Choosing your patio hardscaping product is as important as choosing the foliage you want to plant around your garden. Your outdoor space needs to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing – natural stone has been a popular choice in recent years as it ticks both of these boxes.
There are a number of specific options to use outside including Brazilian riven, Portuguese bush-hammered limestone pavers, or the Brazilian tumbled slate cobbles, each bring their own unique character to outdoor living spaces.
As with all natural stone, it is important to research your slate when buying for external use to ensure that it is suitable for patio and pavement construction. Most importantly, the supplier should offer a valid CE test certificate which will indicate that the product is tested sufficiently to assess its anti-slip properties and, whether they withstand our wonderful winters.
The beauty of using Brazilian slate in outdoor projects is that it is tough and hard wearing and because it is available in a variety of thicknesses, widths and finishes it can be used in a number of landscaping projects such as water features and wall copings.
With the trend for creating seamless living spaces slate is a great flooring choice as it can be laid inside and out, and with a varied spectrum of soft blue greys through to charcoal or deep blacks, your perfect patio can be created to match a garden design theme or interior colour scheme.
Another versatile option to consider using outside is Brazilian tumbled slate cobbles. These are a new product for 2015 and provide a contemporary alternative to irregular flagstone or concrete pavers and bring a captivating and enduring beauty to your outdoor space.
For those after a romantic country style garden, slate cobbles are the ideal choice and are suitable for use on driveways, patios, pathways and pool decks thanks to their fabulous anti-slip properties.
If you’re after a fabulous contemporary space then you may want to consider the bush hammered limestone paving. This is a light neutral tile which has a textured surface, defining the natural beauty of the product. Suitable for outdoor applications this paving adds a whole new dimension to garden design and is great for use in modern urban garden spaces and has an instant visual appeal. These pavers are used outdoors and blend perfectly with other indoor limestone tiles for the perfect open plan projects.
If you’re looking to create a welcome attractive garden that not only retains its practical use for outdoor entertaining but is truly unique, choosing natural stone pavers will offer you a space that will be enjoyed for years to come. Whatever your preference for contemporary or classic, there will be a stone and finish to suit your taste.
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