Driveways in Dublin

Driveways are the entrance to your home and create that all important first impression.

There are many options available to you and we can use our knowledge and expertise to create the look that is right for your home.

Whether you’re looking for a rustic cobbled effect to the traditional block paving or the more contemporary smooth beta block paving, the choice is yours.

Block and natural stone paving can be used in so many different ways, to create a unique and stylish look for your driveway, patio area or curved pathways.

It gives the ability to create a bespoke look for your home, enhancing the natural landscape.

Driveway Paving Services in Dublin

Residential Driveway Paving Dublin

Active Paving  can meet you and go through the options available including the different styles of paving, the shape of your driveway and the type of colours that are available to choose from.   Block paving only ever looks great if time and care has been put into it while its being laid. That is why our team have spent a long time perfecting this service, ready to present and ensure a high quality finished for you.


  • Driveway Paving
  • Walling
  • Wooden Fencing
  • Cobble Stone Driveways
  • New Driveway Installers
  • Custom and Bespoke Paving

All our work carried out by our contractors at Active Paving is done to industry standards. The driveway paving that we have installed is capable of handling all types of vehicular traffic. We pride ourselves as a Dublin contractor on the quality of the work and our affordable paving services.

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Cobblestone Driveways

Cobblestone driveways are one of the almost old-fashioned style for driveways. As manufacturers have improved the quality of the materials you can opt for natural cobblestone or manufactured cobblestone.

Permeable Driveways

A permeable driveway is a driveway that will let water drain naturally down through it with surface and the drain away safely through the foundation.

Laying Driveway Using Block Paving

One of the most common driveway installation options in Dublin is block paving. It provides great long-term value, durability and is extremely versatile with all the various colours.

Achieve the ultimate home front with the help of expert tradesmen

We’re first choice for offering punctuality, professionalism and competitive prices with all of our services. Our driveways and patios are installed using only top quality products with a large range of colours, designs and textures to suit your property and project.

Active Paving Services at a glance:

  • Block paving
  • Tarmacadam or asphalt
  • Patterned concrete
  • Gravel or decorative stone
  • Natural stone paving
  • Brickwork
  • Dropped kerbs
  • Fencing
  • Driveways and patios cleaned
  • Sealing service


Why Choose Us As Your Contractor in Dublin?

With Active Paving installing your new driveway or patio, you are getting a long term and durable installation that will last for many years. It is suitable for all types of vehicles and with a little maintenance, will keep its colour and finish for a long time.

When we are installing paving, we provide options on the different laying styles. It can be laid in herringbone or in a stretcher bond and will suit any type of a house. Drainage and recessed inspection chambers can be fitted to be blend in with your interlock paviours.

Other options like recessed inspection chambers, drainage, edging and steps are available for installation along with your new driveway or patio. We can go through the options with you to help create a custom bespoke paved driveway that suits you and most importantly, will provide value for money.

Active Paving Driveways are the leading professionals for Driveways, Block Paving and Patios in Dublin.

Active Paving have over 35 years experience in supplying and fitting Natural Stone Driveways, Concrete Block Paving, Resin Bound Driveways, Gravel Driveways, Clay Paving, Granite Driveway Setts, Tarmac Driveways, Patios and much more. Diamond Services are the leading specialist for driveways in Dublin

Although we specialise in Driveways, Block Paving and Patios, Active Paving also undertake extensive building and extension works. We provide an exceptional quality service in conservatories, doors and windows. Every project is delivered to the highest standard and is fully guaranteed for 5-years. We also provide friendly advice regarding after care. That is why so many of our customers come back to us to work on new projects and why they are happy to recommend us to their friends.

Active Paving is a family-run business and an approved member of the Association of Block Paving Contractors. We are also Brett and Ronacrete approved and authorised by the Met Police Trading Service as an approved supplier. We pride ourselves on excellent service, before, during and after each project has been completed. We believe that this is the main reason why we receive so many positive referrals from our customers.


Resin Driveways

A resin bound surface is a permable, low maintenance surface.You can use a large number of different aggregates  corporated in to the resin to create different looks.

Great looks and versatility with resin bound driveways

Our Active Paving resin driveways are highly decorative, slip resistant and durable. Resin bound driveways are also UV stable and a versatile alternative to more traditional paving systems.

Resin Bound Driveway materials are a mixture of aggregate stones and resin which are used to pave driveways, pathways, patios, footpaths, walkways, pavements and car parks. Our system is permeable, comes in varying colours and is a flexible surfacing material which is highly resistant to cracking.

Resin bound driveways are permable and ensure SUDs (sustainable urban drainage system), compliance removing the needs for linear drains and soakaways.

Periodic cleaning should be all the maintenance that is required to keep your Resin bound driveway looking good.

Resin bound driveways are quickly becoming the modern looking driveway of choice and they really stand out! There are a wide range of colour combinations available, which means you can have a resin bound drive that blends in with its surroundings.

Resin Bound surfacing is a proven product to transform your old tired looking driveway, path or patio into something stunning that is known to increase property valuations and give you envious neighbours.

Resin bound paving materials are flexible and extremely strong with a life span of around 15-20 years depending on usage. They can be used on driveways, pathways, patios, swimming pool surrounds or any other install that has an adequate base.

One of the biggest attractions of resin bound surfacing is that they can be installed onto an existing tarmac or concrete driveway without the disruption and inconvenience of a full excavation. This means your old, tired looking driveway can be transformed into something stunning usually within just two days.

How its installed

Resin bound paving is a mixture of aggregate and a polyurethane or epoxy resin. The two materials are mixed on site in a specialist forced action mixer and hand troweled onto a suitable solid base. The end result is a natural decorative gravel surface that’s extremely hard wearing, non-slip, permeable with next to no maintenance – a welcome alternative to block paving.


Resin bound installs are laid to a minimum depth of 15mm for Paths, 18-20mm for Driveways and 6-8mm for internal use.

Curing time

Resin bound gravel paving curing time for foot traffic is 4-6 hours and 12 -24 hours for vehicular traffic.


What’s the difference between Resin Bound and Resin Bonded Driveway?

There are two different methods to install a resin driveway, Resin Bound and Resin Bonded. The Resin Bound method is a porous SuDS compliant method where the chosen aggregate is mixed in a forced action mixer with the two part resin. Once fully mixed the material is then hand trowelled onto the install base to a smooth finish with no loose stones.

The Resin Bonded method is a non porous install method that is also known as the scatter system. With this method of install a layer of resin is first applied to the install base and then the aggregate is scattered on top. Once the resin has fully cured the remaining loose stones are removed.

Of the two install methods the Bound method is better because the entire stone aggregate is covered in Resin whereas with the Bonded method only the bottom of the stone is in contact with the resin meaning there is potential for the stone to become loose.

Active Paving only install the stronger and permeable Bound method.

Why Have A Resin Drive?

  • Low Maintenance
  • No Weeds
  • Frost Resistant
  • Can Be Laid Over Existing Suitable Base
  • No Excavation
  • No Planning Permission
  • Huge Selection of Colours
  • 10 Times More Eco Friendly Than Concrete
  • UV Resistant
  • Can Be Used Internally and Externally
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Extremely Durable
  • SUDS Compliant
  • Luxuriously elegant

When the aggregate and resin are mixed each piece of stone is completely coated in the resin. This means all the stones are bonded together with very small gaps which allows water to drain through the product through to the sub-base. We can lay your new driveway or path over existing concrete or tarmac. If you currently have a graveled drive or block paving we will need to install a new base for the Resin to be installed upon.

Our Resin bound paving comes with a 5 year guarantee, however the resin manufacturer suggests it will last in excess of 35 years. No, the resin bound system adheres to the SUD’s process making the surface fully permeable with no threat to the environment. Each installation is individually priced and will be dependent on the size of the installation, if we are overlaying onto an already suitable base or if a new one needs to be created and if any additional work such as block edgings are required. Please contact us by clicking on the Free quotation link and one of our team will be happy to provide you will a full and accurate quotation.

The aggregates we use in our Resin Bound installations come in a variety of different sizes and colours.

Here we have listed some of the most popular colour choices and they can also be mixed to create a unique colour if you want something different.

We understand viewing an image on a computer or mobile device isnt ideal so we have sample cases with all the popular stones set in Resin for you to touch and feel if we pop over to give you a free quotation.


About Active Paving Driveway Block Paving Service

Trust Active Paving to add character to your home. There are plenty of block paving companies in Dublin but very few with the experience and reputation earnt through doing the job for nearly 35 years.  We take the greatest of pride in the work we do with our lead installer being one the most well known and highly respected installers in the Dublin area. Backed up by the rest of our local driveway building team, we have installed hundreds of drives over the last 28+ years and built up a reputation that is second to none.

The attention to detail with our installations ensures all the work we do not only looks great but has been done to stand the test of time, working to the Moto “Do it once, Do it right.”

What to expect with an installation

There is no need to worry about huge disturbances to your life, we understand the value of keeping a tidy workplace and work to make sure you experience the minimum in stress and disruption. We work with care with all our installs and will leave the working area clean at all times.

We take no deposits and we expect no payments until the job is 100% completed.

We are positive that you will not find another driveway or patio installation company in the Dublin area that ticks more boxes for a top quality service.

We are only as good as our last job though and encourage all clients considering using our services or anybody else’s for that matter to check out independent reviews online through Google/Facebook etc.

Driveways Free Quotation

Our free quotations include all the information you should require. Measurements are superimposed onto the install pictures we will have taken and included in our quotation along with all prices, product variations and images of samples.

Driveway Installation Time

About a week prior to installation our lead installer will visit with the surveyor to run through everything that has been discussed to make sure all materials and work schedule is correct.

The start of the install will usually be excavation. We dig out to 300mm ready for membrane, 200mm of type 1 hardcore and sand.

Drainage changes or installs are then completed and the blocks laid.

Active Paving is an Approved Contractor

Once again in 2019 Active Paving are  Approved Contractors having passed their rigorous training and tests. We offer two resin driveways systems available within the Resin Bound Surfacing range – Resin Bound Surfacing and Tree Pit Systems.

If you are interested in a Resin Driveway then go and take a look at our Resin Driveway Gallery.


Block paving is one of the most beautiful, practical and durable ways to pave your driveway, patio or pathway. When installed by Active Paving it will enhance the appearance of your home or premises.

We work with each customer to create exactly what they have in mind.

Active Paving are there from the design stage right through to completion of the project.

Active Paving are experts at installing block paving on patios and driveway paving.

We provide a range of driveway paving options that include driveway extensions, driveway paving repairs, driveway paving renovations and installations. We can provide you with a free quotation on having it installed at your home.

Our team can meet you and go through the options available including the different styles of driveway paving, the shape of your driveway and the type of colours that are available. Providing you with options on edging, custom tailored steps and pattern designs for block paving on driveways, patio and gardens in Dublin.

All the block paving installations carried out by Active Paving is done to industry standards. The driveways that we have installed are capable of handling all types of vehicular traffic. We pride ourselves as a block paving company on the quality of the work and our affordable paving services.

We cover a wide service including block paving in Dublin. If you would like a free quote, please get in touch. Our team would love to hear from you.

Many different looks can be achieved by using block paving for your driveway, pathways or patio. Block paving can be used anywhere around your property, it is flexible, very decorative, hard wearing, non slip and virtually maintenance free.

There are many styles, textures, shapes, sizes and colours of blocks that can be mixed together to give a bespoke look to any property. Teamed with tarmac or resinbound, a block paved driveway can look stunning and transform the look of any home. Another advantage of having a block paved driveway is that in the future if a few blocks get damaged or discoloured, the individual blocks can just be uplifted and replaced instead of the whole driveway being relaid.

A well designed block paved driveway by Active Paving can add value to any home as well as adding character and kerb appeal, a great advantage if you are looking to sell your property in the future.

Our team have over 35 years’ experience in laying the blocks in different patterns, herringbone, stretcher or weaver basket styles, ask a member of our friendly team to show you examples of our recently completed works.

As well as the laying pattern, our team can help you with the finishing touches to make your block paved driveway stand out from your neighbours. Extras such as slopes, steps, walling, dropped kerbs, lighting and decorative edges and borders.

We only use the best quality blocks from companies such as Marshalls, Stonemarket and Bradstone.

How do we Install Block Paving Driveway

We handle your block paving driveway enquiry from start to finish and do not require a deposit before we get started. All of our block paved driveways come with written guarantees for your peace of mind.

One driveway is completely different to the next so give us a call to arrange a home visit and let us help you decide on the shape and style you want to achieve for your property. Call us on any of the numbers at the top of the page, we look forward to hearing from you.

We excel at providing a block paving service throughout in the DUBLIN – If you need block pavers to put down block paving for you, or you are thinking of replacing your driveway / patio, call Active Paving. Our driveway and patio service covers all of Dublin.

We are experienced paving contractors who can lay paving on driveways and patios all at an affordable cost to our customers.

Our team is trained at performing the simplest driveway paving installations to large complicated patio installations, whether it is a small or big job, our experienced team will provide a free quote whilst providing you with multiple solutions for your driveway.

Every new driveway and patio installation is done to the highest of standards with a new base foundation put in, drainage system for your driveway if its required and quality paving products used.

Driveway Extra Option

We provide a range of extra options for your driveway including installing recessed inspection chambers (manhole covers), edging kerbs available as sloped or bull nosed, new flat top edgings across the front of your driveway, paving slabs, custom designed patterns inserted into your block paving such as interlocking diamonds and patterns, new front door steps which can be built to custom design and boundary walling / wooden fencing.

Active Paving can meet you and go through the options available including the different styles of paving, the shape of your driveway and the type of colours that are available to choose from.  We are registered Dublin paving contractors for laying new driveways and patios with options that will suit any budget.

We use only quality suppliers for all our block paved driveways such as Thomas Armstrong, Marshalls Paving and Brett Paving to guarantee long lasting and durable driveway paving installations.

All our work carried out by our contractors at Active Paving is done to industry standards. The driveway paving that we have installed is capable of handling all types of vehicular traffic. We pride ourselves as a Dublin contractor on the quality of the work and our affordable paving services.


Kerbing Installations

We provide a range of kerbing options for your driveway. These options are designed to not only retain your driveway but also to function as decorative and to add style to any driveway area.

We have options ranging from standard brick on edge to concrete edging kerbs, block paving curbs and natural stone edging. Below, we will highlight some of the various styles available so you can see which type of edging might suit your driveway.

Concrete Edging Kerb

Concrete edging kerbs are one of the most common type of kerbing available. They are available generally just the one colour, that being grey. They’re available in various sizes depending whether you wish it to finish flush with your driveway. Concrete edging kerbs are available with a sloped edge, a rounded edge, or a flat top edging. Generally, we always use flat top edging kerbs as a divide at the front of the driveway from the local pavement.

Brick on Edge

A brick on edge, is commonly used as a small retaining line for driveways against lawn areas and flower beds. A brick on edge is a block paving brick, laid on its side and bench the concrete. The benefit to using this is that you can use a matching colour to the driveway if you are opting for block paving. Find out more about our block paving in Dublin.

Block Paving Kerbs

block paving kerbs, are available in two different sizes generally. KL kerb which is a large kerb and a Ks kerb which is a small kerb. They are available in multiple colours with the two most common being brindle and charcoal.

Block paving kerbs are available as a rounded kerb and a slanted kerb. They are also available in a matching style to cobblestone and Tegula Paving.

Natural Stone Kerbing

Natural stone kerbing is generally made from hewn stone and squared off. You can also use cobblestone as a natural stone kerb provided it has the depth to allow benching in concrete. With natural stone you are limited with the option of colours however you are guaranteed that whatever colour you pick, that colour will remain throughout its entire lifespan.

All our kerbing is installed to industry standards, providing both function and appeal to any driveway. To read more about our paving options including custom bespoke steps and block paving laying patterns, visit our paving services. We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and if you require more information or would like to discuss your driveway in Dublin, we would love to hear from you.

Active Paving are specialists driveways contractors and cover all aspects of patio and driveway surfaces throughout the Dublin. At Active Paving, we understand the overall appearance and value of your property can be dramatically improved with the addition of a new driveway.

It is essential after investing time and money into planning a new driveway, you select a professional contractor to complete your work. Having fantastic product knowledge, over 20 years’ experience and a friendly hardworking team, Active Paving will ensure your vision is turned into reality.

With a relatively small investment, a new driveway, can completely change the appearance of your property.

We offer a full range of groundwork services that include;

  • Driveway Renovations
  • Permeable Driveways
  • Resin Bonded Driveways
  • Driveway Extensions
  • Patio Renovations
  • Tarmac Driveways
  • Tarmac Resurfacing
  • Tarmac Repairs
  • Gravel Driveways
  • Drop Kerbs
  • High Crossings

Along with specialising in driveway contracting, we are also able to provide a full and comprehensive quality paving service, covering all aspects of paving and landscape gardening. A new driveway can be the start of renovating your entire exterior of your property.


Cobblestone Driveway Installations

Cobblestone driveways are one of the almost old-fashioned style for driveways. As manufacturers have improved the quality of the materials you can opt for natural cobblestone or manufactured cobblestone.

The laying of cobblestone really comes down to what style you’ve chosen and what the overall appearance needs to look like. You can opt for a fan/wave style of cobblestone laying or you can choose a more traditional style laying it in an offset pattern.

An offset pattern installation of cobblestones can also be replicated using Tegula style or natural cobble setts normally made up with granite stone.

Having cobblestones laid on your driveway is not the cheapest option when compared to block paving in Dublin. The reason for this excluding the extra price for the materials is also the extra work that is involved when laying the cobblestones.

Unlike block paving especially if you are opting for a fan style, it all has to be laid individually and by hand with no replicating pattern which makes it difficult to lay at any great speed.

Cobblestone Driveway choose the right materials

Choosing to lay the cobblestones in an offset staggered pattern does speed up the installation process so an average driveway, you can save over two days work using this pattern style. Of course, this applies to an average driveway size of 100m2. Larger sized driveway will impact it even more and smaller, less.

Another great inclusion with a cobble stone driveway is bordering or edging. You can opt for a granite cobble stone border which is benched in concrete or you can put in a tumbled paving kerb. You can learn more about our kerbing options.

If you are opting for natural cobblestones versus manufactured style cobblestone, your colour choice will be very limited. Most natural stone is available in shades of grey, with options and darker and some gold mixes.

Opting for manufactured gives you a significant wider range of colours including red, black, charcoal, grey, brindle, burnt ochre and more.

Below, we will show off various examples of the different types of cobblestone paving that you choose for your driveway or patio. If you would like a free quote or to discuss your options please get in touch our team would love to hear from you. You can read about our block paving installation choices with patterns.

A team that works with you

We offer high quality products installed by our own highly experienced and skilled team. Active Paving are Interlay Approved offering you further peace of mind in that we will deliver your project as specified, on time and to budget.

We have a full range of traditional, contemporary, cobbled and natural paving blocks available. All are made to Dublin


Tarmac Driveways

Paving Driveway Contractors Dublin

Unrivalled experience in tarmac driveways and asphalt solutions Active Paving should be your first choice for laying new tarmac surfacing. From drives to car parks and forecourts we have extensive experience. We can also help you with any driveway repairs.

Tarmac driveways continue to be popular as they are long lasting. They are also quick to lay and  highly durable.

Tarmac Services in Dublin

DUBLIN Driveways and Paving are experts at laying all types of tarmac driveways and asphalt driveways in Dublin. Range of tarmac installations, tarmac repairs and tarmac re-surfacing options available.

We can extend your tarmac driveway, replace an older tarmac driveway or install a new tarmac driveway at a very affordable price.

Our team can meet you and go through the options available including the different finishes available when you opt for a tarmac driveway in Dublin.

We will provide you with extra options available like driveway edging, custom tailored steps and combining your tarmac with paving and concrete products that you might require on your driveway.

All the tarmac driveways laid by Actvie Paving is done to industry approved standards. The tarmac driveways that we have installed are capable of handling all types of vehicular traffic. We provide a written warranty which provides cover on subsidence for 5 years on your newly installed driveway. Tarmac and asphalt provides a durable and long lasting driveway surface.

We use only industry standard and approved products when it comes to your tarmac. This guarantees a long lasting and beautiful finish to any driveway. If you would like to know more or see some of our quality work, give us a call today.

Active Paving team would love to hear from you.

Don’t delay and give Actvie Paving a call today, we look forward to hearing from you. We service a wide area including laying tarmac driveways in Dublin. We don’t charge any fees for quotations and we do not require any upfront deposits. We have work references going back 15 years with hundreds of satisfied customers.

If you are unsure over what type of driveway you would like installed, we can go through the options available or you can visit our block paving and resin bond sections to learn more about that style of driveway.

Paving Driveway Contractors Dublin: Serving the entire DUBLIN

Active Paving are specialists in tarmac driveways and asphalt driveways. Due to Active Paving’s wealth of experience and friendly team, we should be your first choice with any tarmac surfacing project. Whether you’re looking for a new tarmac driveway at the front of your property or a commercial car park, our extensive experience should give you the peace of mind that your project will be on time and within budget. Tarmac driveways continue to be a popular choice for driveways due to their high durability, long lasting and are relatively quick to lay.

When looking for a good, reliable tarmac contractor, you need to be sure they are using the best tarmac materials possible. That’s what you get with Active Paving, along with having over 30 years’ experience in laying tarmac driveways across the rest of the DUBLIN.

At Active Paving, there is no job too big or too small for us, and services range from designing and laying an entire new driveway to just repairing cracks and filling holes.

Paving Driveway Contractors Dublin: Private Tarmac Roadways

Are you tired of pulling weeds from your driveway? Are you tired of a drive that gets mucky when it rains? Are you looking for a drive that is attractive and durable? Perhaps a tarmac drive is for you.


The team at Active Paving Services have more than a generation of experience in the industry. Our customers know our workmanship is second to none. We pride ourselves on offer the best value for money tarmac installation in the region. 

Paving Driveway Contractors Dublin: The Benefits Of Tarmac

Tarmac is a resilient and flexible material that is used in all manner of projects. These include roads, car parks, foot paths and of course … Your drive. While gravel is often used in rustic settings, tarmac is among the most popular materials for residential clients. The page will outline the benefits and costs of tarmac drives.

Cost. Whether we start from scratch or resurface, tarmac is a low cost option in contrast to imprinted concrete and pavers.

Resiliency Drive durability is among the chief concerns of our clients. Tarmac performs better than other materials (notably gravel), through seasonal extremes. A new installation, professionally installed, will typically have a shelf life for up to 15 years.

Easy To Maintain. While paving stones may exhibit the occasionally crack, and gravel requires the application of herbicide to weeds rising up, tarmac is perhaps the easiest surface to maintain.

A new driveway is an investment for a generation. Feel free to ask for examples of our work. If you have any questions, or you’d like us to visit your home and measure up, please get in touch today.

Tarmac driveways are available in red and black colours, various finishes including chipping and combination choices with paving and concrete. We can give you a tour of previous work to give you some ideas on how you would like your own driveway to look.

Check out some of our other driveway options by going to our block paving or resin bond sections to learn more. We aim to provide multiple options for all our clients to cater for both style and budget.

Don’t delay and give Actvie Paving a call today, we look forward to hearing from you. We don’t charge any fees for quotations and we do not require any upfront deposits. We have work references going back 15 years with hundreds of satisfied customers.

Driveways in Dublin Extra Options

Other options like recessed inspection chambers, drainage, edging and steps are available for installation along with your tarmac driveway. We can go through the options with you to help create a custom bespoke driveway that suits you and your home.

Has your driveway seen better days and you’re considering an upgrade? For stunning and durable tarmac driveways dublin properties will be completely transformed by, look no further than Active Paving. Get a free quote for your project today.


On The Lookout For Driveway Contractors In Dublin?

Paving Driveway Contractors Dublin: Driveways Other Services

Besides being the go-to company when it comes to tarmac driveways in Dublin residents will love, Active Paving also offers several other home improvement solutions. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you are also on the market for any of the following services:

  • Block Paving
  • Commercial Surfacing
  • Patios
  • Permeable Paving
  • Resin Surfacing
  • And More!

Choose Active Paving For The Finest Tarmac Driveways Dublin Can Offer

Here at Active Paving, we employ a team of professional craftsmen who look forward to working with you to create a dream surface. You can have peace of mind knowing that your new path will be laid by our driveway contractors in Dublin to the highest standards. It will not only enhance your property’s appearance but also increase its market value.

You will never have to worry about being embarrassed by the look of your driveway. As it’s the first thing that your visitors will see upon arrival, it’s obvious why homeowners consider it to be a priority.

Your driveway installation will be personally supervised by  the owner of the company – or his sons. This enables us to ensure that our high standards and attention to detail are always satisfactorily upheld when completing driveways in Dublin.

When Googling “tarmac driveways Dublin” earlier, you were likely trying to find an established contractor with decades of experience and a genuine passion for the work. This is exactly what Active Paving can offer you.


Our online gallery has many great images from successful past projects.


Only the best driveway materials

Active Paving only use the best tarmac materials. Plus, we have many years experience installing driveways in Dublin. No job is too big or small for us. Yes we would love to resurface your drive, but we are also here to repair cracks or fill holes. We can also advise on design and maybe the use of other materials which can elevate the look of your property such as block paving.

Driveway contractors in Active Paving Driveways are your local driveway contractors for Active Paving. Offering a range of driveway installations that includes block pavingtarmac drivewaysgravel driveways and more. As a reputable driveway contractor, we ensure all our driveways are done to industry approved standards.

ACTIVE PAVING Driveways takes care of it all from start to finish. Ranging from the removal or extension of the existing driveway to installing a new base. All our base installations are done upon assessment as some driveways require a stronger base than others. We recommend a minimum of a 9 inch depth to ensure a solid base.

The installation itself is done with careful attention to detail and to the exact specifications as agreed. During our free quotation, we can go through the various options for a driveway installation and provide you with options to suit both your budget and your requirements.

On heavy vehicular driveways, we would recommend a 60mm block paving or a tarmac driveway built with 2 layers of tarmac (Wearing course and top course), for gravel driveways, we would recommend a larger stone.

Permeable driveways are becoming very popular with options on either permeable block paving or a gravel driveway which are installed exactly to SUDS regulations. All our driveways are installed with a membrane sheeting to inhibit weed growth.

For something extra special, we would recommend a resin bonded driveway. It is the more expensive option but the warranty on a resin driveway is significantly longer and is a non slip surface. It is suitable for any type of a driveway area or even a pathway.


Clay Paving in Driveways

Active Paving are proud to offer the versatility of clay paving designs.

Clay paving and clay pavers have been used in landscape design for hundreds of years and is still a material of choice. It continues to offer the most durable material in projects small or large; domestic and commercial.

Clay paving driveways provides a wide choice of colours and finishes; allowing for both modern and traditional design requirements.

Great looks and design of clay pavers

Clay pavers are a favourite of designers and architects as it adds rich warmth to a property. Clay pavers can also add character and charm to your home.

There are many styles of clay pavers from an old brick look to more modern and contemporary shapes and colours. As well as looking good, clay paving is also hard wearing and durable. It’s no wonder that it is the driveway material of choice for discerning customers. So, if you are looking for driveway ideas or a material that gives you elegance, style and a long life then clay paving could be the choice for you.


Permeable Driveway Options

A permeable driveway is a driveway that will let water drain naturally down through it with surface and the drain away safely through the foundation. This type of driveway is general required for SUDS regulations (Sustainable Drainage System) and to avoid the need for planning permission.

When it comes to permeable driveway, we provide various options to help you choose the style and finish of your driveway. These options include permeable block paving, permeable Tegula paving and gravel/shingle driveways. Using permeable paving means you can have the same patterns as standard paving as shown here.

Here we will highlight the types and benefits of choosing one style a permeable driveway over the other. Regardless of the finished surface the base preparation is generally the same. Let’s first look at how permeable driveways work and what the base requirements are.

Permeable driveway functions by letting the surface water drain away back to its natural environment. The method by which this is done is called attenuation. The surface water is collected by the driveway and held in storage as its release back through the base and then back out into its own environment.

Permeable driveway functions in Dublin

Permeable driveway functions by letting the surface water drain away back to its natural environment. The method by which this is done is called attenuation. The surface water is collected by the driveway and held in storage as its release back through the base and then back out into its own environment.

One of the biggest differences with the base installations is not just the depth but also the finished base the sub base material should have no fines in it this means you cannot use type 1 MOT and you should be using type 4 MOT hardcore. This type of foundation is significantly coarser and will allow the water to penetrate faster.

In effect if you think of your base and imagine it like a porous sponge. It will soak up the water and gradually releases back into environment over a period of time.

There is effectively three layers that will be applied during installation of a permeable driveway, top layer will be your laying course which is generally a grit stone instead of river washed sand. The next layer underneath this will be your permeable sub base which would be Type 4 MOT or similar to allow the water to drain down fast.

The next layer will be your base layer which will be very coarse and will have gravel mixed through it. This will allow the water to enter this area very fast and store it to allow a slow release back.

Now do we know what type of base installation will require we can look at what the finished surface will be. You have the option of block paving finish using permeable paving or you can opt for a gravel finish.

Permeable paving is very similar to having a standard block paved driveway. The biggest difference between the types of block paving is the edging which is designed to allow a bigger space between the gaps which is then filled with a grit instead of kiln dried sand. You can learn about laying block paving here.

The finished style and design can be whatever you choose as permeable paving like standard paving can be laid in a variety of styles colours and patterns. Once you have built your base correctly the water on your driveway should drain away very fast.



Opting for a gravel driveway or as is commonly known shingle, is also a very common style for a natural driveway. You have as with any gravel driveway the choice of using plastic stabilisers which help to keep the gravel in place otherwise we recommend a solid border or edging curb around driveway to hold it in place.

You can choose to combine permeable block paving with gravel creating a block paved apron as an entrance or a paving inset at your door or on the driveway. The two options are the best choices available on the market for a completely sustainable drainage system for your driveway.

You also have the choice of using Aco drains which when piped correctly can take away water to a designated area like a soak pit or drainage system. This type of system is commonly used in standard driveways or patios.

You would like to know more about a permeable driveway options or would like to discuss getting a new driver installed, we would love to hear from you.

Gravel driveways and paths are attractive, however being a loose material they will undoubtedly spread and scatter over time. So having edge restraints as part of your gravel driveway or path is vitally important, we will outline a variety of edging options and recommend the best solution for your job.

Customers seeking the strength and rigidity of a paved surface but with the asethetic appeal of gravel can opt for a retained/gravel system. We have extensive experience in the installation of this type of driveway.

At Active Paving Services we pride ourselves on a diverse product range. While the market is ever growing and evolving, there are four prime drive types. These include paving stones, asphalt, concrete … And gravel. All have their benefits. However, gravel is often favoured for it’s ease of application and low cost.

There are several types of gravel driveway. Popular options include limestone, granite and crushed shale. Some consumers opt for resin bound or bonded drives.

Let’s Explore The Pros And The Cons

Perhaps cost is your priority. Before you make your final decision, however, this page will outline the pros and cons of gravel. These include costs, maintenance and long term ROI.

The Economical Option

In various consumer surveys gravel has consistently been found to be the most thrifty material for your drive. Asphalt is a distant second. Imprinted concrete and pavers are significantly more expensive.

Long-Term Maintenance

This benefit is off set by long-term maintenance. In contrast to more expensive options, you’ll need to add additional gravel at least four years. Your drive will also require regular raking and the occasional application of herbicide to prevent plants and vegetation from appearing.

Long Term ROI

Aesthetics are subjective but the marketplace reveals other driveway materials underline the value and sale-ability of your home.

Active Paving state a front garden makeover can add up to 12% to your homes value. The addition of a driveway, gravel or otherwise, is a wise investment.

We’re also happy to visit your home and offer an estimate too. If you have any further inquiries about our materials and labour costs, please don’t hesitate.


Best Material For Driveways?

There are pros and cons to every material used for creating driveways. The cheapest materials like gravel are ok, but they often create work in terms of maintenance.

Other materials like block paving or natural stone are expensive. But, they are more resilient and there are opportunities to create more stunning designs.

It all comes down to the budget you have allocated to your new driveway. Here at Active Paving we are specialists at getting you the most for your budget.

With that it mind, it’s very important to us that we use only the very best materials no matter what materials they are. This ensures we can maintain our high standards and that your driveway will stand the test of time.

Quality Driveway Services

If you are based in Dublin and would like to take advantage of our quality driveway services to add some value to your property and give you much needed parking space. Why not get in touch with out team today.

After surveying your property, we are more than happy to provide free quotation with absolutely no obligation to take us up on our driveway services.

For a stunning new driveway, call in the experts at Active Paving. We have been designing and installing beautiful driveways for over 35 years in high quality building materials such as: Block paving, Resinbound, Tarmac, Gravel

If you are unsure as to what look you want to achieve for your home, seek the help of our experienced team who will be able to show you the differences in materials, what can be achieved and how flexible the materials are. You may want to combine a couple of materials to achieve a bespoke look or stick to one material and colour, the combinations are endless.

We take great pride in our work and can design anything that you want or can advise you on what could look good for your property.

Our team take into account your lifestyle too and will incorporate anything that may make your life easier such as steps, slopes, balustrades or walling. Just speak to a member of our qualified team who will be able to advise you accordingly.

Preparation is key, we make sure that all drainage and sub bases are to the correct depth to ensure that your driveway not only looks good but lasts a lifetime too.

If you have an existing driveway but it needs some attention, then give our team a call. We have a restoration, cleaning and maintenance service that will get your driveway back to its former glory in no time. Resealing, resanding, replacing broken blocks or filling in a pothole on a tarmac driveway, we can work wonders on your existing driveway without you having to purchase another one. So, for all your driveway needs, give our team a call today on any of the numbers at the top of the page, we look forward to hearing from you.


Driveway Cleaning in Dublin


Active Paving specialise in driveway cleaning and repairing all types of driveway and paving surfaces across the whole Dublin.

We use only the best industrial pressure washing equipment and use our expert industry knowledge to achieve the best results whether restoring a driveway, patio or pathway.

Active Paving clean and jet wash a wide range of exterior surfaces including decking, patios, flag stones, paving slabs, tarmac, concrete, stone, brick, awnings, block paving, resin, paths, forecourts and driveways.

As well as pressure washing Active Paving can also offer joint resanding, weed and moss removal, sealants to protect your driveway and repairs to your driveway in Dublin.


Driveway Repairs for Dublin

All surfaces can become damaged over time whether its a block paved driveway, patio, a tarmac car park or even a resin-bound drive. Here at Active Paving Driveways we know this only too well and with over 10 years installing new driveways and surveying properties, we have seen the effects that years of use can have.

As a Maidstone block paving and tarmac specialist our expert team is able to repair worn-out block paving and rejuvenate well-used tarmac surfaces.

We can transform tired and slippery drives and pathways and restore sunken areas to get the driveway looking good as new again.

Active Paving Drive Repairs Services

If your driveway or paved area is in need of repair then we can survey the areas affected. Our driveway repair services include:

  • Driveway sealing
  • Re-sanding brickwork
  • Lay new borders
  • Install new driveways
  • Repair sunken areas

Active Paving Driveways Ltd – Expert Driveway Repairs for Dublin

From sagging driveways to broken brickwork we can remove years of wear or misuse. From simply removing and replacing damaged paving blocks to installing complete new drives, or re-sanding joints and fixing other forms of damage, we will investigate and quote promptly.

We will arrange to carry out work at the most convenient time for you and have your driveway repairs carried out professionally by our expert team.

Arrange a FREE property survey and no obligation quotation for driveway repairs at your convenience; call us today.

Professional Patio and Driveway Contractors Dublin: Active Paving Experts in Driveways Services

We are paving experts and specialise in Block Paving and Indian Sandstone. Block Paving is usually made up of small rectangular bricks commonly made of concrete that are placed on to a level sand bed in a set pattern to form the surface. Indian Sandstone uses a similar process, but the stones are much larger. Both are an excellent choice for your driveway or patio.

Whether its Block Paving or Indian Sandstone, the art of good paving is in the preparation of the surface that is to be paved.

After an initial free consultation where we can show you a range of styles, patterns and finishes, we can agree a timescale and start date to commence your paving project.

The end result is a quality durable finish that enhances the aesthetic look of your property which in turn adds significant value.

Our guarantee and aftercare service ensure complete ease of mind should any unforeseen problems occur. Contact us today to find out more about our professional paving services.


What can we do for you?

Guaranteed services you can rely on with constant and reliable support from start to finish.

We know how stressful it can be creating that perfect home, that is why we take on the whole project from start to finish, ensuring your needs are met smoothly and without worry. We are Dublin trusted traders give you that extra reassurance that you will get the best possible service.

As well as our trusted patio and driveway services, we also offer a wide range of property exterior services; including all aspects of groundwork. We also cover complete new lawns and returfing jobs giving you that extra comfort in knowing you will have that perfect home in no time.

You are getting the best when you choose Active Paving as your paving contractor for your driveway. We offer the best prices combined with over 30 years of experience and outstanding workmanship on every block paved driveway we install for our customers. Affordable, quality block paving contractors.

Active Paving Driveways in Dublin Services

With a professional and qualified team ready to handle all types of driveway paving installations ranging from standard paving to permeable paving and cobblestones, you are getting the best when you get Active Paving. We always put our customers first ensuring that each and every client is 100% satisfied. Experts at installing all types of driveways.

Driveway paving as a driveway option is not only beautiful to look at but is also one of the most durable and practical solutions for any driveway. It will look good all year round, provides great traction for vehicles and feet and will age beautifully if installed correctly.


Getting your driveway installed by a proper paving contractor, makes a huge difference to your finished driveway. We will take care of everything for you including installing drainage if required and crossovers. We stand by all of our work proudly, giving a full guarantee and warranty on any driveway installed by us.

Block paving can be done in endless variations. Not only does paving come in many shapes, textures and styles, you can join block paving with nearly any other type of surface.

You can rest assured that whatever your driveway requirements are, Active Paving are the company for you! Over 30 years providing high quality driveway paving and patios.


Site Preparation

All our paving is laid on a firm, level and well drained base to ensure long term service and stability – getting the ground work right is essential.

Vegetation and top soil is removed to an approximate depth of 200mm-250mm across the area to be paved. We mark out this area with pegs or retaining boards and adjust their height to the required finished surface levels, ensuring that we allow a fall of 1:80 away from any buildings and walls for surface drainage.

We also make sure that the finished paving surface level is at least 150mm (two brick courses) below the level of any damp proof course. After excavation, we rake level to ensure an even depth and compact the whole area using a plate compactor.

Kerbs / Brick on Edge (if required) The next stage is to set up edge restraints around the area to be paved (these may include existing walls) using block kerbs or concrete edging. The kerbs or concrete edgings are bedded into 100mm of concrete, to the required level, with a 45 degree haunch up the side of at least half the block or kerb height. This is essential to prevent the blocks and the sand on which they are laid from moving.

Underground drainage, Aco drains or similar drainage including inspection chambers are installed at this stage if required. The area is then to be back filled with Type 1 MOT hardcore. (Type 3 Hardcore is used for permeable surfaces)

Sub Base Installation

Onto this, a layer of river washed sand (grit sand is more free draining than normal sand and is less prone to being washed out) is applied, to the depth of 50mm, and then compacted with a plate compactor. A second layer of grit sand is then applied, to a depth of 20mm. This second layer of sand is leveled to the correct falls.

Laying The Paving

The laying of concrete block paving should always begin from the bottom of any slope, preferably starting from a right angle or a straight edge. Working from several packs at a time is essential when using a mixed size product such as cobble styled paving blocks.

We place the blocks on top of the laying course, ensuring they are around 4-5mm above the desired finished level. Once all full blocks are laid, we use a mechanical block splitter or a Con-saw to cut the blocks required for the infill pieces or at the retaining edges. Once completed, we sweep the area and compact with two or three passes of the plate compactor.

Jointing of the block paving is preferably completed in dry periods. We apply kiln dried sand to the block paved area, then brush into the joints using a soft brush, ensuring the joints are filled fully.

Applying the kiln dried sand

We use the vibrating whacker plate on the paved area again, to push the sand into the joints. Once this has been done, we check for any gaps in the jointing and fill where necessary, compacting again afterwards if needed. The sand in the joints may need to be topped up for the first few months after the job is completed.

Call the experts at Land Craft Paving and Patios for a free no obligation quotation. We look forward to hearing from you.

A good driveway is more than a place to park your car. Quality driveway paving is something that will last for a long time through changing weather conditions without cracking, growing weeds, or becoming otherwise defaced. The right driveway also complements the look of your home, enhancing the outdoor appearance in addition to being functional.

Letting someone else handle your driveway paving allows you to choose an attractive driveway design without having to worry about taking on a lot of work. A driveway makeover can change the whole exterior of your home, improving it with options like block paving, garden accents, decorative walls. Parking your car can be an enjoyable experience when you use professional services to install new driveway paving.


Even if you don’t have a lot of room, you can have a beautiful driveway area. Integrating driveway paving as part of overall outdoor design is a great way to visually improve both house and yard. By doing this, you get a place to park as well as a lovely outdoor space that makes a good first impression. From paving to decorative touches, a new driveway is an easy way to spruce up your living space.

The quality of materials used for your driveway paving job is important. Professional services can provide superior paving supplies to ensure that your parking area withstands the test of time. Whatever look you want for your driveway and the surrounding space, be sure to choose services that focus on craftsmanship and are dedicated to doing the best job possible. Superior service means a superior finished driveway that you can use with confidence.

Don’t let the apparent size of a job keep you from updating your driveway area. Good driveway paving services bring quality, beauty, and superior craftsmanship to the outward appearance of your home and yard to give you a driveway you can be proud of.

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