Block Paving Contractor in Cumbria

Elegant Paving has grown to become one of the most respected paving contractors in Cumbria.

Our attention to detail, unrivalled value and customer service has enabled us to grow year on year. Over the years we have been installing driveways in Cumbria we have garnered a strong local reputation. If you decide to engage us as your Cumbria paving contractor we can assure you of a first class job using the best materials and techniques for your budget.

We provide a complete paving and landscaping service in Cumbria for residential and commercial customers. Our skilled Cumbria paving contractors posess extensive knowledge and experience covering: Driveways, Patios, Decking, Walls, Fences, Landscaping, Drainage and Clean & Seal. All our work is carried out to the highest standards and is backed up with a full no-quibble guarantee for total peace of mind. In the unlikely event of a fail due to workmanship or materials we will attend to the required remedial work quickly and with pleasure.

Cumbria Block Paving Specialists

We can help you with laying a new driveway, patio or path. With overs 15 years experience, Elegant Paving are also experienced in driveway cleaning and renovation to ensure that your installation is looking its best. We can visit you within 24 hours to provide a consultation along with a free quotation. We are also proud members of Rated People, Local Trader and Job Sorted.


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Improve Your Home

When you purchase a Driveway or Patio from Elegant Paving you are getting a finished project that will enhance the appearance of your property and improve its value. Our expertise and use of quality materials from a wide and varied range of designs makes it easy for you to find a paving or stone design to meet your tastes and budget.


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We take pride in the quality of the work we provide. We are regularly recommended by our many happy customers which is always welcome and appreciated.

If you are looking for a free driveway, paving or patio quote, or you would like some help and advice on choosing the best option and design; we have a solution to suit every budget and taste. Whether you want somewhere to conveniently and securely park your car, or enjoy your garden; You can choose from a huge range of options and designs to have a driveway or patio that compliments your home, enhances its appearance and instantly increases its value.

Seen the ‘Horror stories’ on TV?

You’ve probably heard the horror stories or seen them on TV about unsavoury Cumbria paving contractors and unsatisfactory or unfinished work. You can put your mind at ease regarding any concerns you may have: We provide a FREE 5 year guarantee with all our jobs. You receive a written fixed price quotation. An accurate estimate of the time required to complete the job. No payment is taken until all the work is fully completed to your expectations. No hard-selling, pushy salesmen: just sound advice and a free, no-obligation quote.

Totally committed to customer satisfaction.

Our business keeps thriving because of our commitment to deliver great driveway, patio and andscaping results that will make you feel good about your home and your decision to use us. We are confident that you will so delighted with our block paving work that you will feel confident in recommending us to your friends and family (this is where most of our work comes from). We also repair paving and driveways installed by sub-standard contractors. Unfortunately for so many homeowners; this is one of our most needed services. Call us today for a free, no-obligation quotation.

FREE 5 Year Guarantee:

We are so confident in the quality of out block paving work that we give all of our customers a free 5 year guarantee. We find that the main area of concern for our customers is that their drive or paving will sink or become uneven; even through normal use. By doing the job properly in the first place these problems will not happen.

The Price We Quote is the Price You Pay:

Unfortunately, one of the most common 'tricks' of many paving contractors use is to provide a quote just below any quotes of their competitors so that they get given the job, and as soon as they start the job they come to you and tell you that they need more money to continue the work because on an 'unforeseen problem'. This is something we will NEVER do: the price quoted and written in the pre-work agreement is the price you pay - if we make a mistake and under-quote; we absorb the cost and pay for it out of our own pockets.

14 Day Cooling Off Period:

We detail every job in a contract that we both sign, so both parties are clear on what work is to be done, the materials to be used and the price of the job. If for any reason whatsoever you change your mind about having any work carried out after signing a contract; you have a 14 day cooling off period.

Services We Offer,

Block Paving Driveways, Block Paving Patios, Driveway Paving, Concrete Driveways, Tarmac Driveway, Patio Paving, Garden Patios, Paths,

Quality Driveways Last:

It’s not all about good looks: proper preperation, quality materials and sufficient drainage are essensial to keeping those good looks for years to come, remaining resiliant to the weather, and daily use by people and vehicles. We recommend you request a free site survey where we can discuss face to face your specific requirements and give you professional advice on your best options. Feel free to give us a call with any questions or to discuss creating a new driveway.

Block Paving Driveways Cumbria:

Block paving for driveways is a popular choice due to the almost countless different designs that can be created to suit and enhance each individual property’s appearance. The use of quality materials and correct preparation is required to ensure not only an attractive, but also a long lasting and hard wearing parking area. If properly installed, block paving is easy to maintain and repair. If access underground services are ever required; it’s easy to reform by just replacing the existing blocks leaving no trace of any repair or disturbance.

Tarmac Driveways Cumbria:

Tarmac driveways are generally a cheaper option for a new driveway. Coloured kerbstones give tarmac drives character and enhance the ‘kerb appeal’ of the property.

Red Tarmac Driveways Cumbria:

are becoming increasingly popular. Tarmac driveways are quick to install and hard wearing but are harder to create invisible repairs is access to underground is ever required.

Concrete Driveways Cumbria:

Pattern imprinted concrete driveways offer unlimited design combinations of colours, patterns and textures to compliment your property. Concrete driveways are low maintenance, weed free and stain resistant. Consideration does however need to be given if access to underground services are ever required.

Paved Driveways Cumbria:

Pavers are slabs of various concrete or natural stones such as sandstone. Paved driveways can be created in many designs and colours. Proper preparation is essential if a paved driveway is to remain looking good, and some materials are extremely hard wearing and will compliment your home for many years. We recommend you request a free site survey where we can discuss face to face your specific requirements and give you professional advice on your best options.

Patios Cumbria:

Make the most of your outdoor space with an attractive and well designed patio. Patios Cumbria Whether you want an additional recreational area to entertain friends, a clean quiet place to enjoy a coffee and a book, a private place to lie and soak up the sun or just want to increase the value of your home, creating a great first impression to visitors; we can create a patio area for you that you will be proud of.

Cumbria Patios:

There are many different designs and colours to choose from and different materials that can be used to create a patio that will compliment your home: Slabs, Concrete, Natural Stone, Clay Bricks, Slate. After carrying out a free, no-obligation site survey we offer our suggestions and advice as to your best solution that would best suit your requirements and budget. Feel free to give us a call with any questions or to discuss creating a new patio

Tarmac or Concrete – The Pros and Cons

If you’re thinking about redoing your driveway, then you need to think whether you would like to do it with tarmac or concrete. There are many benefits to them both, but by understanding the benefits you can then be sure to make a quality investment to your home. Many people invest in either tarmac or concrete without understanding their purposes, and this can be a real problem because quite often they make the wrong choice. Take a look below to see the benefits of both tarmac and concrete for driveway purposes.

A tarmac driveway certainly has a lot of benefits. Tarmac is very cost effective and you won’t need to spend half as much time on the general construction. This is great if you’re on a low budget and you will also find that it causes less disruption to your home during the initial process. The main benefit of tarmac is that it is a very sustainable option. Over time, paving stones can raise up, the pointing can become loose, they can crack and overall, this is very unsightly. Tarmac however will never become unsightly unless you get pot holes and this only really happens after years of heavy use. You will also find that paving stones or bricks can sink when used in a driveway because the weight of the wheels pushes down on certain points. With tarmac, you’ll never experience this and it is also the far better option in terms of water damage and durability. Overall. tarmac is deformation resistant, low noise, skid resistant and it has a very tough service so even in the ice or snow, you still have some level of grip underneath your tyres. Tarmac isn’t just ideal for driveways however; it has a huge variety of other purposes so you can be sure to reap the benefits in no time at all.

Concrete Benefits:

The biggest benefit of concrete however is the fact that it is incredibly strong and it is more than capable of accommodating future changes, regardless of your design requirements. It can be used to create a strong foundation or sub-base and it can also be used to create a concrete driveway as well. If you’re laying out concrete in your home, then you will also find that it facilitates the upper floors as well. This provides clear spans between external walls and it also helps to support the masonry walls as well. The internal walls below then don’t bear much load, and this design can be altered if you would ever want to change the layout of your property at a later date. 

Drawbacks of Concrete

imprinted concrete has a lifespan of between 20 and 50 years. The problem with concrete however is that it is 1.5 times more expensive than asphalt. Cement requires a framework in order for it to be poured and even then you need to let it dry for three days at least. After it has dried, you should then apply a sealant as well which can escalate the cost even more when compared to other alternatives. You should also know that some soils aren’t ideal for concrete either. You may need a professional to treat your soil for you so you can work out the density and this normally means adding some sand or gravel to loamy soils, or alternatively, adding clay to soil that is overly sandy. If you plan to lay concrete, then you will also need to think about drainage. Concrete is a very dense material so it doesn’t have very good drainage. You’ll need to install a storm water pipe in order to drain it properly if you’re laying it on flat ground. Concrete also has very little grip as the end result is normally smooth and flat. If you experience a lot of snow or ice, then this could easily become a problem.

Drawbacks of Tarmac

tarmac drieve4Tarmac is one of the cheapest options around when it comes to driveways. Tarmac can easily be mixed with a dye to make it a different colour and this is great if you want to personalise your home or property, but it easily makes the whole installation more expensive. Tarmac driveways often last around 15 years but you will need to apply a sealant to it every 3-4 years to make sure that it doesn’t experience any damages. You will also find that over time tarmac can crack and this is especially the case if you’re driving heavy vehicles over it on a regular basis. If cracks do appear then you will need to get them repaired as soon as possible because you may have to re-do your entire driveway or area if they get too bad. Another con of tarmac is that if it is exposed to diesel or a number of other solvents then you might want to consider a different option. Petrol can easily stain concrete and over time this can be very unsightly. Tarmac also absorbs heat, so it can get very hot in summer. In some instances, it may get so hot that you can’t touch it with your bare feet. Parking your car on top of something that gets so hot isn’t the best idea for a lot of people, especially if your car is really expensive. Overall, tarmac isn’t the ideal solution if you find yourself constantly repairing or working on your car because the petrol will stain it with ease.

So there you have it, the pros and cons of concrete and tarmac. Overall, the benefits certainly outweigh the cons and people across the world continue to install it for their needs because they are both very affordable options when compared to other types of flooring such as paving stones and bricks. If you need to get concrete or tarmac installed in your home, you should contact a reputable professional as they will be able to work with you to find the best option for your home. They will also be able to tell you whether or not your soil is suitable for concrete or tarmac, and this will save you a lot of money down the line if budget is a limitation. Many specialists can also advise you on the best one for your needs, so your new installation will last much longer with very little need for maintenance. Contact yours today to find out more about tarmac and concrete installation and the benefits of them both.

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If you want to upgrade the aesthetic appearance of your home, but you’re not quite sure what materials you would like to use then you should certainly consider block paving. Block paving can come in many different colours, so you can create your own designs with ease. Many people are against block paving because they feel as though it doesn’t give them much options when it comes to creativity and that it can be a little hard to maintain. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and in reality, it is one of the best solutions if you want a hard-wearing driveway, path or patio without the excessive maintenance. Block paving won’t wear down over time and it isn’t prone to cracks like tarmac. You will also find that it doesn’t get really hot during summer, so it is ideal if you park your car on the driveway as opposed to in the garage. A block paving driveway is also actually very easy to install when you hire a reputable professional so there are plenty of benefits available. You can have complete flexibility over your own design and almost anything is possible, whether you want a circular design with lots of colour or a criss-cross design that utilise the same colour and one, there are endless options to choose from.


Block paving is ideal for pathways. You won’t be able to create circular designs or swirls, but you will be able to add whatever colours you want. Block paving is very low maintenance, but now and again you might find that weeds or moss grows in-between your bricks. This can be sorted out in a matter of seconds, and the blocks themselves won’t fade or reduce in colour over time. With paving stone pathways, you increase the chances of weeds and you also run the risk of them cracking if too much pressure is applied. Block paving is very hard wearing and the smaller stones provide an excellent support structure. Because block paving sections are so small, you can create curved pathway designs without any difficulty so you can have them going through your garden, at the front of your home or you could even have them to connect your driveway to your home.


Block paving is a great choice for your driveway. The stones themselves have plenty of grip and this is ideal for when it comes to winter. You won’t need to worry about the floor getting slippery as much and you won’t need to worry about the weight of your vehicle cracking the stones. Some people think about having paving stones in their driveway but this isn’t a practical choice. The stones can crack with ease if the right pressure is applied and in some instances they might even lift up so they will need replacing if this ever happens. Block paving however doesn’t present you with this problem and you will also find that it can support large vehicles as well. You could have a block pathway leading from your driveway to your home or you could have it connected to your patio with ease. Many people go for block paving because it comes in a huge range of different colours.


If you want to install block paving on your patio, then you should certainly take a look at the benefits that it has to offer. Many people think that wood decking is the better option when it comes to outside flooring but it certainly has a lot of problems. Wood can rot over time, and it can be prone to mites and other insect infestations. If you stain your wood, then it will need re-staining again in a couple of months because of general wear and tear. Wood is also quite soft and the treads can split or splinter over time and this is something that you want to avoid if you want to make the most out of your investment. With block paving, you won’t experience any of this and the only thing you need to worry about is a little bit of moss growing in-between your stones. If you did ever get moss growing however, all you need to do is spray some weed killer and the problem will be gone in no time at all. You can’t really do this with other paving solutions so block paving is a great option for those who want a low maintenance solution for their outdoor flooring.

Other Benefits

Block paving is relatively inexpensive if you go for the basic rectangular shape. If you wanted to get curves, shapes and different colours then you may have to pay extra for this but the end result is well worth it. Block paving can also be used to create steps and other elevated areas, so if you have a BBQ area in your garden that you want to raise up, you can do this without any difficulties at all. In some instances, you may require draining as well, but this won’t cost you any more than other standard outdoor flooring would so it is easy to get an accurate price for what you need. Many people worry about parking their car on block paving because they get worried that the petrol will stain the colour on the stone. This is something that you don’t need to worry about because the individual blocks can be replaced for a very low cost.  Another benefit of block paving is that they are manufacturer and not cut from natural stone. Not only does this make them cheaper to purchase in general, but it also makes them uniformed in size. This is great if you want an even finish without having some stones larger than others and they fit together incredibly well.


Block paving normally come in the shape of a rectangle, but this doesn’t mean that you have less options to choose from. The blocks can be smaller, longer, wider and thinner in size, so you can create an endless range of designs for your patio, pathway or driveway. For example, you may want larger stones for your driveway and you may want to have smaller stones for your pathway. In some instances, you may even be able to choose how deep the grooves go in-between your stones. Some designs may want the grooves to be filled up to the very top to create a smooth finish, whereas others may suit the cobbled look with the pointing placed lower down into the stone to create a raised appearance. Whatever you choose, there are many benefits to having block paving as your patio, driveway or pathway and it is one of the cheapest forms of outdoor flooring o install. If you did want to go for a more intricate design, this may cost you more money but it would still not be as expensive when compared to other stone based materials. You can replace broken stones individually and it is also ideal for commercial purposes so you can install them on your business driveways or even on the pathways leading up to your front doors. Either way, they remain to be one of the best materials when it comes to outdoor flooring

Tarmac Drives

Cumbria Driveway offer the complete bundle in asphalt and tarmac surfacing. From pothole repair service to resurfacing of warehouse store parking areas. Cumbria Driveway have the personnel and also machinery to cater for all sized projects. There are lots of variants of asphalt and also tarmac available today. All vary in appearance, life span as well as price. Asphalts and also rock mastics are designed specifically for commercial use and are remarkably hard wearing. Dense bitmac or coarser surface as well as finer graded materials are created for residential needs such as walkways or driveways. It is incredibly important to make use of the proper spec material.

Benefits of Tarmac

Tarmac is really quick to lay: we can lay your tarmac at a superior rate as we have the kit, expertise, and also workforce to accomplish a speedy surface whilst maintaining the excellent finish. Long-term, Sturdy and also solid: Tarmac is extremely resilient against the weight of hefty vehicles as well as steady traffic circulation unlike other surfaces like concrete which can break as well as damage under stress. Impermeable: Tarmac offers the resistance versus water as well as assists to secure the surrounds of your property versus flooding. With blueRock, tarmac is laid in such a means so any sort of surface water will run to your drains. Side with other materials: Tarmac fits in to any alreadying existing materials such as clay ceramic tiles, stone, brick or kerbstones. Making it easy to develop a eye-catching and also smooth finish. Climate resistant: Tarmac acquires as well as broadens with cold and heat without breaking or breaking unlike some other material. This permits tarmac to remain looking like brand-new come rainfall or shine.

Our tarmac and also asphalt surfacing solutions range from:

Surfacing of car parks, Surfacing of driveways. Surfacing of playgrounds. Surfacing of sports locations. Surfacing of paths. Surfacing of factory yards. sub-base preparations. kerb and rock established edgings. rate ramps. Application of glass Tex for over lay of concrete or unpredictable surface area. drain setup. site surveying. designing levels, Tarmac London repair, drainpipe repair works. spot maintenance and repair. infrared asphalt repairs of splits (smooth joints). upkeep programs. Hot put split cavity filling. Line marking with thermo-plastic. Cumbria Driveway provide the comprehensive package deal in asphalt as well as tarmac surfaces. From split repair work to resurfacing of warehouse store vehicle parks. There are numerous versions of asphalt and also tarmac readily available today. Asphalts and also stone mastics are designed particularly for industrial usage and are remarkably difficult to apply. 

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Great Tarmac Driveways, Beautiful Block Paving, Commercial Paving Contractors, Patio Flooring Contractors, Concrete Contracting,

Concrete Driveway

Concrete is very often ignored as a potential for drives or paving surfaces, often because of the perceived lack of colour or design that you can achieve when laying concrete. If you have grown up with your parents plain, boring sometimes cracked concrete surfaces please put those out of your mind now because concrete can look beautiful. The HUGE range of decorative, patterned concrete finishes become more and more popular these days and the choice of finishes offer a wide choice of colours, textures and patterns.

Plain-vanilla concrete is often used in places where a good look is not needed or required, for example shed bases, garage spaces, dog kennels, or hard standings. It’s cheap and easy to lay and utilitarian.

Modern-day concrete enhancements have led to the introduction of fibre-reinforced concrete that can make exceptionally strong pavements and driveways, getting rid of the need for steel reinforcement for heavy-duty work. Your local concrete supplier will be able to tell you which type of concrete is best suited for you if you give them a call.



100 mm), or whatever depth is necessary for the concrete slab you’re going to use. As part of that dinging make sure that all reads and any other organic material is removed. If there are any soft spots in the ground take those out and fill them in with probably, the sub base material that you’re going to use for the drive itself.

No matter what kind of concrete finish you want to use, the surface needs to be dug down to a depth of at least 4 inches

If the area that you are concreting is known to be particularly troublesome with hard to remove weeds, it’s probably a good idea to treat the soil once you’ve dug it out the general weed killer. Although it is unlikely that any weed will be able to get through the concrete laid above it. If any edging blocks or pay viewers are going to be used, this is the best time to construct that edging. Brick edgings, when a plane or decorative or cobbles are suitable. Also, at this stage a temporary shuttering maple plywood or something like it can be used if you’re not going to have a decorative edging.


Assuming that you have a good ground beneath you, concrete can be placed straight on top of a suitable hard wearing damp-proof membrane sheet over the prepared subgrade. If this concrete is being put down for particularly heavy duty work, or on poor ground, then it is a good idea to make a sub-base of compacted scalping is gravel (I.E. Granular substrate) or a lean mix concrete beneath the concrete slab itself. Occasionally it is necessary to lay a sub-base over a geo-textile sheet. If you have particularly soft or dodgy soil, a well-laid sub-base is going to spread the load of the concrete slab (which is heavy in itself) but if you are particularly worried you really do need the advice or opinion of a civil or structural engineering specialist. If in doubt, your local authority will be happy to VAT I advise you about the local conditions and may even advise you about trustworthy, local contractors.

Preparing to lay

If you are laying the concrete path, then you need to put down between 75 and 100 mm of concrete. If you are laying a driveway, garage space or hardstanding then you need to put down at least 100 mm of concrete. If you are going to put such vehicles as heavy duty bands, then a 150-200 mm concrete slab is required. And if you are going for very, very heavy loads like lorry parks commercial scrapyards and the like you really do need to put down at least 200 mm of concrete and that should also be professionally designed as it’s going to need a subbase, reinforcing mesh and/or reinforced concrete.

Damp proof membrane

The reason for your damp proof membrane is two-folder. First of you need to protect the bottom of the slab from ingress from damp or other chemicals in the subbase or subgrade and it’s also to protect damaging the concrete from beneath. The second point is that a DPM will stop the new concrete from getting to dry too quickly. Having no DPM can mean that the layers underneath the concrete soak the water out of the poured concrete and that is going to affect the final strengths of poured concrete. If the area to be concreted is wider than the width of your membrane you should overlap the layer’s membrane by 350 mm and in an ideal world those joints should be taped the suitable tape to stop groundwater getting up or water from the concrete going down.


Any reinforcing material required for concrete is there to make sure that any cracking that can occur does not threaten the overall strength and integrity of the poor. You can read more about this on our reinforcement page.

Movement joints

In large surfaces or specialist or awkward situations, it can be necessary to put in movement joints. These can be for expansion, contraction, isolating certain areas, or crack control and they are put in concrete slabs to protect the slab itself cracking or two take account of movement over time of a large slab.