Driveway Installation Guide

By Diamond on June 12, 2017

Welcome to the Diamond Services Driveway Installation Guide

Diamond Services pride ourselves on a driveway installation that you can be proud of. Over the past 25 years we have perfected how we lay block paving to ensure consistent quality and finish.

Here is our step-by-step guide to the Diamond Services approach to great driveways.

1 – Excavating the ground

Dig out as required, and dispose of soil.

We typically excavate to a depth of 250mm below finished paving level, ensuring any soft spots are excavated: they will be backfilled with compacted sub-base material.

Using a membrane helps stabilise the ground and prevent the subbase mixing with earth.

Soakaway drainage would be installed at this stage and haunched with concrete for protection.

2 – Adding a Sub Base

Spread, level and compact to a minimum of 150mm thick layer of sub-base material followed by a 25 to 40mm course of sand.

3 – Laying down the blocks

Laying of full blocks is done inline with the agreed design, block colours and any special requirements.

4 – Checking Alignment and Compliance

Once all the full blocks are laid, they need to be checked for alignment and adjusted as necessary.

5 – The Fine Details

We fix Recess Trays and gully covers, if necessary and then re-check paving for compliance.

6 – Jointing & Compaction

The final task is jointing. This is done once all the cutting-in has been completed, and the compliance checks carried out.

Kiln-dried jointing sand is spread over the block surface and swept into the joints using a soft brush.

The paving is now compacted using a vibrating plate compactor (wacker plate).

7 – Completion

Excess jointing sand can be swept off the surface and it is now ready to be used.

If you have any more questions or would like Diamond Services to quote on your new driveway please call 0800 234 3830 or click here to contact us.


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Steve, Dariusz and the team were nothing short of amazing. Came over for a quote when asked, samples sent within 12 hours, work started within 24 hours and completed to a 5* standard (unlike 99.9% of other workmen). Efficient, tidy, clean, polite, informative, top quality work and boy do they work quickly! Would heartily recommend them to anyone.


- January 2019

10/10 service! Steve is the nicest guy you'll ever meet. He listened and advised us without any sales pressure or gimmicks. Polite, Professional and Honest. Darius and the team turned up at the crack of dawn each day, worked relentlessly throughout and made staggering progress to finish the whole job in just 2 days. Nothing was too much trouble and the finished product is absolutely spot on! Thanks to Steve and the team for a superb job. Definitely recommend you to others!


- January 2019

Incredible from start to finish - knew exactly what we were getting; the whole team was so polite and professional, and very willing to work with you as the job progressed. High quality end product for which we have received a lot of lovely comments.


- November 2018

We can not recommend Diamond Driveways enough. Elliot, Steve and all the guys were professional and delightful from day 1 and we could not believe how quickly our driveway was transformed! Thank you Diamond Driveways!!

Borehamwood, Herts

- November 2018

We had a couple of issues that both Mark and Steven dealt with in a courteous and professional manner at all times, even to the extent of getting me a written technical statement from the materials supplier. The site team were very efficient, clean and courteous at all times and made sure that when they went no rubbish had been left. The end product is nothing short of brilliant. The finish is smooth and looks very crisp and after the bedding in period was over we are now back to parking on the driveway. I couldn't recommend this company more.

Maidstone, Kent

- November 2018

Very quick and efficient job. Kept the area very clean and we're polite to neighbours during the work. Would definitely recommend them.

Woodford Green, Essex

- October 2018

The team that did the job worked hard, were neat, and finished the job quickly with a great result. Passers by were commenting and asking about the company before the work was even finished! Now just waiting for the guarantee paperwork to come through. Thanks.

Ilford, Essex

- October 2018

We have just had a resin bound driveway completed by Diamond and cannot recommend them highly enough. Elliot who came around to give us a quote was extremely friendly, courteous and knowledgeable and showed us plenty of colour samples (which another company I had previously approached did not have). John, who project managed the job, and his team were absolutely fantastic. They all worked so hard and they left our cul-de-sac tidy every evening. To no surprise this team left us with a superb new driveway which is finished to the highest standard.

Welwyn Garden City

- Sept 2018

Elliot visited to help us plan removal of existing front garden wall, hedge and ancient concrete paving slabs and John's very polite team were incredibly well organized and expert in completing our new paving block front driveway and natural sandstone patio. We asked for extras to get really neat drainage solutions and an short extra brick wall to hide our bins and they were included with no fuss.


- Sept 2018

Steve was great from start to finish keeping me informed of what was happening. Jon and team were efficient and always cleared up each day. Drive now looks amazing.


- Sept 2018

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