If you’re thinking about paving your garden or driveway, creating a patio or taking on any other paving project, you might be wondering where to start when choosing the correct paving materials. We have compiled a list of questions you should ask both yourself and your paving supplier to make sure you get the highest quality materials and save costs over the long-term.
Where is the Stone from?
Knowing where the stone has come from might not be your top priority but it could affect the quality of the stone considerably, costing you a huge amount of money in the future. York Stone is a natural stone, quarried from the Yorkshire area and, as we own our own quarry at Yorkstone Supplies, we know exactly where it has come from and we know that it’s of high quality.
Be wary of buying cheaper, lower quality natural stones such as Indian Sandstone which can often be sourced unethically from quarries in India. Read our guide to the difference between imported and British stone here.
Quality of the Stone
As we mentioned above, the source of the stone can often affect its quality too. If you’re unsure how high quality the stone is going to be before you purchase, see if you can go and visit your supplier’s premises and see the stone for yourself. Buying high quality now will save you money and time in the future replacing worn or broken paving slabs.
Does the paving match the style of my home?
Although the quality of the stone is important, its appearance is equally as important. When purchasing paving materials, think about whether they match the style of your property. Are you going for a natural, rustic look or a more modern look? The answers to these questions will greatly impact the stone that you choose.
How will the materials I choose impact the environment?
Thinking about the impact of the materials you choose on the environment is another important factor to consider. Imported stone travels thousands of miles before it reaches your home and so contributes more to CO2 emissions than home-sourced stone. However, you also need to think about the environmental impact of the paving stone once it’s installed in your property.
Flooding has become a key issue in recent years in the UK due to excess water run-off. The problem is especially prominent in towns and cities where drain systems become overloaded and cannot cope with the extra runoff from paving and tarmac. In 2008, the government introduced new rules which mean that impermeable paving cannot exceed five square metres in a front garden unless it is angled towards a lawn or flowerbed. For larger surfaces, you will need to seek planning permission.
If you want to find out more about regulations and planning permission when it comes to paving on your property, read our quick guide here.
What purpose will the paving serve?
Knowing what your paving is going to be used for will help you to choose wisely. Will it form part of a driveway so needs to be hard wearing and durable? Or will it create a patio area in your garden so needs to match your home and be attractive?
If the stone is destined to be truly decorative, then there are even more options for you to choose from.
What is your budget?
Before starting your paving project, you must think about your budget which will all depend on the size and design of your paving project. Measure up and then speak to professionals realistically about your budget, wants and needs.
Choosing cheaper paving stone may cut costs in the short-term but it will certainly cost you more in the long-term. Opting for higher quality, slightly more expensive paving stone will ensure that you won’t be replacing the stone again in a few years. York Stone paving has been used across the world for paving projects due to its extremely durable qualities. It is also available in a range of colours and prices so there’s sure to be something to suit your project.
DIY will also help you to keep costs down and simple tasks are fine to complete yourself but for a quality finish and to make sure the paving is laid properly, you may want to consider getting a professional in. Here at Yorkstone Supplies, we offer a landscaping service to take you from the design to installation of your paving project. Our experts know exactly which stone is perfect for every building and can offer advice and guidance all the way through your project.
Can I get Samples?
If you can get free samples of the stone you’re buying then this is a great way to find out if the stone is right for your project. Match it up against your house and other landscaping materials to make sure it’s the right fit. This is also a great way to assess the quality of the stone!
At Yorkstone Supplies, we offer a range of free samples of our stone so you can assess whether it’s right for you. Please bear in mind that, as all of our stone is quarried from our very own quarry, the colouring and texture may vary from piece to piece. Please contact our team for more information about ordering free samples.