Questions and Answers

Here are the top 60 questions together with brief answers that prospective customers ask before ordering

Northern Driveways

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What is the expected lifespan of block paving? Block paving can last 20-30 years with proper maintenance.
Are resin bound surfaces resistant to cracking? Yes, they are flexible and can withstand minor ground movements without cracking.
How is picture frame tarmac installed? It is laid with a central tarmac area framed by a decorative border of block paving.
Can Indian sandstone be used in shaded areas? Yes, it performs well in shaded areas and is resistant to algae and moss.
What maintenance is required for block paving? Regular sweeping, occasional power washing, and re-sanding joints every few years.
How are color options for resin bound surfaces selected? We offer a wide range of colors and can provide samples to help you choose.
Are there eco-friendly sealants available for driveways? Yes, we offer eco-friendly sealants for all driveway types.
Can you install driveways on uneven terrain? Yes, we can level the ground as part of the installation process.
How does the cost of Indian sandstone compare to other materials? Indian sandstone is generally mid-range in price, offering good value for its durability.
Is it possible to integrate lighting into my new driveway? Yes, we can incorporate lighting into the design for added safety and aesthetics.
How does the installation process for resin bound surfaces differ from block paving? Resin bound surfaces require a stable base and are laid as a seamless surface, unlike block paving.
Can you create custom designs or logos in the paving? Yes, custom designs and logos can be integrated into both resin and block paving surfaces.
What types of weeds are most common in block paving joints, and how can they be prevented? Weeds such as dandelions can grow in joints; sealing and regular maintenance can prevent them.
What are the drainage requirements for picture frame tarmac? Proper drainage is essential; we ensure that the tarmac and borders are laid with appropriate slopes.
How durable is resin bound surfacing against heavy vehicles? Resin bound surfacing is very durable and can handle the weight of heavy vehicles.
Can Indian sandstone paving be used for both driveways and patios? Yes, it is versatile and suitable for both applications.
What are the best cleaning practices for Indian sandstone? Use a mild detergent and a stiff brush for regular cleaning; avoid acidic cleaners.
How do you handle potential subsidence issues in driveways? We assess and prepare the ground thoroughly to minimize the risk of subsidence.
Are there different types of resin used for bound surfaces? Yes, we use UV-stable resins to prevent discoloration and ensure longevity.
Can picture frame tarmac be colored to match my home? Yes, we offer various color options for the tarmac and edging blocks.
How do you ensure the quality of materials used in driveway installations? We source high-quality materials and adhere to strict installation standards.
What is the best way to remove oil stains from block paving? Use a degreaser and a stiff brush to remove oil stains; avoid using high-pressure washers directly.
How does weather affect the longevity of resin bound surfaces? Resin bound surfaces are weather-resistant, but extreme conditions may require more maintenance.
Can you provide references or examples of previous work? Yes, we can provide references and show you examples of our previous projects.
Are there any limitations to the designs you can create with block paving? Design options are extensive, but complex patterns may increase the cost and installation time.
How does resin bound surfacing handle snow and ice? It is slip-resistant and can be easily cleared of snow and ice.
What are the key considerations when choosing a driveway material? Consider durability, maintenance, aesthetics, and budget.
Can block paving be repaired if damaged? Yes, individual blocks can be replaced without disturbing the surrounding area.
How do you handle waste disposal during the installation process? We manage all waste disposal responsibly, ensuring minimal environmental impact.
What are the advantages of using UVR resin for driveways? UVR resin prevents discoloration and maintains the aesthetic appeal over time.
Do you offer any financing options for driveway installations? Yes, we offer financing options to help make your project more affordable.
What are the benefits of resin bound surfaces? Resin bound surfaces are durable, low maintenance, and offer a smooth, porous finish that reduces puddles.
How does block paving compare to resin driveways? Block paving is more traditional and versatile, while resin driveways are modern, seamless, and permeable.
What is picture frame tarmac? Picture frame tarmac features a durable tarmac surface with decorative edging, offering a cost-effective and attractive solution.
What are the advantages of Indian sandstone paving? Indian sandstone is known for its natural beauty, durability, and variety of colors and patterns.
Can I choose custom colors for my driveway or patio? Yes, we offer a range of colors and can create custom blends to suit your preferences.
Are there different patterns available for block paving? Yes, we offer a variety of patterns including herringbone, basket weave, and stretcher bond.
How long does it take to install a new driveway or patio? Installation time varies, but most projects are completed within 1-2 weeks, depending on the size and complexity.
Is there a warranty on the materials and installation? Yes, we provide a warranty on both materials and installation for your peace of mind.
How do I maintain a resin bound surface? Regular sweeping and occasional power washing will keep your resin bound surface looking its best.
What is the cost difference between resin bound and block paving? Resin bound surfaces can be more expensive initially, but they require less maintenance over time.
Can you install driveways and patios all year round? Yes, but the best time is during dry, moderate weather to ensure optimal installation conditions.
Do you offer free surveys and quotations? Yes, we offer a free survey and quotation after discussing your options and making suitable decisions.
What types of borders can I choose for my driveway? Borders can be made from various materials including bricks, stones, and contrasting pavers to enhance the design.
How do you handle drainage for resin bound surfaces? Resin bound surfaces are porous and allow water to drain through, reducing the risk of puddles and flooding.
Are resin bound surfaces suitable for high-traffic areas? Yes, resin bound surfaces are highly durable and suitable for high-traffic areas including driveways and walkways.
What preparation is needed before installing block paving? The area must be excavated and a suitable sub-base installed to ensure stability and longevity.
Can I see samples of the materials before making a decision? Yes, we provide samples of all materials to help you choose the best option for your project.
How does picture frame tarmac differ from traditional tarmac? Picture frame tarmac includes decorative edging, offering an aesthetic enhancement over traditional tarmac.
Are there eco-friendly options available? Yes, resin bound surfaces are environmentally friendly as they are permeable and reduce water runoff.
What are the common issues with block paving and how are they resolved? Common issues include weed growth and settling; these can be managed with proper installation and maintenance.
How often should Indian sandstone be sealed? Indian sandstone should be sealed every 2-3 years to protect it from staining and weather damage.
What is the lifespan of a resin bound driveway? A well-installed resin bound driveway can last up to 25 years with proper maintenance.
Can existing driveways be resurfaced with new materials? Yes, we can resurface existing driveways with new materials, provided the base is in good condition.
How do I choose the right material for my driveway or patio? Consider factors such as aesthetics, durability, maintenance, and budget when choosing the right material.
What are the pros and cons of tarmac vs. resin bound surfaces? Tarmac is cost-effective and quick to install, while resin bound surfaces are more attractive and permeable.
Do you provide aftercare services? Yes, we offer aftercare services including maintenance and repairs to keep your driveway or patio in top condition.
How does weather affect the installation process? Installation should be done in dry, moderate weather to ensure proper setting and bonding of materials.
Are there any special considerations for driveways on slopes? Yes, special drainage and stability measures may be needed for sloped driveways.
Can patterns be integrated into resin bound surfaces? Yes, we can integrate patterns and designs into resin bound surfaces for a unique look.
How do I get started with my driveway or patio project? Contact us to schedule your free survey and quotation, and we’ll help you plan and design your project.
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