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Contemporary Paving Ideas

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_Black_tumbled_granite_cobbleStone Paving has been used for many years to add both functionality and decorative appeal to both gardens and home interiors. Even though it has been used for many years this doesn’t mean that your paving can’t have a modern or contemporary look. Natural stone pavers are ingrained with the characteristics that epitomise contemporary style such as; streamlined forms, clean lines and minimal ornamentation.

1. All About Spacing

In gardens large rectangular shaped paving stones are often used as stepping stones. This can help to give a modern feel and it is a practical application as well.  You can then fill the spaces between the paving slabs with gravel or small stones which will provide ample drainage during wet weather.

2. Contrasting Colours and Textures

You can achieve many different looks by using various colours and textures of stone paving. To achieve a mid-century modern look mosaic paving designs are ideal. The recent take on mosaics is to insert a few stones with bright contrasting colours into the design.

3. Irregular Borders

Instead of using straight conventional borders you could use a border that curves with the landscape which will really catch the eye.

4. Standout Indoor Paving Trends

You can also create a contemporary design inside your home with stone paving.  Square limestone paving which is arranged in a diagonal line is a popular choice here.  The use of stone cladding on one wall in a room with paving can also add significantly to the style of the room.

To get more ideas for contemporary paving designs you can read this article in full here.

At S&N Granite we offer a wide range of stone paving materials including limestone paving and Indian sandstone paving. Visit our website or contact us for more information on any of our products or drop in and see our new paving display area in Camolin, Co. Wexford, only an hour from Dublin.

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Is It Safe to Use Rock Salt on Paving?

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Is it safe to use rock salt on paving?After investing plenty and time and money into your stone paving driveway or patio the last thing that you want to do is damage the paving by applying a substance that is not suitable for the stone. In winter you may be tempted to apply a large amount of rock salt to your paving to ensure that it is safe to walk on and that people don’t trip or fall on it. However you must take care when applying such a substance for a number of reasons.

Rock Salt Pros and Cons

Although stone is a very durable material it is still permeable, which means applying certain substances could seep into the stone and have a negative effect on it. This is particularly true of some of the softer stones such as limestone paving.  However, if rock salt is applied in small amounts it should not affect the paving and will make your paving safe to walk on.

Other Alternatives

There is a range of other alternatives to rock salt for de-icing your stone paving, however a cautious approach must be taken before applying any of these substance. You should read the instructions carefully and note what they say about using them on your type of stone paving, possibly test the substance on a small area first. Sometimes a sprinkle of grit sand will be enough to ensure your paving is safe to walk on and it is also safe a safe substance to apply to your paving.

To find out more about taking care of your paving during the winter and to read this article in full click here.

At S&N Granite we offer a wide range of stone paving including limestone paving, cobble paving and Indian sandstone paving. Visit our website or contact S&N Granite to enquire about our wide range of paving materials or visit our new display area in Camolin, Co. Wexford, which is only an hour from Dublin.

A Brief History of Paving

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Limestone Paving 2014The art of paving goes back thousands of years. The oldest known paved road was discovered by archaeologists in 1994 in Egypt and is thought to be over 6,600 years old. It is thought to have been used to haul stone in sleds from quarries for the construction of temples in Giza.

As far back as 4000 B.C. paving slabs began to be used on streets in major towns across the Indian subcontinent. Around 2000 B.C. advancements in cutting tools allowed for more widespread use of paving.

All Roads Lead to Rome

The use of paving on roads and streets took a major step forward around 500 B. C. when the romans began to use paving for their road systems. Many techniques that began in this period are still in use today such as laying the paving on a bed of sand for drainage and stability.

The Modern Era

For thousands of years paving has helped people and goods move around the world. They have also had an impact in homes and gardens, they offer opportunities to add a distinctive style to your home.

To find out more on the history of paving and to get some ideas for your paving project you can read the full article here.

At S&N Granite we supply many different categories of high quality stone paving including limestone paving, cobble paving and Indian sandstone paving.  Contact S&N Granite to enquire about our wide range of paving materials or visit our new paving display area in Camolin, County Wexford, located less than an hour from Dublin.

Stone Paving Ideas to Enhance Your Outdoor Space – Patios, Walkways, Edging For Paths & Flower Beds

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Paving for patiosOne of the great joys of living in a home which has a garden is the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature in it. Patios & walkways are two features which can help you get the most out of your outdoor area. From paving slabs for a garden walkway or the rich colours of limestone paving for a garden patio there are many options that can enhance your outdoor space.

Paving Ideas for Patios

Sandstone paving is always a favourite with customers for patio projects, this is for a number of reasons; it is very reasonably priced, it comes in a broad array of colours and a number of different shapes and sizes. Paving slabs are also popular for patios as they often blend in easily with surrounding plants.

Functional Features

If you have a large garden area around your home a garden pathway will allow your family & friends to stroll through your garden and enjoy all that your garden has to offer. Granite cobbles are often used on garden pathway projects. Then granite kerbing is used as edging for the pathway.

To find out more ideas on how to enhance your outdoor space you can read this article in full here.

At S&N Granite we offer a wide range of natural stone paving products such as paving slabs, Indian sandstone paving & limestone paving.  Contact us for more information about our products, visit our website or drop into our showrooms and see our new paving display area in Camolin, County Wexford, less than an hour from Dublin.

Which Type of Stone Should You Use for Your Patio or Driveway?

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Sandstone_and_Limestone_pavingWhen embarking on a patio or driveway project there are many options for which type of stone that you could use for your project, in this piece we will look at some of these options. However, there are usually three main factors in determining the type of stone best suited for your project these are; the specific application, your personal taste and your budget.

Driveway Applications

For driveways you need to use a stone that will be able to withstand vehicle traffic. Natural stone paving is an ideal stone to use here, it will easily be able to deal with the vehicles and can give a simple, yet elegant feel to your drive. If you are looking for something more colourful for your drive sandstone or limestone paving could be the stone for you. They are ideal for creating unique patterns.

Patios and Pathways

Many customers are often looking for something unique for their Patio or pathway this can be done by creating a pattern or design with the paving stone or by using circular shaped paving. Again Limestone & sandstone paving are both ideal to be used on patio and pathway projects.

To learn more about which type of stone that you should use for your patio or driveway you can read this article in full here.

At S&N Granite we offer a wide range of natural stone paving products such as paving slabs, Indian sandstone paving & limestone paving.  Contact us for more information about our products or drop into our showrooms and see our new paving display area in Camolin, County Wexford, less than an hour from Dublin.