Different Paving Shapes And Patterns

How many different paving shapes and patterns are there? I mean, of course you can create any shape you wish from paving stones and slabs by cutting them to your specification… but how many different shapes are available in kit form?

I was amazed to compile this list…

nautical star (compass points)
celtic knot

These designs are usually available within a circle motif, which can be included in a larger patio paving area by using a squaring-off kit. Sometimes the squaring-off stones come as part of the overall pack, but usually not because if they’re included, people who only want the circle would waste money buying stones they don’t need and won’t use.

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Video: Dry-Laying A Celtic Knot Paving Circle

I found this really cool video of a celtic knot-style paving circle being dry-laid in 45 seconds. The celtic knot is a very cool design, available from Stonemarket in the UK.

The purpose of dry-laying is to work out how to position the paving stones in the correct arrangement which is especially important in a tricky job like this. It’s much easier to re-lay the paving stones if they haven’t been fixed. Also, with natural stone, there’s significant variation in the colour of the individual stones which makes it a good idea to dry-lay them so that you can align any specific stones based on their slightly different colour hues.

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What Happened To Wetherdale?

If you’ve been looking for Wetherdale paving from Bradstone (sometimes incorrectly spelt weatherdale), you won’t find it in the Bradstone 2010 catalogue and so you won’t find it at any retailers selling only the current ranges from Bradstone. So what happened to Wetherdale?

Well, it seems that the venerable Wetherdale range was supplanted by the shiny new Milldale range. If you’d like to check out the Milldale range of circles, just click on it in the tag-cloud to the bottom right of this page. –>

Wetherdale seems to have been phased out in 2007, so be careful if you find a stockist online because presumably they will be using up old stock. Make sure they have it available are are not just advertising it for sale when they’ve run out!

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Bradstone Suppliers – Where?

Many people wonder where they can find paving stones from Bradstone. The actual paving slabs are made by a company called Aggregate.com, who also make the Stoneflair range of stones. You can find links to the brochures for both Bradstone and Stoneflair on the right-hand side of the page. However, the manufacturer does not supply direct to the customer, so you need to find a retailer who’ll sell you the paving you’re looking for.

At Circle Paving, we offer a wide range of Bradstone (and Stoneflair) circle, octagon and other shape kits for you to easily create a feature from paving stones either as a standalone design, or as part of a patio paving area. We work in partnership with Simply Paving, who process the order and deliver the product to you, the end customer. Simply Paving also supply regular Bradstone paving slabs in a variety of finishes for if you just want plain slabs instead of a paving design, as well as stones for driveways, walling and building materials.

Since their launch in 2005, Simply Paving have supplied paving products to over 30,000 customers in the UK to become the leading online UK paving supplier. They offer great customer service, competitive prices and fast, free delivery.

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How To Lay Paving – Video

I found this video at Youtube which give a really quick indication as to how to lay paving slabs, and also how to cut a paving slab in half using a hammer and chisel.

The video says that slabs should be laid over a bed of sharp sand and a 1:5 mortar mix should be used to anchor the paving, particularly when heavy items (lawnmowers, patio furniture) will be moved across the finished paving. The mortar dabs are placed at each corner, and one in the middle, then the sides of the paving slab are buttered with mortar before the slab is laid and gently hammered into place using the shaft of the hammer. A spirit level is used the check that the slab is horizontally level. It’s easier to butter the sides of the slabs when laying them than trying to fill the gaps between them afterwards, and it avoids the possibility of mortar staining the slabs.

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Can I Lay Paving Slabs On Mud?

Can I Pave Over Mud For My Patio, As A Foundation For A Shed Or To Park My Car On?

People often wonder if they can miss out the fuss of digging up their garden/driveway, putting down substrate and jump straight to putting down paving slabs.

Well, it depends on how good you want the job to be.

If you’re going to put something on the paving, such as a shed or a parked car, it’s not a great idea to put the paving slabs on mud because they’ll subside giving an uneven base for a shed (which will warp) or the car which will be parked on uneven ground and could crack the paving when the ground freezes. If you’re only paving for decorative purposes, and only want to walk on the stones, the importance of a substrate is less. However, you still don’t want a large area, like a patio, to start shifting around and become uneven, which it will quickly do if laid onto mud.

So, the answer is, in all cases except laying individual, well-spaced paving slabs, it’s a good idea to lay a strong foundation for the paving to prevent them subsiding and ruining the job they were used for… to create a flat surface.

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3 Top Tips For Keeping Your Paving Perfect

How To Keep Your Paving Looking Great!

Most people seem to think that paving doesn’t need maintenance. Perhaps this misinformation comes from the slick salesmen who want you to think that paving is maintenance-free. Unfortunately, it’s rubbish. Nothing in life is maintenance-free!

So here are three top tips for keeping your paving in perfect condition.

Wack the Weeds

Weeds are a fact of life. When it rains, minute particles of soil are deposited on the ground, and in the case of your paving, into the joins between the paving slabs/stones. Over time, and with the addition of seeds blown in from surrounding areas, you’ll have weeds growing between the paving. Getting rid of the weeds is as simple as pulling them up, spraying with weedkiller, routinely brushing the paving to get rid of soil and seeds and using sealant on the paving to help slow the accumulation of soil and seeds.

Aggro the Algae

If you have algae, which usually grows in sheltered, damp parts of the paving, use a dilute solution of bleach to get rid of it. Leave the diluted bleach on the paving for a few minutes, then rinse well with water. You may need two or three applications of the dilute bleach, but the improvement in the look of your paving will be enormous when you’re finished.

Lose the Lichen

A combination of brushing (sometimes with a wire brush at the site of the lichen) and dilute bleach treatments (again, at the site of the lichen) will loosen the grip of the lichen and enable you to get rid of it. Try to do good maintenance to prevent lichen buildup rather than proactively trying to tackle tons of lichen with their phenomenal grip on your paving.

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