Checkatrade driveways – MD Paving are now listed!

Checkatrade driveways are always looking for the best tradesman

Checkatrade driveways – That’s why MD Paving is very happy to be part of this reputable service, as we pride ourselves on our excellent standard of work and service level.

MD Paving have undergone many background checks to be accepted. We have also been offered incredible benefits on joining, which is ultimately passed on to our customers, to give a level of service, second to none. Residents can search on the Checkatrade website, check experience and qualifications and view customer feedback. They can also leave their own, once the work has been done.

Checkatrade is a very reliable source of a tradesman, 10,700 in total, which receives over 26,000 visits per day. They have been operating for over 15 years, priding their company on being the champion for the consumer. Excellent for sourcing Checkatrade driveways.

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About the Checkatrade Driveway Members

Checkatrade always runs strict background checks before anyone is accepted. Once part of the Checkatrade community, members agree that feedback will be placed online for everyone to see. Incredibly, they have published over 3.6 million to date and members promise to meet ‘The Checkatrade Standard’.

There is no other directory which uses this model. Checkatrade makes sure that you can find someone trustworthy, to get the job done.

What we agree to

– Completely honest and transparent in dealings with our customers.

– Advise that there are no call out fees when coming to quote on a job.

– Keep you up to date with arrival times or any rescheduling.

– Be realistic on the time it will take to complete the job.

– Be polite and treat you with respect.

– No work to be obtained by cold calling.

– Variations or additional work to require another contract.

– Deal with any complaints professionally and promptly.

Free to use the service!

What’s more, Checkatrade is completely free to use for all our customers. So don’t forget to leave us a review!

Plaspave Block Paving Leeds – a great choice for MD Paving

Why Plaspave Block Paving Leeds is the perfect choice

Plaspave block paving Leeds is part of the Plasmor Ltd group. They supply a huge range of concrete products to all over the UK.

For many years, MD Paving have had the pleasure of using Plaspave and installing their block paving, driveways and patios all over Yorkshire. For both industrial and commercial construction, the customers seem to love it as much as we do!

Plaspave block paving Leeds offer a range of products and solutions to make beautiful patios and driveways. With years of experience honing our skills as professional installers, we feel it’s the perfect choice for MD Paving to work with.

So let’s just look at why it’s so popular and when you should consider investing in this block paving:

Plaspave block paving Leeds is durable, long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing. But there is definitely more reasons why this paving as risen to the top:

Value for Money

It’s really not as expensive as you think. Plaspave is a cost-effective way of enhancing your outdoor areas. Many customers are shocked when they are produced with an estimate – just to see how much they can save. Plaspave product is renowned for durability and reliability.

A great range of designs available

The Plaspave range offers different textures, shapes and patterns, making it easy to customise your design. It is important to discover all the options available when creating a driveway or patio.


Plasmor is at the forefront of sustainable and innovative construction. They deliver cost-effective materials – which are reliable, economical and improve production energy efficiency.

The Plasmor Guarantee

Plaspave guarantee structural integrity of all their products and offer a product range of 10 years. The guarantee is subject to damage and colour changes affected by natural weathering.

MD Paving are pleased to have access to all of their ranges, including Sorrento, Amalfi, Modena including cobbled setts and permeable paving.

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Driveway Repairs – Post Winter Tips from MD Paving

Driveway Repairs – With Spring in sight, the melting snow can, unfortunately, reveal damage to your driveway. Deciding on whether to repair or replace your driveway can be perplexing, but most repairs should be left to the professionals! That’s where MD Paving can help.

  1. Understanding what the driveway damage is!

Understanding driveway repairs and the cause of winter damage can prevent it happening in the future. The damage usually occurs due to the plummeting drop in temperatures, the cycle of freeze and thaw and the use of chemical melting agents, such as sodium chloride. This is extremely damaging to both concrete and asphalt and can also weaken the joints in your block paving. Rock salt can also seep into cracks, corroding and weakening steel rods used to reinforce the area. Freezing water will also cause damage as ice expands and increases existing cracks, causing the surface to break away. Snow/metal shovels can also cause significant damage by dislodging already loose asphalt and stone, creating craters which are hard to fix. Where possible, try to use plastic shovels for clearing snow.

2. Know your driveways lifespan

An asphalt driveway can have a lifespan of approximately 20 years, with concrete versions lasting easily 25 years, but will need to be maintained to achieve this. If your driveway is heavily damaged and coming to the end of its useful life, you may want to consider a new hardtop. Driveway repairs may only be a short-term solution. A high-quality sealer should be applied every 3 years to protect the surface from the adverse weather, including UV rays.

3. Know when to call in the professionals

If the damage is too severe, then it may be time to give MD Paving a cal l. It may be that you require a new driveway – but this can be discussed on inspection from one of our team. All our work comes with a warranty, with references available and a free no-obligation quote will be submitted.

4. Remember to keep your driveway in a good condition

When it does snow, try and move it as soon as possible. Once it becomes compacted and forced into cracks, problems start to occur. If you need to gain traction, try to use sand instead. Once the snow has melted, we will be happy to advise you what sealers to use to keep your new driveway in tip-top condition. Just remember that a proper maintenance routine is required, no matter which driveway you choose. This will prevent expensive repair and help your driveway to last for many years to come.

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Bespoke Commercial Leeds Driveways and Landscaping Solutions by MD Paving

Not only do MD Paving offer driveway and paving services to residential customers, we are experts in Commercial Leeds Driveways projects too.

Commercial Leeds Driveways – Throughout our 25 years in the industry, MD Paving have undertaken many projects of varying scope for a number of commercial clients in the Yorkshire area. This is achievable due to the varied skill set of the MD Paving team. Being experienced and knowledgeable contractors, means we’re able to offer a quality service to a varying range of clients.

From the initial concept stages, all the way through to completion, we are committed to making your creative visions a reality. Whether you are a private business, local authority or otherwise, we are confident to offer a solution which will meet your needs.

Our Commercial Leeds driveways work has covered a range of efficiently designed car parks on a vast scale. Not to mention estate driveways and restaurant outdoor spaces. Irrespective of the complexity or size of a project, our high standards and attention to detail shine through.

We are also experienced with working alongside housing developments. Using our technical proficiency, we excel in working with block and stone to produce patios, footpaths and driveways. In doing so, the team consistently produce quality work on a sizeable scale.

Examples of our Commercial work

First impressions count, so you really want to impress your visitors. Examples of our work can be viewed below. Alternatively, please see our selection in the photo gallery

Not forgetting that all our commercial Leeds driveways work comes with a guarantee. We only use the highest quality materials, from the top leading industry brands.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements. We offer a free site visit and inspection, including a free no obligation quotation and will be more than happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.

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Harrogate driveway owners, Leeds driveway owners – have you thought about renting yours out?

Would you rent your Harrogate driveway?

Harrogate driveway, Leeds driveway – have you thought about renting yours? There are thousands of savi home-owners across the country who are earning extra cash by renting out their driveways. Commuters and shoppers are happy to pay and homeowners and they can earn literally earn hundreds of pounds each year by renting theirs out.  

Town parking and city centre parking can be so expensive, so renting a driveway, is by far a cheaper alternative. One company who puts customers and residents together is Just Park. They have many householders on their books and provide hundreds of residential parking spaces. One driveway owner said he rented out his driveway after seeing a TV programme and has not looked back since. It’s money for nothing and absolutely minimum effort, however, your driveway does need to be in good condition.

They can list your space for free and control availability whilst renting out your space at a time which suits. That could be 9 to 5 or 24/7 and with regular payments going straight into your bank account, it couldn’t be easier.

Who wants to rent your Harrogate driveway?

Leeds and Harrogate have some expensive public parking spaces, so there is definitely a growth in driveway rentals. Visitors, shoppers, travellers and commuters are always looking for cheaper parking fees. So will be able to command a higher price if you live near an airport, city centre or an event space.

However, one bit of advice is to make sure your driveway is fit for purpose. If your driveway is not cared for, any damage caused to vehicles could land you in trouble. If you’re planning on renting out your Harrogate driveway, then maybe you’ll need to get in touch with your local driveway/paving contractor to tidy things up. Making sure your driveway is presentable and fix any broken paving or tarmac.


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Need a driveway contractor this Springtime?

Your local driveway contractor can install a beautiful new driveway in time for Spring!

It’s that time of year folks, when you need to be thinking about the outside of your property and getting it ready for Summer. During those lighter days your driveway is on show and the first thing visitors see. So the best way to upgrade? Install a new driveway or beautiful block paving, which we promise, can really make all the difference.
There are many options available to you, which can perfectly match your budget. Here are just some examples of what you can do.

Block Paving

A great way to add a unique design and colour is to lay block paving. Did you know that there are approximately 1,200 types to choose from? Think about the colour and style you want. It’s now super easy to get the design you want, which also compliments your home. Block paving offers an attractive, but more importantly, long term driveway solution. You could also consider part block paving which would give you a contrast of materials, especially to tarmac. It’s an instant refresh to any home.

Resin and Tarmac – great alternatives to block

Resin driveways look stunning if installed properly. The long lasting, durable surface is great to repair and extremely resistant to climate conditions. Tarmac is extremely easy to install, durable, easy to maintain and great value for money.

You could brighten up a concrete driveway

Polishing concrete with one of our machines, will give your driveway a new shine, leaving it spic and span. This type of driveway can be grinded, resurfaced and polished by your driveway contractor, to achieve a truly slick looking surface.

Maybe accessorise your garden

You can also accessorise by lining your driveway with flora. Trees, bushes and flowers can all be used to frame your driveway, making it more inviting. Think about planting perennials such as evening primrose of chrysanthemum. Green spaces, interspersed with borders of block paving can look wonderful.

Lighting up your driveway will also provide extra safety and an easier way to navigate. Plus new technologies provide solar lighting, with no electricity needed, providing beautiful light.

So don’t neglect your driveway and give MD Paving a call today! We have a fantastic 25% off block paving Leeds, driveways and patios if booked before the end of January!
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Beautiful driveway created by your local driveway contractor

Tips on de-icing your block paving or tarmac driveway

Winter tips – 5 ways to de-ice your block paving or tarmac driveway.

Has winter turned your block paving or tarmac driveway into a skating rink? If so, read on as we list the most effective ways to keep your tarmac driveway ice-free. Also tips on how to prevent the snow and ice from accumulating on your driveway in the first place.

Rock Salt

The most common way for you to de-ice your tarmac driveway is to use grit or as it’s more commonly known ‘rock salt’. It’s great to use because it’s cheap and pretty much available everywhere.  The UK drops about five million tonnes of the stuff every year, so a popular choice. But the downside is it contains chloride and cyanide making it very dangerous for animals and plants.

Use a shovel

Preventing the snow from building up will prevent ice from forming. So probably the most effective way to de-ice your tarmac driveway is shovelling snow as soon as it falls. This method is green and works 100% of the time. Just takes a little effort and braving the wintery conditions.

Green products

There are a number of green products for de-icing on the market, which are advertised as environmentally friendly or all-natural. However, they can be expensive, corrosive or just ineffective. For example, magnesium calcium acetate is biodegradable, but will only work properly with temps -3C or warmer. Make sure you do your research before splashing out.


This is great for creating traction by making icy and snow surfaces less dangerous. The only downside is the sand can create a lumpy mess and may clog up the outside drains when the snow and ice begin to thaw.

Heat Maps

These are a means for people building a new house, or replacing what’s already there to de-ice their driveway. But for everyday use, they’re prohibitively expensive.

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Great Harrogate driveway ideas for home owners

Harrogate driveway ideas – they can make a difference to your property!

MD Paving are happy to pass on Harrogate Driveway ideas to their many customers. Sometimes making the most of a property, means thinking about the outside too. There are many options for hard landscaping, so updating your property can make perfect sense. Whether you want to make a good impression for selling your home or just keen to make it look the best it can, the following ideas can be a great addition.

Artificial Grass

Many people want the appearance of green grass, but can’t cope with the maintenance work and dealing with the upkeep and the temperamental British weather. So for an easy solution and a great alternative, artificial grass could be for you. There is still some uncertainty and hesitation with regards to laying astroturf, but the standards of production have increased ten fold making it very popular. It can be a really affordable too. A long term solution that gives lots of benefits and looks great.

Security Post

Security driveway posts are the ideal security statement. They can help achieve and compliment most driveway designs. Most of all they are simple, but highly effective. They can be used in various places on your property and will really help to deter thieves, allowing you to protect your home and car in an easier way.

Edging and Kerbing

It really can be the small things that make the biggest impact around your property. Like kerbing and edging, which has taken off in a big way, can give your house such a sense of style. Not only is it functional, but it’s a great divider between walkways and planted areas.


If you have limited space but are looking to grow things, planters are most definitely the best addition. You can use them to add a colourful area or border to your home. They can also make life a lot easier when developing flowers, plants or even vegetation. Plus there are super pretty.

Garden Water Features

Water features can be incredible if they are installed properly. They can give you something really positive, pleasant and relaxing which you are reminded of each time you arrive home. Plus, there are many water feature products on the market, no matter the size of your budget or exterior area.

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Do you need planning permission for a new driveway or patio?

Mick's FAQ's on new driveway planning permission

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Construction of new driveway

Mick’s FAQ’s – Do you need planning permission for a new driveway or patio?

Here we outline what you need to know with regards to what is and isn’t required for a new driveway:

Where planning permission for a new driveway is NOT required:

  1. There is no limit to the size of hard surface area used, if it is constructed in a permeable product.
  2. You can use impermeable hard landscaping, but provision must be made for rainwater to drain into a softer landscape. This could be grass or a specially constructed soak-away, but the area intended must be less than 5 metres.
  3. The new government legislation only affects front garden areas of the property. There are no restrictions for other areas around the house for hard surfaces at or near the ground level.

Where planning permission for a new driveway IS required:

  1. If more than 5 metres square and the rainwater from the impermeable surface at ground level has no where to run (other than into a public road or drainage system), then permission is required.
  2. If the property is a listed building.
  3. As it is the homeowners responsibility to apply for planning permissions make sure you check to see if your property borders or is on the following: World Heritage sites, conservation areas, land on national parks or areas of outstanding beauty. Always enquire in advance of any project.

Dropping kerbs for a new driveway

  1. You will also need to obtain planning permission from your local council to drop a kerb, as the pavement which is altered, may need strengthening. This may apply if you need to make access into your garden across the council footpath.
  2. This is important is will protect any services which are buried in the ground, such as drainage and water pipes.
  3. If you are not completely sure on your permission rights, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. MD Paving will be more than happy to give you the advice you need.


Finding a local driveway contractor – paving rules!

When finding a local driveway contractor, there are some golden rules you should follow! MD Paving explains just what they are and how they will help you to choose the right local driveway contractor.


  1. Never do business on your doorstep. Cold callers are usually scammers, with offers of left over tarmac. Or they could be an offering you an amazing deal, just because they are in the area for a couple of days. At this point, ‘Alarm Bells Should Be Ringing!’ There will be no come back when things go wrong, as you have no way of tracing the culprits. Politely turn them away!
  2. Always look into who you are employing as you local driveway contractor. Get an itemised written estimate and once agreed, a contract on company letterhead. The address should be traceable with a company website and logo. You should also be able to read testimonials and request references.
  3. It’s really worth while seeing if your local driveway contractor is part of a trade association, like The Marshalls Register. These prestigious organisations carry out  regular visits to paving contractors to check on working standards. Driveway installers must work to their standards, to ensure they remain on the register.
  4. Try to choose a local driveway contractor who has a proven track record, especially within your area. There’s no substitute for inspecting a contractor’s work. You can also see how it’s been put to the test and how long it has lasted.
  5. Never pay in advance. Especially If the company you are dealing with has no resources to start the job. If they have not started to dig out the groundwork or even scheduled a date, stay clear. Chances are they are not a credible business. If extra work is required once the job has started, always get the additional costs agreed.
  6. Check if the contractor has Public Liability Insurance. It’s not a legal obligation, but a reputable paving contractor will be insured.
  7. Make sure your local driveway contractor or block paving Leeds is guaranteed. Your paving contractor should offer a labour/material warranty for a certain period. Always check.
  8. When all the above checks have been done, rest assured you should be in good hands. Now you can enjoy your dream driveway!
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Your local driveway contractor!