How to Lay Block Paving

We have put together a post covering all of the required steps to lay your block paved driveway yourself. We hope this helps.

How to Lay Block Paving

Do you need to lay block paving? Don’t want to waste money on labor? Well, you are reading the right article. Here we will tell you how to professionally lay block paving and give your garden, driveway or backyard, a stunning look. This article will give you all the information you need to know about block paving, whether it is about the tools that are required or the materials you need. Also, all the extra tips you will need to install block paving.

Designing And Planning

So, let’s start with the first and the very basic step. You need to know what you want. Do you want to extend your existing drive way or replace it? Do you want to pave all the area in front of your house or just around the plant beds? You also have to decide the design of the bricks you want. Color of the brick is also very important, as you want it to match the color of the bricks of your house or at least look good in contrast.


This is the next important step. You want to buy high quality material to get the best results. Materials to lay block paving consist of sand, block paving, mortar, cement and sub-base.


Tools required in installing block paving are, tape measure, spirit level, screed rails, wheelbarrow, rake, broom, shovel, string line and pegs, block splitter and a cement mixer. The quality of the tools will also affect the time taken and the quality of block paving.

How To Do It

Measure the size of the area you want to install the blocks to and then dig to the depth of 150mm under the moist proof course of your home. The depth might change while digging the land based on the rise and fall of the ground level. The digging should be done in a gradual slope which will make surface water go in the drainage system. A 1cm drop for every 60cm length is recommended.

Edge restrain is the core of your pavement, as it holds the blocks together and gives them the strength to support vehicles on the pavement. To make the foundation, you need a concrete mix containing 1 part of cement and 6 parts of ballast. After the concrete dries you need to lay the blocks on a bad mortar as an edge course. The string line will work as a guide.

You need to apply minimum of 100mm sub-base to the stone, so that the pavement can support the weight of people and cars. The sub-base material should be evenly spread. You can use a compactor to do so. Doing so will ensure longer life of the pavement. Then you need to add sand to cover the space between the line of final pavement and sub-base.

Screeding is the next step. This will get rid of excess sand and level it. To put the blocks you should hold them straight and slide them downwards. You should start laying blocks from 1 corner at the base of the slope. To cut blocks down to their sizes at the edges use a block splitter and Compact down the blocks in the end.

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