What is the right paving slab to use?
This is the most frequent question, and there are four main factors to take into consideration.
1. Style – This should complement the style of your house or garden. Also, a good rule of thumb is small areas small stones or slabs and large areas larger stones or slabs. Large slabs don’t look good in small spaces.
2. Colour – When looking for a colour you like ask yourself if you want a colour that contrasts or compliments your existing house or garden or would you want more than one colour the choice is crucial to get the look right
3. Function – As with all paving materials, it is essential that you include the use of the area in your decision making. What is it going to be used for? How much traffic, footfall will it have to endure?
4. Cost – When you look at the cost of the slabs they are typically around 20%(approximately) of the total cost – the majority which is in skilled labour, removal of debris and other materials. So choosing a more expensive stone may not influence dramatically on the overall cost.
What type of paving slabs and stones are available?
The primary selection is between:
Natural Stone – Natural stone always look good, each stone will have it’s own unique look, texture and colour which still gives a fabulous result. Unfortunately, this is the most expensive of the available coverings
Reconstituted Stone – The two most common are –
Wet Cast, these tend to weather well and have a smoother look they are a favourite product with a large variety to choose from.
Pressed Concrete Slabs – These are the cheapest they give a neat and uniformed finish, and you can choose smooth or textured/riven.