Do I need to get planning permission ?

Planning permission is now required to lay traditional impermeable driveways that allow uncontrolled runoff of rainwater onto the roads because this can contribute to flooding and pollution of watercourses. To find out more about whether you need planning permission for your driveway click here.


How long does it take to construct and what's involved ?

As always this depends on the size of the job however we have various different teams that specialise in different fields of work to ensure your works are completed efficiently and to the highest standards. Learn more - Driveways - Walling - Patios - Landscaping


Is the work guaranteed ?

Yes, all our work is guaranteed for 5 years from the date of completion, we've been in business for over 25 years and still going strong!


Can the paving be sealed ?

Yes it can, provided the paved area is not using permeable blocks. We also clean and seal exisiting paving.


How often should paving be sealed ?

We recommend it should be sealed every two (2) years or as appropriate based on wear so as to maintain its original appearance. The block paved or slab area should be pressure washed first to remove the old sealant. See our Maintenance Services for more information.


Is it OK to pressure wash block paving to clean it ?

Yes, but care needs to be taken so as not to wash away the kiln dried sand in the block paving joints as well as removing any sealant (if applied). See our Maintenance Services for more information.


Can damaged blocks be replaced ?

Yes they can, but this needs to be done by our installers to prevent further damage. See our Maintenance Services for more information.


How does the water drain away ?

This depends on the type of work you are having done 

 - If it is an impermeable drive or patio then the correct drainage solutions will have to be put in place to make sure water is carried to the necessary drains or flower beds. 

 - if it is a permeable drive or patio then any water will drain directly in the ground.

Regardless of the work undertaken we ensure that no water will lay on the surface and cause problems such as flooding or damp. Learn more about Permeable Paving solutions and Drainage.


How much does it cost ?

Without discussing with you your needs as well surveying the area as to works required, it is very difficult to give exact prices. Please get in touch and arrange for us to  visit and provide you with a  FREE CONSULTATION  and QUOTATION . Simply call us on  020 8508 5060  or  020 8508 1164  or use Contact Us.


Do I need an Architect for a Driveway or Patio ?

Normally you don't need an Architect and if you do it would be probably as a result of a wider range of construction work you are undertaking at your home that you have employed an Architect for. We can design for you a driveway or patio that meets all building regulations and requirements. Please get in touch and arrange for us to  visit and provide you with a  FREE CONSULTATION  and QUOTATION . Simply call us on  020 8508 5060  or  020 8508 1164  or use Contact Us.


What areas do you cover ?

Forest Drives primarily work in Loughton, Woodford, Chingford, Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill, Theydon Bois, Epping, Ongar and other parts of Essex as well as into Hertfordshire; Sawbridgeworth, Bishops Stortford, Hertford and surrounding areas and into London (Middlesex). Learn more about geographical area we cover.


 


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