Paving slabs are available in a vast range of styles, patterns and textures. From natural stone paving to more modern engineered slabs. MJS can source all types of paving slabs at trade prices.
Natural Stone paving or Man made slabs
The price of paving has change over the last few years, Natural imported stone has become cheaper whilst the cost of many of the man made paving slabs has risen. There is now very little difference in cost between a quality indian sandstone and the pressed concrete equivalent.
Natural Paving Slabs
Natural paving slabs are slices of larger rocks which are then calibrated into similar thickness's. Often there is variation of up to 10 mm sometimes within one slab, for this reason more care has to be taken when laying natural paving. An individual bed of mortar has to be prepared for each slab and often adjusted to enable the lb to sit at the right height to the slabs around it. For this reason installation is a little slower and slightly more expensive. With most natural stone the surface texture from one slab to the next can also vary dramatically with natural faults such as lines of other rock running through them and an uneven surface. Natural paving is very popular for those who do not like a formal man mad look.
Most paving slabs require sub base consisting of crushed limestone or similar aggregate compacted witha whacker plate. The thickness of the sub base required depends on the paving slabs used and how firm the ground is. Some types of paving slabs can then be laid on compacted sand whilst we prefer to lay all our patios on a solid bed of mortar for a lasting surface that will not move. We do not use the dot and dab method, despite being the quickest and easisest this means that there are voids beneath the patio that can fill up with water before freezing and destroying your patio.