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Paving Choices

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.

Man Made Paving

The main difference netween man made slabs and natural stone slabs is the thickness. Man made slbs are generally all the same thickness and therefore faster to lay. The bedding layer can be made for multiple slabs prior to laying making the instllation slightly cheaper.

Man made slabs lso have a more uniform texture and less variation in the surface of the slab.

A small paved area such as the paving circle in the image to the left can add decorative touch to a relatively simple low maintenance garden.

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.

Paving Installation

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.

Please use the online enquiry form to arrange a paving quotation or give us a ring via our contact page.