Block Paving Driveways Essex

Any home or business can benefit from a decorative NB Contracts block paving driveway. Adding color and texture, through professionally laid block paving, to an otherwise plain, grey drive is one of the best ways to upgrade the look of your home at a fraction of the cost.

As well as stunning looks, you’ll benefit from our superior service and exceptional quality. With the strength of our block paving and the deep, firm foundations of our driveways and patios, you won’t need to worry about subsidence, slipping, shifting or cracks.“Our Block Paving Driveways use the highest quality materials and are precision laid by our professional installers”

With a large selection of colours, an array of styles, a number of sizes and a whole host of laying patterns to choose from, with our block paving range the choice really is yours.

Some of our driveway block paving products have been pre-treated with our Surface Protection, guarding against everyday contaminants such as oil, grease, moss, bird droppings, wine and soft drinks to ease cleaning when used on drives and patios. The protection will last 6-10 years in trafficked areas and inhibits efflorescence.

We also offer a specially selected range of block paving sourced from Bradstone to give you even more choice. With block thicknesses up to 80mm the range offers durability only usually found in commercial blocks but with the aesthetic finish to satisfy even the most challenging domestic application.

We were Established as NB Contracts in 1998..

and have had the same name ever since – We trade on our Reputation

How We Work

The NB Contracts Difference

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Preparation

During the beginning stages of any block paving project we’ll run through and confirm the proposed design and style of your new block paved drive.

The area for your new driveway will then be marked out leaving a small margin to make the brick laying that much easier.

We also make sure that all services including electricity and gas are pointed out during this stage.

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Foundations - 3

Excavation

We’ll dig out the proposed area to a specific depth. Here at NB Contracts we use all of our own diggers to carry out the excavation process and use licensed landfill sites for the excess old soil and materials.

Recycling of Materials

We always aim to recycle and re-use materials where we can so no need to hire your own skip or worry about machinery we’ve got it covered.

Porous Membrane

A porous membrane will be installed between your new driveway sub-base and underlying layers to prevent any future problems occurring underneath your drive.

Sub-base & Compacting

We then begin laying the foundation of your new driveway by spreading a thick, even layer of sub base material made up of crushed concrete and a hardcore mix.

Our team of professionals use our sit and drive rolling machines to compact your sub base evenly.

Block Laying - 1
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Drainage & Manhole Covers

After we’ve correctly laid and compacted your sub base we’ll begin installing any new drainage and manhole covers.

Kerb Edging

Once your sub base has been correctly laid we work on installing the kerbing and edge courses, all being laid on a solid concrete base. We always make sure that all lines are straight and precise and use backing concrete to support the edge and kerb brickwork.

Laying course

Prior to the block laying stage we’ll spread a level layer of course sand over your drive sub base, the key to a perfect laying course is to create as smooth and even surface as possible which will allow us to lay your bricks a lot easier and save time.

Block Laying

Our experienced team of bricklayers will lay your blocks in the desired design as discussed with one of our experts in the early preparation stages.

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Alignment and Cutting In - 3

Alignment and compliance

After we’ve correctly laid your block design our team will double check the block alignment before beginning the cutting in process, during this stage attention to detail is a must and we never cut corners.

Cutting-in

Cutting-in is just as important as laying an attractive block style, our bricklayers use the utmost precision when measuring and cutting your blocks to fit your block paving design.

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Finishing touches

During the finishing touches we usually fix recess trays and gully covers, if necessary.

Jointing

When our paving experts have finished cutting-in stage of your new drive, a jointing mixture is spread over the block design, making sure that no joints have been missed is essential, we use EASY joint a trusted all weather paving filler.

Completion

Our team will sweep away any excess jointing sand and your new block paved driveway is ready to be used.

We use a sealant to finish off and protect your new drive from any accidental staining and all of our driveway installations come complete with NB Contracts 5 year guarantee.

Preparation
Preparation - 1
Preparation - 2
Preparation - 3

Preparation

During the beginning stages of any block paving project we’ll run through and confirm the proposed design and style of your new block paved drive.

The area for your new driveway will then be marked out leaving a small margin to make the brick laying that much easier.

We also make sure that all services including electricity and gas are pointed out during this stage.

Foundations
Foundations - 1
Foundations - 2
Foundations - 3

Excavation

We’ll dig out the proposed area to a specific depth. Here at NB Contracts we use all of our own diggers to carry out the excavation process and use licensed landfill sites for the excess old soil and materials.

Recycling of Materials

We always aim to recycle and re-use materials where we can so no need to hire your own skip or worry about machinery we’ve got it covered.

Porous Membrane

A porous membrane will be installed between your new driveway sub-base and underlying layers to prevent any future problems occurring underneath your drive.

Sub-base & Compacting

We then begin laying the foundation of your new driveway by spreading a thick, even layer of sub base material made up of crushed concrete and a hardcore mix.

Our team of professionals use our sit and drive rolling machines to compact your sub base evenly.

Block Laying
Block Laying - 1
Block Laying - 2
Block Laying - 3

Drainage & Manhole Covers

After we’ve correctly laid and compacted your sub base we’ll begin installing any new drainage and manhole covers.

Kerb Edging

Once your sub base has been correctly laid we work on installing the kerbing and edge courses, all being laid on a solid concrete base. We always make sure that all lines are straight and precise and use backing concrete to support the edge and kerb brickwork.

Laying course

Prior to the block laying stage we’ll spread a level layer of course sand over your drive sub base, the key to a perfect laying course is to create as smooth and even surface as possible which will allow us to lay your bricks a lot easier and save time.

Block Laying

Our experienced team of bricklayers will lay your blocks in the desired design as discussed with one of our experts in the early preparation stages.

Alignment & Cutting In
Alignment and Cutting In - 1
Alignment and Cutting In - 2
Alignment and Cutting In - 3

Alignment and compliance

After we’ve correctly laid your block design our team will double check the block alignment before beginning the cutting in process, during this stage attention to detail is a must and we never cut corners.

Cutting-in

Cutting-in is just as important as laying an attractive block style, our bricklayers use the utmost precision when measuring and cutting your blocks to fit your block paving design.

Completion
Completion - 1
Completion - 2
Completion - 3

Finishing touches

During the finishing touches we usually fix recess trays and gully covers, if necessary.

Jointing

When our paving experts have finished cutting-in stage of your new drive, a jointing mixture is spread over the block design, making sure that no joints have been missed is essential, we use EASY joint a trusted all weather paving filler.

Completion

Our team will sweep away any excess jointing sand and your new block paved driveway is ready to be used.

We use a sealant to finish off and protect your new drive from any accidental staining and all of our driveway installations come complete with NB Contracts 5 year guarantee.

Driveways & Patios

Our Driveways and Patios use the highest quality materials and are precision laid by our professional installers. We will never sub contract our work, so every driveway and patio will be laid to our high standards.

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Roofing

A high-quality roofline is an important investment, will protect your property from costly weather damage and saves you the stress of constant repairs. And we’ll guarantee our roofline products for 10 years to prove it.

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Our Work

We trade on our name and have been NB Contracts from the day we began. Unlike many other companies, all the images you see on our website, are our own work. If you see any of these photos on any other website, contact us.

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