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Last edited 07 Dec 2018
Patios can be a great place to socialise and relax, as well as adding extra value to a property. But there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to having the perfect patio. One of the things that must be considered is the type of stone to use, and there are a lot to choose from.
One of the most popular choices when it comes to choosing stone paver is sandstone. Sandstone is incredibly easy to install as well as being very durable and versatile, making it long-lasting – perfect for the patio environment.
However, it is important to ensure that it is sealed correctly because sandstone succumbs to staining easily. Also, when cleaning sandstone, make sure to stay away from solutions that contain acid or alkaline substances, as this will break down the seal, and possibly the sandstone.
Limestone is a beautiful natural stone that is formed from the skeletal remains of organisms like coral. Because of its natural beauty, it is used as a building material all around the world, especially in Mediterranean countries. As well as this, limestone is durable, meaning that it can be used for outdoor floorings, such as patios, as well as indoor flooring.
Limestone comes in an array of different colours, from dark browns to light creams. Because of this, different types of limestone can be arranged so that they can form a beautiful patio. However, when it comes to installing limestone, make sure to use the right equipment, because limestone is very strong, dense, sturdy, and durable, meaning that it can be quite a challenge to install.
In the UK, slate is a material that is used in anything from roofing and garden accessories to patios and indoor tiling. One of the main benefits of using slate is that it is incredibly strong, meaning that it can withstand the elements when used outdoors. Because of how the slate is oriented, it is incredibly easy to make uniform patio tiles made of slate, which increases the aesthetic of the end result.
Another benefit is that, unlike the other types of stone, it is unaffected by acid, so it can be placed directly onto soil without the risk of any corrosion occurring. Again, just like limestone, slate is incredibly dense, making it difficult to manage and manoeuvre around the garden, so make sure it is known exactly what is wanted so that it isn't necessary to move it around.
Concrete is a composite material that is composed of a coarse aggregate material that is bonded with cement. Concrete is used a lot in housing foundations, as well as being used in large-scale infrastructure, predominantly due to its relatively high compressive strength.
Concrete patios have a lot of benefits associated with them, such as the fact that they are easy to maintain and repair, they are incredibly durable, they are very strong, and they can be installed much quicker than the stone patios we mentioned previously.
--Heritage Builders Ltd 14:23, 25 Apr 2017 (BST)
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