What is Belgian block?
If you live in a neighborhood in Westchester or Putnam County, you probably have seen many driveways bordered with Belgian block Curbing. Belgian block, also referred to as cobblestones can add a rustic look to the outside edges of your driveway. They have been a popular driveway-curbing choice for many homeowners here in New York state for over a century. If you’re planning on using the highest quality paving materials in your driveway, continue reading this blog. Click here to see Belgian block driveways we’ve installed for some of our clients. There are many added benefits these stones can provide to the driveway of your home.
Why Choose Belgian Block Curbing over other Curbing Materials
The reason these stones have become so popular with homeowners is because of their durability. In fact once they’re installed they can last a lifetime without becoming worn down, or damaged. Even in the harshest Northeast Winters, Belgian block is capable of withstanding the effects of frost, ice, and snow. Also, don’t worry about the stones chipping or cracking from being hit by vehicles. Belgian blocks are composed of solid granite and can take quite a beating while still retaining their natural look.
Creating A Trench And Pouring The Concrete Base –
Northern Construction has been installing Belgian block curbing for over 25 years and we have perfected the installation process. First, a trench is dug to allow space for the concrete. After the trench is dug string lines are set up at a pre-determined height to be used as a guide. Then a concrete footing is poured and then the cobblestones are set into the wet concrete.
Shaping the Joints-
After the stones have been set, it takes several hours before the cement dries and the stones fasten. Once the stones are fastened into place wet cement is poured into the cracks, known as the joints. The cement is shaped with a shaping tool to fill the cracks and give a neat finish to the stones.