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How To Choose Paving Slabs

Posted on 2nd December 2022

Whether you have an existing patio that needs freshening up or want to design an entirely new paved area, creating a new patio is a fun project. At Stone & Surfaces Direct, we have an excellent choice of paving slabs to help you design the garden of your dreams.

When it comes to choosing the right product for your patio, the decision might seem hard to make at first. Despite there being so many options available, choosing the right slabs is simple once you understand the key differences.

To help, here are the distinctive differences between the most popular paving types on the market today.

Natural stone paving

The most traditional type of patio slabs are made from natural stone materials, such as sandstone, limestone, slate and granite. At Stone & Surfaces Direct we have a huge variety of natural stone paving available to make it easy to find the right product to suit the colours and style of your property.

You will also find that natural stone often has stunning variation in texture with each stone, which brings instant individuality and depth to your patio.

For example, with sandstone paving you will notice that no two slabs are exactly alike and that the tone and colour is different depending on the lighting and weather conditions.

Limestone paving brings a riven texture to a patio, with deep colours that will mellow slowly over time. This is a great way to add transformative dimension to your garden; you can also seal the slabs to preserve the richer colour.

Slate patio slabs are best suited to contemporary or rustic settings, from smooth linear grey slabs to complement a modern garden or rusty-toned patio tiles that look excellent in a country garden, the choices are endless.

Porcelain paving

Porcelain paving is the latest advancement in paving solutions and is praised for its hard wearing, dirt-repelling and robust capabilities.

Despite the convincing appearance of porcelain paving slabs, they are not actually made from stone at all. They are a man made simulation of carved stone and manufactured to be durable, low maintenance, and resistant to frost and algae.

At Stone & Surfaces Direct we have a wide range of porcelain paving slabs in an array of colours and styles. All replicate a natural finish and are perfect for a seamless transition from your kitchen to or dining room out to your patio area.

What’s more, porcelain slabs will not fade over time and tend to be very long lasting. While being a patio investment, they are the perfect modern, easy-care patio solution.

With over 25 years of experience distributing natural stone paving, porcelain paving, aggregates, rockeries and interior solutions worldwide; Stone & Surfaces Direct are the people to help you achieve the perfect patio, garden, or home interior.

Talk to one of our experienced stone professionals about your specific needs today.

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