The web’s most comprehensive guide to paving, drainage and hard-landscaping techniques used in Britain and Ireland

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On this site, you’ll find professional, impartial information from an ex-contractor, with construction guides and specifications to all the most popular British and Irish paving types, an ‘Ask the Expert’ feature and many other invaluable resources for professionals and DIY’ers alike.

Whether you’re looking for block paving patterns, are preparing to lay your own patio or driveway, want news on the latest products and tools, or need to know the reference number of the British Standard for kerbs and channels, it’s all in here.

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Tony's Book

Driveways, Paths and Patios

The definitive guide to contemporary paving materials and methods used for driveways, patios and paths throughout Britain and Ireland.

Written in his inimitable style by the the man behind this website, Tony McCormack, this book explains the whys and wherefores of both traditional and contemporary paving and surfacing for homes in the 21st century.

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The Online Discussion Forum for the Pavingexpert Website

Packed with topics and invaluable answers from contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, landscapers, streetmasons, DIYers, weekend warriors and just about anyone with an interest in paving and surfacing.

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YouTube Videos

Installing Core Edge HD Steel Path Edgings

The latest video from the Pavingexpert channel - watch this, or any of the dozens of other instructional and entertaining videos specially created by and for this website.

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The Pavingexpert website does NOT sell anything, regardless of what you may have been told by some eejit in the pub or on some Facebook page. However, a selection of bespoke Services are available via the website and you can read more about these on the relevant pages...

Quality Reports

Professional, impartial and independent assessments, including CPR35 reports for legal cases, regarding the quality of materials used and quality of workmanship provided to any paving project

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Layouts to Order

Save a lot of needless brain ache and hours of wasted time on site. Let the professional design the layout for your paving project . Incredibly popular for imported flagstones, but available for any form of paving

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Project Management

Call on the decades of experience acquired by Pavingexpert's Tony McCormack and have your dream paving project professionally managed. The finest materials; the best installers; the ideal design...

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The Pavingexpert website is crammed with useful information on every popular form of paving, surfacing and drainage used in Britain and Ireland, but there are also some invaluable nuggets that are used by professionals and DIYers alike..


An ever-growing list of the most popoular questions raised by readers of the website in its first 20 years, and the first place to look for answers if it can't be readily seen on the main website

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YouTube How-To's

An entire YouTube channel devoted to showing more about how paving, drainage and hard-landscaping should be done, along with a few 'curiosities' that should raise a smile

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Incredibly popular with the trade and freely available to DIYes....see how we work out how many tonnes of bedding are needed, or how many bags of cement are required...

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Flagstones - The Bookstore

A selection of the better books and other items that will be of interest to anyone keen on a deeper understanding or an enhanced familiarity with all things paving....

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British Standards

Buy Direct - links to purchase all of the relevant British Standards and other important Guidance, Documents, Discussion Papers, European Norms and more...

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Urgent Phone Consultancy

For those times when an expert opinion and advice is needed straight away, a mini-consultation via telephone can be arranged for a small fee...

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Paving materials

There are thousands of different materials, products and special items used for paving in Britain and Ireland, so to ease navigation, they have been coralled into groups based on what base material is used in their production, be it concrete block, natural stone setts, clay paviors, resin bound surfacing or whatever. Explore each group using the navigation tabs at the top of each page or the links below....

Educational links

Many of the leading colleges, universities and training establishments in Britain, Ireland and beyond use to help train and educate their students. These non-commercial educational establishments are granted a free licence to use the site and its contents to assist the learning process and to pass on valuable skills and knowledge to the next generation of paviors, landscapers, designers, architects and specifiers.