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Cobble Paving

Cobble driveway Leicester is classified as a loose and hard surface. This is because they are purchased when loose like gravel but are installed with the help of a bonded bedding surface that is mainly concrete to ensure that the surface remains intact.

Cobble set driveway Leicester are typically either set in sand or similar material, or are bound together with mortar. Paving with cobblestones allows a road to be heavily used all year long. It prevents the build-up of ruts often found in dirt roads. It has the additional advantage of not getting muddy in wet weather or dusty in dry weather. The fact that modern automobiles make a lot of noise when rolling over cobblestone paving might be thought a disadvantage, but it has the advantage of warning you if a vehicle is approaching your home.

Cobblestones set in sand have the environmental advantage of being permeable paving, and of moving rather than cracking with movements in the ground.

Use today

Cobblestones driveway leicester were largely replaced by quarried granite setts (also known as Belgian block in the nineteenth century. The word cobblestone is often wrongly used to describe such treatment. Setts were relatively even and roughly rectangular stones that were laid in regular patterns. They give a smoother ride than cobbles, and are widely available.

Cobblestones gradually gave way cobble setts and macadam roads, and later to tarmac, and finally to asphalt concrete. However, cobble¬stones are often retained in historic areas, even for streets with modern vehicular traffic. Many older villages and cities in Europe are still paved with cobblestones or pitched. In recent decades, cobblestones have become a popular material for paving newly pedestrianised streets in Europe. In this case, the noisy nature of the surface is an advantage as pedestrians can hear approaching vehicles. The visual cues of the cobblestones also clarify that the area is more than just a normal street. The use of cobblestones/setts is also considered to be a more "upmarket".

Installing Cobblestone Or Cobble Sett Driveways Leicester:-

Though installing a cobble paving driveways Leicester is labour intensive; the process does not require any special skills or heavy duty machinery. If you have enough time to complete the task, this DIY task seem very easy. Note that, the cobblestones may be tough, but the strength of any cobblestone driveway depends on how good the installation is, so it would be advisable to contact a leicester driveway contractor.

The installation process starts by removing old driveways or grass and excavating approximately 10 inches or more based on the thickness of the pavers you will be using. Next, add about 6 inches of hardcore and compact adequately before adding a layer of sand, smoothening it and compacting it as well. Set a string line at the driveway borders to guide you when laying the cobblestones. Start laying the cobblestones at the edges working from the lowest point up leaving an approximate 10mm joint between each cobble.

Once all edge restraints have been laid, start filling the middle field and maintain a consistent joint size. If you must cut the cobblestone so that they can fit in or match the design you want, use a chisel and hammer or a diamond blade saw. Once all the stones are in place, compact the entire driveway to ensure that the stones are intact in the sand base. Fill the joints with sand or a cement based grout. Use a brush to push the sand into the joints. Follow the instructions on the grout package and ensure that you mix small grout quantities at a time. Use a squeegee to spread the grout into the joints.


Despite requiring little maintenance of just a jetwash once or twice a year, cobble driveway Leicester is not cheap. However, commercial and residential property owners are often willing to overlook the initial purchase cost in a bid to enjoy a unique, tough and attractive driveway. Note that, you must work with a cobble driveway expert whether you intend to do a DIY installation or not. Experts guide you on the right amount of materials you require to avoid over purchasing or under purchasing as mistakes can influx the cost of the overall project.