Drives

Create a Beautiful, Practical drive, that will last.

Drives are quickly becoming a necessity rather than a luxury. Due to the increasing number of vehicles on our roads and parking spaces at a premium, off-road parking has become a must. Here at Qualitas, we can offer a large range of options to suit your needs and budget. 

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Drive formation-Wide

When having a drive installed, the first thing to note and the most important is the substructure i.e. the foundations of the drive. This is often overlooked, of course, it is! You're excited, looking at brochures, different types/colours/patterns of paving that you can have. 

Trust us when we say the substructure is the most important element of any drive, in fact, all paving for that matter. Without a suitable base, your new drive will be ruined within a matter of months. 

 

Without going into all the technical jargon, almost all drives will require an element of excavation. Some say you require a minimum of 150mm well-compacted subbase. This is not strictly true, however, it is a good starting point. To keep it simple, the amount of subbase/excavation will vary, based on the following:

  • The intended usage of the drive, vehicle size and frequency etc...
  • The finished surface, i.e. block paving, tarmac, gravel etc...
  • Quality of materials used i.e. subbase, sand etc...
  • Ground conditions
  • Weather conditions

 

The only true way to determine the amount of subbase/excavation required would be to carry out CBR plate tests to determine the subsoils weight-bearing capacity. However, this is expensive and seldom used on a domestic drive. 

 

At Qualitas, we use our experience and knowledge to determine what extent of foundation will be required for your drive, based on the above requirements/conditions at the time of install. When required we will excavate deeper and/or use ground stabilisation membranes (Geotextile), to make sure the foundation is suitable. We do not expect you to take our word that we have provided a sufficient foundation for your drive, as we provide a warranty with all paving installs. If we don't get it right, we will fix it at our cost. 

 

The options for your new drive are endless. Qualitas Paving can make your dreams/ideas a reality. From traditional block paving, natural stone setts, gravel, even a grasscreate drive, there are no limits. Once you have decided to install a new drive, we recommend that you do a bit of research, looking at neighbours drives & possibly online examples etc... to get an idea of what you would like. Qualitas are not limited to a few selected manufacturers, we can source any products from any suppliers, ranging from, Block Paving, Tegula Blocks, Permeable Paving, Flags, Natural Stone, Setts, Gravel, Grasscrete and more. Giving you the most cost-effective solution.

 

Get in touch and we will happily advise you and arrange a free no-obligation quote.