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How to choose a patio option

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  • When selecting a patio paving style, it is important to consider the size and shape of the space, the overall design aesthetic of your home, and your budget. Consider which materials and colours will best complement your home and create a cohesive look. Additionally, consider the amount of maintenance and care the material requires. Once you have narrowed down the choices, take a look at pictures of different paving styles to see which one you like best. If you are still unsure, consult a professional for professional advice.


    There is plenty of paving options to choose from (more than we can list) But we have given you a short description of some of them.


    Flagstone is a sedimentary rock that is split or cut into flat layers. They are available in a range of colours textures and shapes: uniform and irregular. This allows them to be highly customisable and gives garden designers scope to create an outdoor space which is stylish and practical.

    Flagstones are the go-to time-proven option for creating beautiful spaces for families to enjoy and live in. They provide great value for money and if properly maintained can last decades.


    Ultimately what flagstone to choose is an aesthetic and cost choice.


    The following are some of the most common flagstone types:



    Comonly imported from India this paving option provides a range of beautiful natural colours which allows it to be extremely versatile in its applications. Durable and not prone to fading if properly maintained Indian stone is the most popular garden patio option. 



    Limestone pavers are strong, durable, with great non-slip properties and can withstand the elements. They are naturally smooth with less “ridges”. Limestone most commonly comes in lighter colours such as white, yellow blue and grey. But is also available in black.



    Sandstone is a sedimentary rock composed of small grains of quartz and other minerals. It is strong and durable, making it a great option for patios and other outdoor areas. Sandstone is also resistant to changes in temperature and weathering, meaning that it can withstand wear and tear over time. Additionally, its natural appearance and variety of colours make it popular for landscaping projects.



    Bluestone is a type of sandstone that is naturally heat, fade, and stain resistant. It is an ideal material for patios because it is durable, low maintenance, and aesthetically pleasing. It is also relatively easy to install and can be cut into various shapes and sizes.



    Slate is a type of metamorphic rock but is often referred to as a flagstone. It is extremely popular as a provides a vibrant colour uniform colour and is easy to manufacture as it splits into thin layers, but is durable and survives harsh weather conditions.



    – Flagstones are durable and long lasting, making them a great choice for patios.

    – Flagstone is a natural material, making it an environmentally friendly option.

    – Flagstone provides excellent drainage and can be laid in a variety of patterns, shapes and sizes.

    – Flagstone patios are attractive, adding value to your home.




    – Flagstone patios can be expensive to install and require professional installation.

    – Flagstones may require regular maintenance such as sealing and cleaning to keep them looking their best.

    – Flagstone is a heavy material and can be difficult to transport and install.

    – Flagstone is slippery when wet and can be difficult to walk on.

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    Granite is a very popular decorative stone used in countertops and flooring. It is a natural igneous rock which has a granular texture and is available in a range of colours and tones. The differing colours can mean a range in price. With more uncommon colours being more expensive.




    -Durable and long-lasting – Granite is one of the toughest materials around and is not easily scratched or chipped. This makes it an excellent choice for a patio because it can withstand heavy foot traffic and the elements.

    -Low Maintenance – Granite is very easy to clean and maintain. Its nonporous surface resists staining and mold, so you don’t have to worry about it getting dirty or dingy.

    -Aesthetically Pleasing – Granite can be found in a variety of colours and patterns, so you can easily find a patio design that matches the look of your outdoor space.




    -Expensive – Granite is one of the more expensive patio materials, so it may not be a good choice if you’re on a budget.

    -Heavy – Granite is a heavy material, which makes it difficult to install and transport.

    -Slippery – Granite is a very slippery surface, so you may need to use a non-slip coating or add grip strips to make it safer.


    Marble is a metamorphic rock available in a variety of colours from light to dark. Marble patio tile is a popular choice for outdoor areas because it has a timeless, elegant appearance. Marble patio tiles are durable and can provide a luxurious and elegant look to a patio or outdoor living space.



    – Marble patio tiles are extremely stylish and elegant, making them perfect for outdoor spaces. 

    – Marble is extremely durable and resistant to scratches and wear, making it a great choice for outdoor use. 

    – Marble is also very easy to maintain, only requiring periodic cleaning and sealing to keep it looking great. 




    – Marble patio tiles can be quite expensive, making them unaffordable for some homeowners. 

    – Marble is also quite heavy, and can be difficult to install.

    – Marble is also porous, making it more prone to staining than other materials. Regular cleaning and sealing is necessary to prevent discolouration.


    A porcelain patio tile is a type of ceramic tile that is made from a special type of clay and fired at extremely high temperatures. It is highly durable and resistant to wear, making it an ideal choice for outdoor patios. Porcelain patio tiles come in a variety of colours, sizes, and textures, allowing for a wide range of design options.




    – Porcelain tiles are extremely durable and are resistant to fading, cracking, and chipping.

    – Porcelain tiles are waterproof, making them ideal for outdoor patios.

    – Porcelain tiles are also very low maintenance, requiring only occasional sweeping and mopping.




    – Porcelain tiles can be expensive, depending on the size and type.

    – Porcelain tiles can be slippery when wet and require special treatments to make them slip-resistant.

    – Porcelain tiles may need to be sealed and re-sealed periodically to keep them looking their best.


    Block, brick and cobble.

    All variations of the same building technique brick patios can be customised with colours, shapes and patterns to fit the desired style and preferences. Brick pavers are the less common option for garden patios but are more commonly used for driveways and car parks.



    -Long lasting and durable and require little maintenance.

    -More affordable than some options.




    -Require a skilled professional to install them properly, ensuring they are correctly sealed.

    -Can sink or shift due to tree roots.

    -Can be stained if not cleaned or maintained (power washing is a great option).


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