Our Frequently Asked Questions
What depth of paving block do I require?
The Barleystone paving blocks is available in 3 depths – 50mm, 60mm & 80mm
- 50mm – Suitable for footpaths, patios & light vehicular traffic (domestic driveway – average use)
- 60mm – Suitable for any driveway or domestic application (domestic driveway – busy use)
- 80mm – Suitable for commercial applications where there is very high volume of traffic
Will the colour of my driveway fade?
Concrete paving blocks are dyed with colour pigments for the effect of a natural product. As with any coloured product susceptible to our weather conditions, we cannot guarantee the colour will hold through the life of the bricks. However, this will not affect the overall performance of the brick. By sealing the paving after it is installed, it will enhance the colour and prevent fading.
Will weeds grow up through the bricks?
Weeds do not grow from the bedding up through the paving, but rather from the wind blowing seeds and these seeds lodging between the joints. Maintaining the paved area by regular sweeping prevents growth between the brick joints.
How long should my driveway last?
We offer a 25 year guarantee on the Barleystone paving blocks. We expect your driveway to last a minimum of this time.
Should I seal my driveway or patio?
Sealing your newly installed paving is always recommended but in some cases is not always necessary. To prevent staining from spillages or rubber from car tyres, sealing the area should be sealed. It is easier to remove stains from a sealed driveway. Sealing will also combat weed growth and enhance colour.
What is the best way to clean my driveway or patio?
The recommended way to clean any driveway or patio is by using a low pressure garden hose and a stiff yard brush to remove debris and stains. If persistent staining remains power hosing is the next alternative, however, we do not recommend you use a power hose frequently as it can remove jointing sand which can lead to the bricks moving. Always replace lost jointing sand to ensure optimum performance of a driveway.
I have small white deposits on some newly installed paving
There is no need to be concerned; this is called ‘Efflorescence’ or ‘Lime Bloom’. This rarely occurs and this is simply the result of the natural reaction of water and cement, this will disappear.