So, you have decided that you want to update your garden before summer, and have decided that you’re going to do so using stone paving. Whether you have decided that you are going to pave your entire garden, or are simply going to create a smaller patio zone – there is no doubt that you’re probably panicking, unsure what stone you should use. With such a vast range available on the market, it is no wonder that people struggle to make the best decisions – and this is why today we are going to share 5 top tips for all currently unsure what stone to choose…
- The first tip to follow when looking for stone paving is to ensure that you get samples. Most reputable stone providers will be more than happy to send out samples of their stones so that you can see what you’re going to get. You should take advantage of this wholly, and get samples of all the stones that you think you may like. Having stone samples at home can allow you to determine which options complement your home and garden and in turn enable you to make a better informed decision.
- Before purchasing any stone, you also need to decide whether you want smooth or textured paving. Riven stone is generally cheaper to purchase and works fine in the majority of situations providing that options with the right tone are selected. However, if you are going to a contemporary vibe, a smooth finish may work better for you. If you are going to opt for a smooth finish, you need to make sure that you get them sealed correctly so that they don’t stain. Some stone providers offer sealing services, which is of course advantageous.
- You also need to think about thickness. The thickness that you will need, will depend on where the paving is going to be placed – for example, if you are considering using stone paving on your driveway, thicker stones will be needed, whereas if it is in an area that isn’t going to face heavy vehicles and loads, thinner stones should be sufficient.
- Don’t simply choose the cheapest stone paving that you can find. If you do, we are certain that you will regret it. Choosing quality, slightly more expensive stone is usually a much better choice, not only because it will look better aesthetically, but also because it will last much longer.
What stone paving are you going to choose?