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There are many way to buy paving:


Building Suppliers local independent or  national companies.

Specialist stone companies with local showrooms.  London stone is one of the best.  Great product advice.

Reclamation yards · be wary as they won’t alway exchange material.  Quality of materials vary, even on one pallet.

Online shops usually appear the ‘cheapest’.  Product knowledge or customer service not always great.



Getting bargins ⋅ ppaving exmouth ⋅ topsham

Always remember a ‘bargain’ is sometimes not the bargain you think in the long run.  You usally get what you pay for in terms of quality, product support and that ever important after sales service.  Again remember your own eyes are the best  judge of quality and finish.  If something appears cheap it usually is and won’t last the test of time.

That ‘bargain’  crate of stone paving can arrive.  The colour of each stone being slightly different from the next.   Some of the colours nicer than others.



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Returning stone paving exmouth ⋅ topsham

Always check your delivery before the driver leaves.  Its easier to send back/reject a crate from a local supplier.  Than from a online company who delivers via a courier.   And usually doesn’t have a crane on the lorry.  Remember you can always pickup up that extra paving slab or decking board from the local company thats only 10 minutes down the road and isn’t based in Ireland.



Avoid mismatches ⋅ paving exmouth ⋅ topsham

Marterials from different suppliers rarely match up: colour and finish and usually stickout like a saw thumb.  Colours can even vary even between batches, even when the suppliers tells you they are identical in colour in finish.   Again your eyes are usually the best judge if it doesn’t look right it rarely is!







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Many people think about sealing their patio.  Sealants prevent staining and aid cleaning.  They can be used to enhance a patios colour.  Don’t worry modern sealants don’t have that glossy sheen and have a look natural.  A good quality sealant will also allow your water to evporate from the surface of paving.  Allowing your paving to breath.



Why Seal your paving ⋅ Exmouth ⋅ topsham

There many reason why you might want to seal your patio.


Staining ⋅ Sealing will revent staining.  including food, drink and bird waste.

Cleaning ⋅ Adding a  sealant  makes the cleaning process alot easier.  Especially when using a jet wash.

Light texture stones ⋅ Particulaly prone to staining during laying process.  And through general wear and tear.

Staining during laying ⋅ Sealing paving reduces its ‘stickness’.  Motar and pointing doesn’t tend cling to stone.  Making cleaning easier and more effective.



Types of sealant ⋅ waterbase ⋅ solvent based


When adding any product.  Always test on a small area or spare slab.  A sealant will effect the stone appeaerance and can deepen its colour.

Most DIY sealants are waterbase.  Being  generally easier to apply.  Reducing the risk of problems during the sealing proccess.  They are generally safer to apply in terms of fumes and toxicity.  If theres is a problem with the finishe. Many can be removed by steam cleaning.  Water base products are generally cheap than solvent base products.  But aren’t as tough or long lasting.

Solvent based sealants include polyurethane or acrylic products.  Care must be taken when applying them.  As they will release fumes and can be toxic to skin.  We recommend employing a specialist to apply the sealant.  The sealants are hard to remove once applied.  And an uneven application will result in pooling.


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Pre-sealed paving slabs ⋅ exmouth ⋅ topsham

Many light coloured or  textured stones are prone to staining.  Especially during the laying process.  Dirty hands or pointing mixtures.  And iron and cement in your motar can seriously stain your paving.  Using  presealed stone will reduce staining  and aid cleaning.

You will have to pay extra for pres-sealed paving.  Stones can be seal on-site.  However this can be messy and time consuming process. Not recommemded during colder months.  With the sealant often not curing properly.



Sealing a new paving ⋅ exmouth ⋅ topsham

Its usually a good idea to leave a patio to bed in for couple of months before sealing.  Some patios can develope efflorescence.  The surface becomes stained with a white salts.  Caused by salts in the cemeter leaching up from the motar bed to top of the paving.  Sealing a patio can slow down or trap the movement of these salts.  Making the treatment of efflorescence more drawn out.

Make sure you patio is clean and dry before applying a sealant.  Always check the weather.  Avoid the wet.  A windy day can be a nightmare.  With leaf desbris clogging up your sealant.  Don’t apply on extremely hot days.  Paving stones quickly become hot.  Your sealant will dry unevenly.  And avoid cold conditons.  As the sealant may not cure propertly.







There are many things to consider when paving an area.  A patio’s shape.  The selection of  natural paving stone.  The location of planting beds.  The  bed’s planting scheme.  And of course drainage.



Damp coarse ⋅ air bricks

Located your damp course & air bricks.  Pave below the damp course (1500mm).  Take care paving around air bricks.



Drainage channels ⋅ paving topsham ⋅ exmouth



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Add where necessary to your paving area. Standard drainage channels:


French Drains Simplest of all.  A free draining channel filled with gravel.  Add a perforated pipe for faster drainage.

Linear Drains Concrete or rigid plastic construction. Surface water is directed into an existing drainage system or into a newly constructed soak away.

Slot Drains Similar to linear drains but more discreet.  Materials,  rigid plastic or stainless steel.








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Sometimes surface water can’t be easily fed into an existing drainage system.  Soak aways consist of a hole usually  m³ or larger.  Filled with hardcore or Aqua cells.  The sides & top lined by geotex fabric, preventing clay ingress.







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Get the gap right

If the gap too small, pointing will be harder & take longer.  Too large and the patio will look clumsy.  More pointing mix &  will take longer.  Try a gap between 5mm – 10mm!  Consider using a plastic spacer.



Check the weather

In wet weather mortar can be washed out, and stones become stained.   Avoid hard frost which can cause pointing to blister & crack.  In cold weather, consider adding a frost proof/winter mix and cover pointing at night.  Hot weather can cause drying out too  quickly.



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Easy point mix 

An alternative to traditional mortar.  Available in several colours.   Patios can  be pointed in wet conditions.



Cleaning stones

Always clean stones after pointing.  Brush off excess mortar and wipe with a sponge.  For cleaning porcelain consider using a commercial emulsifying pad.






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Date: December 14, 2018