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Tarmac, Block Paving or Stone? | Choosing the Right Material for Your Patio or New Driveway in Reigate

A new driveway or patio is an excellent addition to your home, if you get the material right. But with so many options available how do you choose the right one? That’s where Inspired Landscapes & Groundworks comes in. Our dedicated team has over 30 years’ combined experience and Marshalls accreditation, so we know a thing or two when it comes to garden paving. To help you find the best option for your project in Reigate, we’ve created this handy guide to key considerations and the different materials we offer as a landscaping company, including block paving and resin bond driveways.

When choosing the material for your patio or driveway, it is important to consider the following:

The Purpose of Your Project

Are you replacing an existing patio or drive, adding a new feature or completely redesigning your garden? If you’re replacing a surface or adding one to your existing layout in Reigate, it’s important to coordinate it with the design and colour scheme already in place. However, if you are working with our landscaping company on a redesign, you have the chance to completely reimagine your space and choose any driveway or garden paving you like.

Your Budget

It is essential to determine your budget and choose materials accordingly. You also need to think about long term costs, such as repairs and resurfacing. For example, tarmac is generally the cheapest option for new driveways, but we recommend resurfacing it about every 5 years. On the other hand, block paving is a bit more expensive, but you can easily replace individual pavers if they become damaged.

The Style of Your Home

To ensure your driveway or patio in Reigate adds to the visual appeal of your home, you need to choose a material that goes with the style of your property. If you have a traditional looking home, natural stone, block pavers or even resin bond driveways are good options. However, for more contemporary or minimalist properties, you might opt for sleek porcelain paving or tarmac.


There are many practical, attractive and low maintenance garden paving options, with something to suit every property and budget. Some of the most popular options for patios in the Horley and Reigate areas include Indian sandstone, porcelain, natural paving and block paving.

In addition to the above points, when choosing the material for your patio, you should think about the colours and design you want as well as maintenance requirements and specific characteristics you would like, such as a non-slip surface. As a specialist landscaping company, Inspired Landscapes can advise on the features, benefits and suitability of different materials.


New driveways need to be practical, attractive and compliant with drainage legislation. As such, think carefully about the look you want to achieve and any additional installation requirements that may be necessary. For example, tarmac, concrete and resin bond driveways are popular options but are non-permeable, so must include suitable drainage solutions for them to comply with SUDS.

For your perfect new driveway or patio in Reigate and the surrounding areas, call Inspired Landscapes & Groundworks on 07845 759820.