Paving and patios are an essential part of any outside surface. A correctly laid patio will last for decades and is by far the most robust way to clad outside spaces. Having said this what paving you choose will depend on various factors. Budget, style, use, safety, and other garden features all can influence the type of paving you choose.
Usually a new patio is planned into a garden design or theme including transitions from the home onto a patio. Paving style is a major factor when deciding the right paving for you. Most of our Buckinghamshire clients usually have an idea of what paving they would like. We will always point our if their choice is a practical option for their garden.
Some potential customers love the idea of cream, porous, natural stone paving. This is fine but if you have over hanging trees, regular bird droppings, and many wild creatures this can be a tricky choice. Cream, light grey and white paving even with heavy sealants will look awful after a few years of these conditions. We feel it is our responsibility to our Buckinghamshire customers to advise on these forward thinking garden elements.
Any paving type or style can be integrated into any garden. You may need to except that other than the patio itself other garden features may need to change.
Usage is a very important consideration of a new patio. If you have young children it is good to have as much grip as possible. Textured paving or riven natural stone can be the best option here especially if your garden is usually wet. As well as adding anti slip attributes to your patio visual textures can add a satisfying atheistic to garden surfaces.
If your patio is exposed to damp shady conditions it is good to use as impervious paving as possible. The more absorbent you’re paving is the more likely it will suffer from algae build up. This can turn your paving a green and even black in colour. Absorbent paving or paving which flakes i.e. some metamorphic stone can also fall victim to frost action in damp conditions.
It is good to think about what loads your paving will be exposed. Paving load is usually a factor of underlying patio base work. Soft textured natural stone however is not advised for anything heavier than human traffic.
Bear in mind that your new patio will have to endure sometimes unforeseeable rigours of outside living. Wine spillages, spitting barbecue fat, muddy foot prints and wildlife gifts will end up on the surface of your new paving.
Paul Nicolaides has over 30 years of recreational gardening and 20 years of professional landscaping experience. He has worked for landscape contractors including design and build practices across London and the South East. In 2006 he qualified with a BA Hons degree and post graduate diploma in Landscape Architecture. In 2009 he founded Ecospaces an ecological landscaping practice which aims to improve social cohesion and reduce climate change through landscaping. In 2016 he founded Buckinghamshire Landscape Gardeners which designs and builds gardens across Buckinghamshire and the South East. This blog aims to provide easy problem solving information to its audience and encourage others to take up the joy of landscaping and gardening.