Block Paving in Sussex | Perfect for Driveways

At R.J. Skinner, we combine the roles of paving contractors and tarmac contractors to give our Sussex customers something that we believe to be very important – freedom of choice. Those on a budget can opt for driveways and private roads in tarmacadam or tar-and-chip surfaces. Homeowners with a little more to spend can have driveways, patios and pathways laid in block paving from Marshalls, an industry-leading brand in the UK since 1990.


Located in Horsham, R.J. Skinner covers all surrounding parts of Sussex and offers a start-to-finish service. We like to offer a certain amount of flexibility with our services so we include gravel driveways in our installations to support our work with tarmac and block paving.


This page takes a closer look at our product range from Marshalls, and explains what we can do for you as the area’s most trusted team of paving contractors. We also compare the use of block paving to surfaces laid by our tarmac contractors. In doing so, R.J. Skinner clarifies the benefits of both and helps you to make exactly the right decision for your Sussex home.


Benefits of using materials from Marshalls include:


  • The largest product range in the UK from an established and trusted supplier
  • Concrete, clay, natural stone and replica versions available
  • A choice of matching kerbs and circular features
  • Project packs available to control costs and achieve better consistency of colour
  • Permeable surfaces for driveways to promote better water management and run-off


Block paving is an ethically-sourced product that delivers a premium finish and transforms properties in the Sussex area. Our paving contractors use natural stone setts in a variety of colours, textures and finishes, including systems for driveways that replicate cobbles. Those who wish to achieve a high-end block paving finish at a lower price can use concrete bricks.


Our tarmac contractors mainly use tar-and-chip systems on driveways in Sussex that require a more simple and cost-effective approach. Even then, R.J. Skinner achieves the same design flexibility that has been our hallmark since starting out back in 1970. We use chips in a range of different colours to give driveways their own distinctive appearance – even on a budget.


Even with premium block paving in natural stone, the cost of materials is around 20% of the budget and won’t add significant cost to the project. Because an installation from our paving contractors takes longer than an installation from our tarmac contractors, the overall cost of projects in block paving and tarmac stays relevant, as do installations using a gravel surface.


Benefits of Block Paving Driveways


  • A solid investment that instantly increases the value of your Sussex home
  • More kerb appeal to impress visitors, passers-by and potential buyers
  • A significantly longer lifespan that most other surfacing materials
  • Easy uplifting in single blocks for replacement or access to utilities
  • Interlocking design spreads weight in all directions across driveways
  • Choose colours and textures to reflect your personal style and taste
  • Resistant to salt, oil, cold weather conditions and most chemicals
  • Block paving is also suitable for patios and pathways in Sussex
  • Ordering in precise quantities stops paving contractors from accumulating waste


Benefits of Tarmac Driveways


  • A cost-effective alternative to block paving for Sussex customers on a budget
  • Less time required to perform an installation which minimises disruption
  • Resistant to most weather conditions and dries quickly after heavy rain
  • Durable enough to accommodate the weight of any vehicle
  • A practical choice for private roads and car parks in the Sussex area
  • Choose between smooth and rough finishes through the use of different systems
  • Chips available in a range of colours to offer design flexibility on driveways
  • An eco-friendly material that recycles over and over again
  • Easy to patch for tarmac contractors if you need access to utilities in the future

Call 01403 710362 or 07776 306020 to discuss block paving and tarmac driveways with our friendly contractors. Based in Horsham, we cover the entire Sussex area.

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