Bringing Style and Substance to Your Outdoors

Hey there, Nottingham folks! As we wave goodbye to 2023, we at ED Paving are thrilled to take you on a little tour of some of our favourite driveway and patio projects from the past year. It’s been a busy time, full of creativity, hard work, and tons of paving slabs! Whether you’re thinking about sprucing up your own outdoor space or just love a good before-and-after, you’re in for a treat.

A Driveway for Every Home

Let’s kick off with driveways. We’ve had the chance to work on a variety of homes, each with its unique flair. From the cosy bungalows to the grand, stately homes, our team has been all over Nottingham, transforming front spaces into welcoming entrances.

tarmac driveway

Resin-Bound Beauty: We’re talking sleek, smooth, and seriously stylish. Some of our standout projects this year featured resin-bound driveways. Not only do they look super modern, but they’re also durable and low-maintenance. One particular project in West Bridgford turned a dull, cracked drive into a glossy, inviting path that truly lifted the home’s facade.

Classic Block Paving: Ah, the timeless charm of block paving. We’ve laid down quite a few of these, each with its unique pattern and colour scheme. One of our favourites was a herringbone pattern with a contrasting border in Carlton – absolutely transformed the property’s curb appeal!

Gravel’s Rustic Charm: For those who love a bit of crunch under their tyres, our gravel driveways have been a hit. We did a lovely, sprawling gravel drive out in Beeston that blended perfectly with the home’s rustic setting. Plus, it’s an eco-friendly option that allows for natural drainage.

Patios to Lounge On

Moving to the back of the house, our patio projects have been all about creating spaces for relaxation and entertainment.

Sleek Porcelain: Porcelain patios have been a big hit this year, and it’s easy to see why. They give off a clean, contemporary vibe that’s just perfect for modern homes. We did one in Long Eaton that’s now the envy of the neighbourhood – it’s like an outdoor lounge!

Natural Stone Elegance: For a more classic look, our natural stone patios are always a winner. We worked on a gorgeous sandstone patio in Sherwood that just oozes elegance. It’s the perfect spot for a cuppa and a good book.

Quirky Paver Patterns: We love getting creative with paver patterns, and it seems like you do too! One of our most fun projects was a circular pattern patio in Arnold – it’s like a piece of art you can walk on.

Looking Forward

As we look ahead to 2024, we’re buzzing with excitement for all the new projects and challenges it’ll bring. If you’re in Nottingham and thinking about giving your driveway or patio a makeover, give us a shout – we’d love to make your outdoor space dreams come true.

That’s it from us for now. Here’s to a new year full of more fantastic paving projects! 🎉🏡

Creating the perfect driveway is an essential aspect of home improvement, especially in the UK where the exterior of a home can significantly impact its curb appeal and value. In this blog, we’ll explore six popular driveway materials – Resin, Setts, Cobblestone, Tarmac, Block Paving, and Porcelain – each offering unique benefits and aesthetics.

Resin Driveways
Block Paving
Tarmac Driveways

Resin Driveways

resin driveway

Resin driveways are becoming increasingly popular in the UK due to their durability and versatile design. Made from a mixture of resin and aggregate stones, they create a smooth, visually appealing finish. One of the significant advantages of resin driveways is their permeability, allowing water to drain through and reducing the risk of flooding or puddles.

Additionally, resin surfaces are resistant to weeds and require minimal maintenance. They can also be customised with various colours and patterns, making them an ideal choice for homeowners looking to add a personal touch to their property.

Setts Driveways

cobblestone driveway

Setts, often confused with cobblestones, are traditionally made from natural stone, offering a timeless and classic appearance. This material is known for its strength and durability, making it suitable for areas with heavy traffic.

Setts driveways provide excellent grip in wet conditions, a crucial feature in the UK’s rainy climate. While they may require more maintenance than other materials, such as occasional re-sanding to keep the setts in place, their aesthetic appeal and long lifespan make them a worthwhile investment for those seeking a traditional look.

Cobblestone Driveways

Cobblestone driveways exude an old-world charm, reminiscent of historic streets and cottages. Each cobblestone is unique, contributing to a driveway full of character and style.

These stones are incredibly durable and can handle heavy loads, making them suitable for driveways. However, the uneven surface may not be ideal for all users, particularly those with mobility issues. Installation can be more labor-intensive, but the end result is a stunning and timeless driveway that can last for decades.

Tarmac Driveways

tarmac driveway

Tarmac, or tarmacadam, is a popular choice for driveways due to its cost-effectiveness and quick installation. This material is renowned for its durability and ability to withstand heavy vehicles.

Tarmac driveways are low maintenance, only requiring occasional cleaning and minor repairs. The black, sleek surface offers a neat, uniform look that can complement various house styles. However, tarmac can soften in extreme heat and may not offer the same aesthetic appeal as other materials.

Block Paving Driveways

block paved driveways Notts

Block paving is a versatile and visually appealing option for driveways. It involves laying individual blocks in various patterns and colours, allowing for a high degree of customisation.

Block paving is not only aesthetically pleasing but also durable and capable of handling heavy loads. It’s relatively easy to repair, as individual blocks can be replaced if damaged. The gaps between the blocks allow for better water drainage, but they may require regular maintenance to prevent weed growth.

Porcelain Driveways / Patios

porcelain patio

Porcelain is a newer material in the driveway market, known for its sleek and modern appearance. It’s incredibly durable, resistant to stains, scratches, and fading. Porcelain slabs are non-porous, meaning they don’t absorb water, making them less prone to weather damage and easier to clean. They come in a wide range of finishes and can mimic natural stone or concrete, offering versatility in design. While more expensive than some other materials, porcelain driveways provide a luxurious finish with exceptional longevity.

Each of these driveway materials offers distinct advantages and aesthetic qualities, making them suitable for various preferences and requirements. When choosing a driveway material, it’s essential to consider factors like durability, maintenance, aesthetics, and cost to ensure that you select the best option for your home in the UK.

When it comes to choosing the best material for your driveway, you will find most companies offer plenty of choices that include tarmac and resin. Deciding which to use can be a little daunting, but there are a few factors you can consider making your choice easier. For many people, one of the most important factors is the style of your property; do you live in a modern or period property? You want your finished driveway to be in keeping with the rest of the property and others in the local area. So, what is the difference between a tarmac and resin driveway, and which should you choose?

Tarmac v Resin

Most people can visualise what a tarmac driveway might look like when it’s complete, but this is not always the case with resin, so it is worth looking at some images. It is a newer finish, but it has gained popularity over the last decade because it offers a slightly less commercial finish. It could be the perfect choice for you so let’s look at some of the pros and cons of both finishes.


The Pros

Tarmac is a tried and tested medium for creating a driveway that has a very durable finish and will look tidy for many years to come. It is naturally very weather-resistant, and it is a cheaper option when compared to the block paved driveways you sometimes see. This is fundamentally down to the installation cost because it’s much quicker to lay tarmac than other options. Tarmac also offers a minimal maintenance finish giving you a long-lasting product that will handle everything you throw at it.

resin driveway in Toton Nottingham

Resin has a different look and feel, and it’s also a porous finish. This makes it particularly attractive in urban areas as it is known as a Sustainable Urban Drainage System acting as a soakaway in times of heavy rain. When water hits the tarmac, it will run away to the lowest point, and it is not permeable in any way, so you could end up with pools of water that take a long time to dissipate. Resin allows water to filter down into the ground underneath it, which negates standing water. Therefore, it will also be less slippery when the mercury plummets and conditions become icy. In addition, it gives a better grip underfoot. There are many different coloured resins available which make it slightly more adaptable than the single black finish of tarmac; it is also a tough wearing and durable surface that is not affected by UV light.


As mentioned, tarmac finish comes in one colour only, which can change the feel from a domestic dwelling to something more industrial that not all customers like. In addition, frequent turning and the movement of the wheels can damage both tarmac and resin. When comparing the two, resin is the least resistant, so if you have a particularly small driveway and will be accessing it from the same angle every time, you may want to consider a different surface.

Some great examples of resin driveways can be seen here, quality resin needs to be laid around 18mm thick to prevent movement.

Here at ED paving we believe in good quality driveways will last a lifetime and this is why we are the premier driveways company in Nottingham and Derby, our sister company Bespoke Driveways cover Altrincham and South Manchester too, so if you live in that area, head over to their website and check out some of their recent work.

As the leading driveways company in Nottingham we are constantly coming up with new and interesting designs to add value to your home and add real kerb appeal to your property. If you check out the pictures below of our team working you can see how much different the property looks after a transformation by ED Paving.

This transformation took just 3 days! & right now we are offering 25% discounts across all our driveways and patios

New SMA tarmac driveway installed in Hucknall Nottinghamshire
Removed old driveway
Installed membrane for weed control
Hardcore for foundation
Laid block paving borders on concrete footing
Drainage systems installed for rain water
Finished with SMA tarmac throughout

You probably won’t notice all the old concrete and tarmac driveways passing through Nottingham and Loughborough, I mean it’s not something you look out for on a daily basis, but here at ED Paving we can certainly tell you when a tarmac driveway needs upgrading just like this one below.

The customer was getting frustrated with his driveway being in direpair and thought it would cost a fortune to upgrade, that is, until he got in touch with ED Paving and got a free quote from us, he was delighted with the price.

So, roll forward 1 week, we turned up and ripped the old concrete driveway and installed a beautiful charcoal block paving border ready to lay the tarmac. We always ensure the fundamentals are done by laying heavy duty membrane type 1 hardcore and finished off with 10mil of SMA tarmac.

We were in and out within 2 days and the customer was over the moon with the transformation, he said it was a like a weight being lifted off his shoulders.

If you are thinking of upgrading your driveway or looking for a new patio or landscaping project in 2020 then speak to us today, now is the best time to start planning your project as the weather warms up and meaning you can enjoy your new outdoor space.

What are the benefits of having a tarmac driveway?

Tarmac driveways are cost effective, more cost effective than concrete. Besides it’s cost efficiency you can also receive a quicker turn around of job completion as it takes less time to install a tarmac driveway when compared to other driveway solutions saving both time and money. Tarmac is quick drying meaning you don’t have to wait long to use the driveway to park your vehicle.

tarmac driveway installed in Nottingham

Tarmac is highly weather resistant and can survive anything from storms to hail and ice. The tarmac is also highly durable when parking large vehicles and  the smooth finish of the driveway provides skid resistance. This skid resistance also helps to accumulation less snow and ice. Tarmac driveways installed with block paving perimeters offer a sophisticated appearance.

Tarmac is even better than concrete for recycling as it can be used infinitely. It can be used literally over and over again, without losing a single piece. This is great news for the environmentally conscious among us.

Construction of a tarmac driveway helps to preserve natural resources. Unlike other materials, tarmac doesn’t run into waterways. When looking for a tarmac driveway company you need to be sure they are experienced and have the relevant qualifications to perform the work, the wrong people for the job can leave you in a heap of trouble.