Stone Paving vs Stone Flagging

Stone paving is used when creating hard standings like drives, patios and paths out of a wide variety of natural and man made materials. In the large part, paving has a decorative feel to it with it being normally large in surface area and therefore a highly visible element to any property or landscape.

Driveways are one of the most important features of a home and are right up there with owning a desirable kitchen/dinner and bathroom based on a resale perspective. Having an attractive and well installed driveway can add a lot of value to your home so a new drive should be seen as an investment reaping a return and also an opportunity to express your personality in your home.

Patios usually at the rear of a property are places to sit and relax outdoors after a hard or not so hard week at work and are normally the most important feature of any garden. A patio should look beautiful and be warm and inviting, encouraging you to go outside to view the garden or simply relax with a glass of wine. Whether simple in design or intricate, a patio is a start point and using other layers and textures can be transformed into something much more than a hard standing.

The amount of variations in materials and designs are numerous but the techniques and standards for what lies underneath it fall into two categories ones that will have only foot traffic like paths and patios and the other being drive ways and on occasion access roads. Below you’ll see some stone paving we did last year.

We always try to use curves and split levels to create a much deeper and visually appealing area, if the garden already has contours and shapes then all the better. Often tricky spaces like hilly or separated areas often turn into the most interesting and appealing.

Stone Flagging in Cheshire from Beauscape.com

Block stone paving –like the picture shown above on a project we did in Cheshire – I think personally looks best for driveways and comes in so many different sizes and shapes with matching or contrasting kerbs to create a traditional or contemporary look.

Stone Flagging in Cheshire from Beauscape.com

Stone flagging (like shown above) isn’t always ideal due to cars consistently driving on the same points over and over again which often causes damage and degradation of the pointing. This allows unsightly moss and muck to collect. In this kind of application the slabs need to be at least 50mm thick like York stone or a similar dense type sandstone. Strength and durability are key in letting it allow it to cope with the weight of modern vehicles, therefore standard Indian stone patio packs aren’t suitable due to the thinner slabs and lack of tensile strength.

Their are lots to choose from on the market but sandstone varieties are very popular for patios due to the amount of different colours, availability and cost effectiveness. Customers must be aware that due to its extremely porous nature sandstone should be sealed every year to prevent algae and mildew standing to become permanent.Stone Flagging in Cheshire from Beauscape.com

Man made concrete style flags are now available in so many varieties and styles now that they really are a comparative in terms of quality and effect, personally the contemporary ones look really good but the more traditional styles tend to be a look a like stone alternative which are in my opinion not good value for money considering they are more expensive than Indian sand stone by a fair margin on the large part and look like what they are which is an alternative.

Which ever paving you prefer the execution and finish of the project is paramount, paving is its own trade and it’s essential to go with a specialised block paving company to avoid disappointment. It’s one of those trades that general builders always try and have a go at and it’s obvious to see for all. Get in touch with Beauscape and see what we can bring to your property, school or workplace.

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