Are you looking to lay or renovate a patio in Australia? With so many solutions to choose from, your hardest choice is deciding which surfacing you want. Whether you choose concrete, liquid limestone, brick or paving slabs, any surface will need regular cleaning and maintenance to remaining looking at its best. If you are considering natural stone paving slabs, here are five tips for making the most of your investment. How many have you heard of?
The biggest advantage of paving slabs over concrete-based surfacing solutions is that they can be moved to give you access to underground services such as pipes if needs be. While synthetic slabs formed with concrete are typically not reusable and are likely to break when moved, natural stone slabs can be re-laid. If having to move slabs seems likely for your patio in the future, choosing natural stone slabs such as Bluestone slabs will help you make the most out of your investment.
According to the Housing Industry Association, paving slabs made from natural materials such as stone will not only have a lower environmental impact but will last longer too. Choose natural stone slabs to ensure that your investment gives you a patio that will last.
According to the manufacturers of a leading stone sealant Resiblock, all natural stone paving slabs benefit from being sealed. You can easily enhance and protect your paving slabs with block paving sealers from brands such as Resiblock. Using a treatment is one of the best ways to protect your investment in paving slabs. With the right treatment, stone paving slabs can rival concrete and liquid limestone surfacing methods in terms of resilience, colourfastness and durability. When you start to phone around paving suppliers for quotes, ask whether sealing is included or offered for extra.
One of the best ways to ensure that your investment in paving slabs lasts is to choose lighter colours, according to a U.S. Department of Energy report. The conduction that ‘occurs when heat moves between two objects that are in direct contact with each other, such as when a sun-heated floor warms your bare feet’ can be minimized through the use of lighter coloured natural materials such as stone. This reduces the incidence of premature breakage or cracking due to heat.
According to the Australian Building Commission’s website, natural stone paving slabs require periodic re-sealing to maintain their colour. Be sure to choose firms registered with reputable associations such as the Master Builders Association to come and perform regularly maintenance work on your natural paving slabs such as bluestone pavers.
These five tips should help any homeowner choose the right slabs and take the necessary precautions to make them last for the longest possible time. What do you think of our tips? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments section below!
Today’s contributor, Tim Johnson, is an employee at Stonehub, leading installers of decorative corten screens. Tim is a movie buff and on weekends he can be found at the movies with his friends.
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