How Do I Choose Patio Paving Slabs
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How to Choose The Right Paving For Your Patio
The first thing to consider when choosing the right paving for your patio is your design and aesthetic preferences. This can be anything from colour, the size of the slabs, the materials or the pattern the slabs will be laid in.
For example, if you have an open plan kitchen with sliding doors, you might want the paving on your patio to match these. If you prefer a more organic look, you might want to incorporate plants into the design and surround the tiles with gravel to give a more natural feel. So really, it all comes down to your style and preference.
Ask yourself if you would like a more modern/contemporary feel or a traditional/classic type of patio.
Next, think about how much the patio will be used and the weather conditions that it is going to be exposed to; you want your patio paving slabs to be practical.
Also, will your paving be surrounding a pool or water features? Some slab materials absorb water better than other materials, and some, when wet, can be very slippery and hazardous.
If you're expecting your paving slabs to be used regularly and get quite dirty (for example, on driveways), it might be best to opt into some hard-wearing dark coloured slabs. These will be low maintenance and won't have to be cleaned as often as light coloured porcelain paving.
If your outdoor paving is going to be exposed to excessive use by dogs, children etc., then the best paving choice would be those that come in darker colours, for example, slate paving or even block paving, as they are available in a wide range of colours.
Although porcelain slabs come in lighter colours normally, they are generally easy to clean and are non-slip. The downside to these slabs is that they are more expensive and can take longer to install.
There is a range of paving options to be fitted into your outdoor space, so take a look at your options before you start your project and seek advice from professionals.