Natural Stone Paving
For thousands of years, natural stone has been the first choice for creating paved areas, and many examples of these areas still exist today. Even now, with many other human-made options available, natural products are always a trendy choice for patios and pathways. Your initial consideration is perhaps the area of use and the type of use for the paving, for example, whether it will be a family area, a dining area or a general use patio or footpath. This will help you determine the style, colour and surface profile that you should be looking for.
If you’re going to be dining on the area, you’re probably going to want a paving that doesn’t have too much of a riven profile. Otherwise, your table and chairs may rock – you certainly don’t want to spill that glass of wine! If this is the case, it’s probably worth looking at a smooth sandstone, flamed granite or even a limestone, which generally has a slightly less riven profile than the standard sandstones.
Smooth sandstones and flamed granite’s also lend themselves to more contemporary areas too with clean, machine cut edges. This is especially true when laid in a single size.
If you’re looking for a more traditional patio or pathway, it would be worth looking at a riven sandstone, limestone or slate. The term “riven” refers to the slightly uneven surface profile of quarried stone in its natural state. These products can usually be purchased in a mixed or random pattern to enhance the traditional feel.
About your colour scheme, one of the key features of natural stone is that every single piece is unique, with colour variations, natural veining and differing textures and surface profiles, ensuring that your patio or pathway is guaranteed to be the only one of its kind. Because of this, it is sometimes difficult to provide samples that adequately reflect the colours, textures and profiles exhibited from slab to slab, which is especially true for sandstones.
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