Properly installed, an Indian sandstone driveway is a durable long-lasting surface that can withstand virtually any amount of traffic. With the right slope, good drainage and regular maintenance, the paving stone can handle winter’s ice and snow with ease. Giving the stone paving a thorough cleaning before Old Man Winter rounds the corner is the most important part of pre-season maintenance. Follow these steps to help keep your Indian sandstone drive slip-free and stylish all winter long. Read more
Your natural stone paving patio adds both style and functionality to your home in every season, but with the onset of winter, it can take a bit of extra care to keep it safe. Although a properly installed and sloped stone patio rarely freezes over when temperatures plummet, even perfectly paved patios benefit from seasonal maintenance. Here are the tips you need to prevent your stylish stone paving patio from turning into a hazardous ice rink.
The home improvement market is particularly buoyant thanks to improved confidence, the home renovation incentive tax scheme, home energy grants and a pent up demand following several years of reduced activity. We are delighted to be a part of this long running Home and Garden exhibition in the RDS Dublin. Drop in for a chat and any advice you require on Stone Cladding or Stone Paving projects you wish to embark on.
Nearly 10,000 visitors attend the show each year to get ideas, inspiration and advice on how to build, extend or transform their home. S&N Granite will be displaying some of the finest Stone Paving and Stone Cladding products along with a range of garden ornaments. We are always delighted to offer tips and advice on granite and natural stone products.
Not too long ago, paving styles were restricted to traditional patterns and designs, but the extensive selection of stones, shapes, sizes and colours that are available today have expanded your options. Now, you can mix and match styles to your heart’s delight, creating a design that’s unique for your application. Whether you prefer a rustic or a sophisticated look, the sky’s the limit when it comes to finishing your stone paving installation in high style.
Traditional patterns like herringbone, running bond and basket weave remain popular paving styles. Their interlocking patterns add durability and strength as well as visual interest to the design. For a twist on the traditional look, consider adding a colourful border in a contrasting colour and pattern. Borders give paths, patios and driveways a crisp, tailored look that adds a note of sophistication to simple paving stone styles.
Limestone paving is an extremely popular choice for patterned designs. The soft even-toned shades available in limestone paving make it easy to mix and match colours to create a coordinated yet distinctive design. Start by selecting a colour palette that complements your home’s architectural style and suits your personal taste. For a pleasing random-looking pattern, choose square and rectangular paving stone in different sizes.
The latest trend in mixing and matching paving styles is to incorporate living plants into the design. Whether it’s filling the gaps between randomly laid paving slabs with a ground cover or allowing a pattern to trail off haphazardly into bordering flower beds or grass, plants soften the look of paving designs. You can even create pockets in a patterned path or patio design for seasonal annuals. When it comes to finishing off a paving design in style, the only limit is your imagination.
Now that you have a better understanding of the benefits of mixing and matching stone paving for your patio or driveway check out our range of paving slabs here or visit us in our display area in Camolin, Co. Wexford and one of our sales team will give you the best advice around your paving options.
A stepping stone path made with paving slabs not only helps protect your feet from mud and moisture but can save your lawn and garden from being trampled underfoot as well. Creating a stepping stone pathway with stone paving is an easy DIY project, one that you can typically complete in a single day.
Planning the Design
Use garden stakes and heavy string or cording to establish your pathway’s boundaries and to ensure that the paving slabs stay level as you lay them down. Consider the stride of the people who will be using the path when laying out your design so that there’s a surface underneath for each step. Stepping stone paths can be laid in either straight or curved designs. For curved designs, tighten the spacing on the inside edge of the arc and widen it on the outside edge.
Preparing the Surface
If laying your path across a lawn, use an edging tool to cut out the outline of each stone, and then cut deep into the lawn with a spade to remove the turf and its roots. For each stone paving slab, dig down to a depth that’s equal to the stone’s thickness plus at least four centimetres. Take measurements from the mason line running from each corner garden stake to ensure that depths are even.
Laying the Base
Create a supportive base for your stone paving using crushed stone or gravel. Use a rake to level the base and a hand tamper to compact it. Pour a thin layer of sand over the base to use as a levelling course so that you can nudge the paving stone into the perfect position. Set the sand by spraying it with a fine mist of water before laying the stones.
A well-designed stepping stone path helps you control the natural flow of foot traffic through your landscape whilst adding functionality and artistry to your garden as well. For long-lasting results, choose quality precision-cut paving slabs from S&N Granite. Our extensive selection ensures that you’ll find the perfect choice for your stepping stone path.
Contact us through our contact page for any enquiries or visit our expansive outdoor stone paving and garden display area in Co. Wexford.
When it comes to choosing paving stone for your home or garden, you can select materials from stone paving suppliers that will either blend in with architectural details like window sills and door arches or that will stand out in stark contrast. Both approaches can achieve pleasing results. Great home design contains both unifying elements and contrasting components. The following tips can help you match your paving stone to your personal style. Read more
Today’s busy home-owners are looking for flooring materials that are not only beautiful but durable and easy to maintain as well. Whether made from limestone, granite, slate or sandstone paving, natural stone meets your functional requirements whilst offering you a rich and timeless look that’s impossible to duplicate with any other kind of material. Here are just some of the additional reasons why you should considering paving your home with natural stone. Read more
There are few things in life more pleasurable than enjoying the beauty of nature, and it’s even more appealing when the view is of your own garden at home. When it becomes hard to see your garden’s best features for the forest of wild growth that surrounds them, however, it’s time to think about ways to add order to the landscape. Hardscaping features like stone paving, patios and landscaping rocks help define your garden’s boundaries, borders and beds, providing the visual contrast that you need tame nature’s wilder side. Read more
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