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Richard mellor Roofing - property maintenance. All Roofing & Guttering work undertaken plus work on your Home & Gardens too..

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Reviewed by Julie on 15/5/2020

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Family run business with traditional ways , based at three-mile- cross over 32yrs . Top tradesman with qualification , fully insured , you pay what we quote no more .

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Reviewed by Tellis on 9/9/2019

John quickly provided a competitive quote and there was good phone and email communication before the work began. The work was started on bang on schedule and finished super quick. It took just over a day in total to rip out the existing concrete driveway and lay a new 30 square meter paved driveway. Overall good value, efficiency and friendly - would recommend.

Thank you for taking your time reading this if you choose has to do your driveway or patio we can guarantee you 100% customer satisfaction with all our work they are no deposit required only to be paid on completion on customer satisfaction

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Reviewed by Stephen on 11/3/2020

Very simple they delivered what they said they would, very please with that they did

Qualified City & Guilds Bricklayer with more than 30 years experience, GPS Fibre glass roofing registered, General Builder/ Handy man. Brickwork, Conservatories/Orangeries, Paving, Plastering, Alterations, Wall/Floor tiling, Roofing, Skylights, Guttering.

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Reviewed by Colin on 9/2/2020

Steve was courteous and efficient in our dealings, I would and probably will recommend him to friends and family when the need arise.

hi welcome to my company , ive been in the building trade for 15 years with a vast experince in the building and tree surgey/landscaping industry,all my work is always carried out to the highest of standards to over exceed to customer expectations

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Reviewed by Philip on 4/5/2020

Darrel and his team did an excellent job in removing old rotting deck and rebuilding it th a very professional standard. They work hard from eary morning to the evening. The finished job was amazing and overall deserved the 5 star rating for all areas. Highly recommended.

Building, groundworks,fencing and paving,landscaping,turf,and artificial grass

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Reviewed by Natalia on 11/5/2020

Honest and hardworking men. Arrived promptly, straight into work. No fuss and brilliant workmanship. Highly recommended for anyone needed fencing work. A**

Hello my name's Jordan I am a 1 man band, taking on jobs such as garden walls. Garden work, digging, painting etc.

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Reviewed by Abraham on 12/5/2020

Polite, friendly, quick. Would use again and recommend to my friends.

We are a one stop builder with over 30 years experience in the building trade. We aim to give our customers a high class job to their satisfaction. As you can see from pictures we have completed many contracted. We have a Project Manage also Architect.

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Reviewed by Andrea on 17/4/2020

I can only thank the team for buying all the materials in advance of the the outbreak , the-job was done before the date and also did bits other builders Had done wrong , great guys turned up every day on time unlike my last builders , recommended to my friends already Happy to say we became friends after the job , thanks lads

Hi I have been in the building trade for over 25 years I have run my own business for 15 years I am very honest and totally reliable as my rating will prove .

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Reviewed by Mark on 20/3/2020

Paul discussed the job with me and sought my opinion during the progress of remodelling my wildlife pond. He was prompt, polite and professional and cleared up each day and after the job leaving the garden very tidy. I will use again for any “odd jobs” I need doing in future

We are a small company who offer many services,you name it we cover it.With years of experience in all building and maintenance.We specialise in plumbing,building [internal and external],patios ,decorating as i said you name it .We aim to please.

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Reviewed by Jenny on 24/12/2019

Steve was punctual and professional. He was organised and left the bathroom tidy, gave updates throughout the job and the job was completed to a high standard. will definitely recommend Steve to friends and family

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Brick / Block Paving specialists - what you need to know

What does block paving involve?

Block paving is a very common way to pave your driveway. The method uses bricks, or larger paving stones, but the method is the same.

The benefit of using bricks is that they’re easily replaced if one or two get damaged over time.

There are several stages to laying a block paving drive. First up, your paving specialist should find out where all the service pipes and cables are for your property – water, gas, and electricity – so that nothing gets damaged during the work.

Next up is to dig out the area where the driveway will be, as well as to lay down the edges so that, once complete, everything will stay exactly where it is.

Drainage needs to be considered at this stage too, making sure there’s no water build-up that would affect your home, other properties, or that would require planning permission to sort.

At this point a sub-base will be laid – maybe concrete but more likely an aggregate substance. This is the foundation of your drive and will keep everything level.

A layer of sand is next, which will be compacted and flattened to create a level bed for the bricks or paving stones being used for the drive.

The bricks are then laid tightly across the sand before being flattened again.

Lastly, another layer of fine sand is poured across the bricks to fill all the joints and gaps between the bricks. This is all flattened for a final time to firm up the driveway and bed it all nicely into place.

Costs for block paving installation work

  • Up to 40m² - £100 per m²
  • 40-70m² - £85 per m²
  • Over 100m² - £75 per m²

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

Block paving specialists usually gain their experience through courses, apprenticeships or on-the-job training. The key to an excellent driveway is a solid foundation and good workmanship at every stage of laying it. Always check references and ask to speak to previous clients.

Planning permission for block paving jobs

If your driveway slants towards your house, you’ll need drainage to keep the water away from soaking into your foundations and brickwork. If your drainage is piped away into sewers you’ll need planning permission, so you should ask your block paving specialist about a soakaway.

A soakaway is an area within the boundary of your property, where water can safely drain to and soak back into the ground. It’s essentially a hole, dug in an area where it’s safe for water to drain. They then place a membrane for the water to drain to, covering it up completely. It requires no maintenance or access, so you can cover it with whatever you want.

If you stick to that, then you won’t need planning permission for a driveway, but as ever, the planning portal is where you should be looking for all the official advice.

Insurance for block paving work

Your driveway paver should have public liability insurance which will protect you and your property should any damage occur.

Questions you should ask your block paving specialist

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they give you up to 3 references of recent work they’ve completed?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does it last?
  • Will they source all materials and equipment?
  • Will they be using a sub-base, and what material will it be?

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