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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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

I am very pleased with my new drive. Transformed from overgrown bush, broken wall to smart tiles. Providing a big open space to park 2 cars. Three hard workers completed the job and removed all the rubble, leaving everything tidy.


- Aug 2018

"I have had a number of tradesman in the past work on my property and by far Jonathan and the team at Diamond were the best. The work was carried out and finished to a really high standard by a great hardworking team of professionals. I would have no hesitation about recommending them to others."


- July 2018

“Amazing team led by John who worked fast and delivered a fantastic result with minimum disruption. Pleased with the result which has received many compliments already. Thanks to Paul Applebaum for his guidance. We would highly recommend Diamond Driveways.”


- June 2018

“Brilliant end product. Very happy.”


- April 2018

"The works were completed without delay. Happy with the end result. John and his team were reliable. Paul made contact to check things were processing and when job was complete he called to make sure I was satisfied. Good customer service."


- 8 Feb 2018

"Over the moon with the brilliant job Diamond Driveways have done, Elliot came round with lots of samples and suggestions, the guys doing the work were always polite and tidy and the end product is amazing and always gets comments from passers by! The quality finish of the resin drive is perfect, wish we’d done it years ago!"


- 26 January 2018

“Cannot recommend highly enough. The design work from Steve Lewis was really clear- giving us a much better idea of how our drive could look. He really guided us through it and gave us a really cost effective approach while not diminishing quality at all. The men who came to do the work were also fantastic. Unbelievably hard working but also polite, considerate and really tidy. The drive was finished quickly and looks great- with several people admiring and asking who did the work. We were totally satisfied with all aspects.”


- 21 December 2017

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