Natural Stone Slabs
Natural Stone Paving
We now offer a range of luxurious sandstone and limestone paving products, with a choice of both modern and traditional floor finishes for the home and garden. Sourced direct, our paving products are of the highest quality and come in a range of colours and textures.
Our natural premium sandstone paving collection remains our most popular range. This premium sandstone paving includes a wide variety of colours, sizes and features which make it ideal for both indoor and outdoor living spaces.
Ideal for your garden patio and available in a full range of beautiful natural colours.
Our premium sandstone paving is gently riven in texture and each piece is handpicked and cut, with the natural variation in tones and natural veining, which means that each piece is absolutely unique. Together, they combine to make a beautiful blend of colours and overall tone.
Colours vary in all natural stone products, all the images shown are as a guide only.
What is natural stone paving?
Natural Stone Paving is a type of outdoor paving frequently used in landscaping projects for sidewalks, patios and courtyards.
Different natural types of stone are used for paving. Most commonly used are Sandstone, Limestone, Travertine, Marble Granite, and Basalt.
As the name suggests natural stone paving is not a manmade product. Stone Paving is mined at a quarry by digging, cutting, or blasting.
Then the stone leaves the quarry in blocks of up to 10 tonnes and is being sent to stone cutters. There the paving is hand-cut and sent for finishing. Once the paving is finished it is sent to wholesalers. This process can take 8-12 weeks.
Why is natural stone good for paving?
When considering natural stone and concrete, the former is much more durable, because the natural stone has been naturally formed for thousands of years.
It can definitely pass the test of time and many people argue that as stone paving age, it actually looks even better with time.
Natural Stone will not only add character to your property but also can increase its total value, which makes it a good investment.
Stone Pavers are also easy to maintain. They are naturally resistant to frost and you can just hose them down if you are worried about moss or mildew.
One of the huge benefits is the environmental impact. The process of Natural Stone Pavers manufacture is kinder to Earth than concrete. It can be processed using low energy machinery that does not require fuel-burning processes, resulting in low CO2 emissions during production.
Stone Paving can also get a second life. After its initial use, it can be used as reclaimed paving or crushed for aggregates.
From limestone to sandstone we always look into increasing our range of natural stone paving for your convenience.
What are the types of natural stone paving?
There are many different types of natural stone: Sandstone, Limestone, Travertine, Marble Granite, and Basalt.
The difference is between the original rock that it’s mined from.
Granite is produced from an Ingenious rock.
Marble and Sand are produced from a Metamorphic rock.
Sandstone, Yorkstone, Limestone & Travertine are produced from Sedimentary rock.
Is natural stone more expensive than concrete?
Because of the natural origin and due to the mining process natural stone is more expensive than brick or concrete paving slabs.
Typically natural stone paving tiles are 10-15% more expensive than standard concrete slabs.
Installation of natural stone is also more time consuming due to different sizes of slabs that make the end effect so great on the patio.
Is sandstone paving slippery when wet?
One of the biggest advantages of natural stone paving is that they are not slippery at all, even when they’re wet.
Though they are not slippery, some natural stone slabs are more suited around swimming pool areas than others.
For example, slate paving tiles are designed to maintain traction on a slippery surface.
Bluestone paving, as well as sandstone, limestone and slate, are being made with a thermal finishing to make the stone surface rugged and anti-slip.
Marble paving slabs have the same quality, so even though they look slippery, in reality, they are not.
How thick are natural stone slabs?
Sandstone and other variations of natural stone paving these days are calibrated at depth of 18-22mm thick.
This norm has changed over the years. 10 years ago, for example, the usual depth of stone paving slabs used to be 25-35mm thick.
Though the thickness of stone paving tiles has reduced over the years, there is no need to worry about the resilience of your patio.
A thickness of 18-24mm will be perfect for withstanding foot traffic on your patio.
How to lay sandstone paving?
It’s always worth looking for a professional when it comes to laying a patio or a driveway.
But, depending on your circumstances you may consider doing it yourself.
The most important when laying down the patio with stone paving is planning.
First, what you will need to do is find out how much stone paving you need. Therefore you will want to calculate the size of your patio project in square meters. Just multiply the length by the width of the area you are looking to pave.
Remember to take into consideration any curved areas and odd spaces. You may need to buy additional pavers to cut them into the size and shape of your patio.
The next step is marking the area. You can use a building line, rope, spikes or chalk powder.
Following this, excavate the area to be ready for the base material.
Usually, for general foot traffic, a depth of 4-6” of the base material is going to work well.
For the stone pavers base, you should use rough-edged gravel, like roughly crushed stone.
Next, level the base material, while making sure the base is hard and lay a sand bedding – around 1.5” thick and not more.
Now you can start laying your natural stone pavers.
The best practice is to start at the edge of your patio, so you don’t walk on the sand bedding.
Once the slab is in place, use a rubber mallet to tap the slab down evenly.
Some sand will come up during this princess. If that happens, just use a brush or other tool to press it evenly in the gap. As soon as the slab is laid and tapped down with a mallet, you can fill more sand into the joints.
Before your seal, the stone paving, spray them mildly with a jet of water and let it dry.
After the patio has dried, seal the patio with a quality sealant.
Natural stone is a porous material. Sealing helps repel the water and other liquids.
Sealing your natural stone patio paving will increase the durability in appearance and save the colour of your stone from fading.