Imagine a scenario – A person takes a walk along a garden; occasionally, he touches a plant, or rests on the teak wood swing in the garden. However, it is his feet that are in constant touch with the ground – the paving of the garden.
Before you ask – what's so unique in that – think about the amount of foot traffic those paved areas have to face. Hope you can now realise the importance of choosing the correct product for paving the path.
There's another trend that is setting in these days. In spite of composite paving being the common choice, stone paving is making a comeback. From the usual – limestone and sandstone, options vary to gravel and slate. So, bricks and concrete have stiff competition!
Before you choose a composite structure or quarried stone for paving your garden area – how about scrolling down to get a better view of these products? You will surely have a greater idea!
Checking the options available in stones:
1. Quarried stone:
The most stylish and nuanced amidst all the paving materials! Whether shaped irregularly, or cut according to precision – they bring a different spark to a landscape.
It is durable and has a number of variations in terms of colours. From tan brown, pink, honey yellow and green to dark grey and blue – one can have the widest range. Plus, it is also durable.
Price range: 10-25 per square foot.
These are evenly coloured, primarily available in – cream, greyish shades and tan and can be shaped into decorative pieces.
Price range: 8-25 per square foot.
For getting attractive textures within a limited budget, this is one of the best products for paving.
Price range: 2-7 per square foot.
Though this is available in various hues as – pastels, lavenders and muted shades – this is best suited for shaded areas!
Price range: 6-10 per square foot.
Lilac grey to blue grey – these are available in various shapes and are also easy on pocket.
Price range: 4-15 per square foot.
What to know:
a) When one uses stone for paving, one must make sure that there is a thickness of minimum 2 inches. This better supports the landscape.
b) Make sure that you avoid flagstones, cobblestones and those which are finely honed. They, in most cases, stick to the ground and disrupt the look of that area. Flat stones are better.
c) Checking the colour of the stone when it is wet is important. Imagine – after a night of heavy shower, the honey tanned granite turns into a golden orange hue!
d) While using limestone specifically, one must be careful because, acid rain can ruin the texture of limestone.
Composite materials – Old, as they say, is gold!
Quite in stark comparison to quarried stones, composite materials – specifically brick and concrete (including poured concrete) can be customised and is easy to install. Also, they are comparatively flexible in nature and offer to its users a myriad of textures, hues and styles.
Brick: This is easily available, can be customised and goes with almost every setting. Since it has a warmer texture, it harmonizes the best with plants. So, whether you are looking at a garden estate type or a simple cottage garden type – it works for both.
Price range: 8 – 20 per square foot.
Concrete: Though most refer to it as an inferior stone, it comes in variety of sizes and colours. Also, its durability is more compared to others. Similarly, for poured concrete, one can get many colours options.
Price range: 3 – 15 (general concrete)/ 3 – 25 (poured concrete)
What to know:
a) In the concrete garden pavement, one can add little quarried stones, or precast it for a better texture and effect.
b) Bricks vary from others courtesy its durability and strength. Also, salvaged bricks have made a comeback!
So, do you have a clearer picture of which product to use for paving in Cambridge? Just make sure that during those unforgiving, harsh winters, the pavements are cleaned and protected. Take care and choose the one suited for your home!