving also has a shorter life span of around 20 years, which is far less than brick paving. 

 Also, the quality of the concrete can vary significantly. It’s possible to find block paving that looks like natural stone, but equally some block paving can look cheap and be prone to breakage easily. That’s why it’s important to shop around.

Block Paving Prices?

Here’s a summary of average costs for brick and block paving based on local UK professionals: 

Type of pavingHighest average priceLowest average price
Block paving£3,000£750
Brick paving£5,000 £3,600

Block paving is the much cheaper alternative, starting at just £750 for a small driveaway. The only downside is that block paving will not last as long as brick paving. However, even at the top price of £3,000 that would average just £150 a year, taking into account block paving lasts for around 20 years. 

Brick paving is considered the higher quality material versus block paving. This is reflected in the price which sees brick paving costing between £3,600 and £5,000. If you wish to have brick paving, a good way to save money is to only have it placed in key areas such as the drive and walkways. Usually, the price will come under £4,000 for a medium to large size garden but will climb towards £5,000 in London.

What changes the cost of a Brick and Block Paving service? 

 The cost of getting Brick and Block Paving can vary depending on a range of factors: 

  • Your driveway shape 

  • Maintenance costs 

  • Location 

Your driveway shape

If you’ve always found your driveway shape to be quite awkward or too narrow then now is the time to correct it. You’ll also need to decide whether you want the paving on just a portion of the drive (where you’d park and around entranceways) or if you wish to cover the entire garden. 

Price is also a factor here, as the greater the area you cover with paving the more expensive it will be. If you have a particularly large garden, you may wish to leave some space for grass or landscaping.

Maintenance costs 

Brick and block paving, on the whole, is fairly low maintenance. However, over time your drive will benefit from professional cleaning which will cost between £150 and £300 depending on the size of your drive. Likewise, anti-mould/weed solution can be applied by cleaners and your paving can also be re-sanded too. 

Brick paving is the easiest to maintain as clay is far less likely to crack compared with concrete. If any building work takes place that requires you to lift your paving stones, then this is very easy to do, which is another advantage of paving compared with a concrete drive. 

Location 

Here’s a rough estimate of price variations for brick and block paving in different UK locations:

LocationAverage cost
Midlands£2,500
London£3,000
North East£2,200
North West£2,400
South West£2,600

The North East has the cheapest average cost for block paving, coming in at £2,200. As you might expect, the most expensive area is London, with an average cost of £3,000. However, it’s worth noting the true figure depends on the company you use, the size of your drive and whether you also require landscaping too.

Other considerations

There are lots to consider when repaving your driveway. As well as deciding between brick and block paving, you’ll also need to factor in your garden as a whole. Here’s what to look out for: 

  • Paving design 

  • Gardening landscaping 

Paving design

Both block and brick paving is available in a wide range of styles and colours. Brick paving, in particular, retains colour well, and it’s also possible to have contrasting colours (such as light and dark grey) to add interest to the design.

Depending on the skill of the contractor, you may be able to have your paving laid in a circular pattern. This style works particularly well to frame landscaping, especially if you don’t want to remove trees from your garden. 

Garden landscaping

Paving can be put down on its own to complement your existing garden. However, it’s also possible to have garden landscaping done as part of the job. 

For example, if you have an uneven driveaway you may wish to have everything levelled off before the work starts. Or if you dislike the arrangement of any greenery, you can create a new paving design and start from scratch with new fencing, turf and plants. Find Garden Landscaping near me.

If you include garden landscaping it will be more expensive. However, it is one of the best ways to add curb appeal to your property.

Is it worth getting Brick or Block paving?  

Compared with other driveway material types, there are plenty of advantages with both block and brick paving. Firstly, paving stones are not only timeless but also look more expensive and classic, especially compared with laying concrete over your drive. Whatsmore, unlike concrete, paving stones are a lot less likely to crack. It’s also much easier to dig up paving stones for maintenance issues and place them back down without being able to tell the difference. 

Even with the cheaper block paving stones, you will get approximately 20 years of use out of them, making them great value for money overall. Though if your budget can stretch to brick paving, this will last for generations and so is even better value for money. 

Improve the look of your property with brick or block paving. Find local Brick and Block Paving Experts near you to complete the job on Bark.

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