A Complete Guide to the Different Types of Paving

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There are so many different types of paving, which is fantastic – as there’s something for everybody. However, the world of paving can be tricky to navigate, especially for those without experience. With so many designs out there, different types of paving and a variety of finishes to go for, it can be difficult to know which is right for you.

Wanting to extend your driveway? Give your garden a new lease of life? Perhaps you want to give your home interior a makeover? For a number of homeowners out there, paving is the dream solution to a number of problems – but which type of paving should you pick? 

Fear not. The experts here at Infinite Paving are here to help you choose. Read on for our complete guide to the different types of paving…



What are the different paving materials?

Granite

Known for its incredible strength and resilience, granite has been the stone symbol of wealth and royalty for centuries. It is also highly versatile, meaning it can be used in any location for almost every purpose, especially in those highly trafficked areas.

Opt for traditional black granite in your kitchen and dining spaces for a chic, contemporary style, with added practicality as granite has good resistance to most stains. Or, brighten up your garden or driveway with a modern silver-grey granite, combining the seamless finish of sawn paving with granite’s hardwearing nature.

Limestone

If you want to make a bold statement in your home or garden, limestone is the paving choice for you. With natural veining and a consistent slab colouring, the stones have a sleek and tidy look, perfect for every modern home.

Limestone comes in a variety of colours, from jet black to natural yellow, so you can match your design to your home’s aesthetic. The stone is strong, durable and long-lasting, withstanding general wear and tear and even holding up in extreme weather cases.

Slate

Slate’s clean and chic look make it a firm favourite for paving in homes and gardens. Recently, slate has grown in popularity, with a wider choice of shape and sizes making it easily adaptable for every home.

Combine the deep blue undertones of Brazilian black slate with dark wood furniture for a beautiful, modern look. Or, if you’re limited with space in your garden, go for a lighter grey slate teamed with white or pale wood accessories for a bright, open appearance.

Slate is also a great option for interior paving, adding character to different rooms in your home. As it’s easily maintained and quick to clean, slate is the ideal choice for a contemporary kitchen or stylish hallway.

Sandstone

Strong, durable and with a delightfully rustic charm, sandstone is often the first choice for homeowners when it comes to outdoor paving. Composed of quartz grains and natural cementing materials, sandstone has a completely natural look and feel, with subtle marks and patterns running through it.

With a wide variety of colours, shapes and sizes to choose from, sandstone looks at home in every garden. Install a modern, sleek grey paving throughout your home and garden for an effortless extension or make your patio stand out with bold black sandstone, creating a contemporary, stylish look.

Porcelain

A modern, sleek and elegant material, porcelain creates a timeless look for your home and garden. To create the strong and durable nature, the material is heated up to around 1400°C, making it scratch-resistant and long-lasting.

Of all the different types of paving, porcelain offers a practical and beautiful finish for your home. Pave your kitchen or dining area with stunning Italian Porcelain and enjoy the modern, clean look that this impressive material creates.

Concrete 

When it comes to outdoor and indoor paving, concrete is a great option for those on a budget. Concrete is a man-made product, designed to replicate the look and feel of natural stone.

While concrete is a cost-effective paving option, it may not give you the finish you’re after. As it is artificially designed to look and feel like natural stone, it won’t achieve the same contemporary, stylish appearance.

That said, concrete is a popular choice for driveways, due to its budget-friendly, durable nature. It also comes in a variety of colours, textures and patterns, too, making it a great addition for a unique, lively property.

What are the different types of paving design?

Paving slabs

The most common type of paving stone is a paving slab – a large stone often used for gardens and patios. Paving slabs come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so you can opt for a uniform design with a single size or mix it up with multiple shapes and sizes for an individual, unique design.

Paving blocks

Blocks are smaller and thicker than slabs, making them a popular choice for driveways due to their sturdy design. The brick-shaped stones also work well for decorative edging around large slab-paved areas, including patios and garden pathways.

Cobbles / Setts

Cobbles are unique, uneven small stones, often used for decorative purposes. Similarly, setts are commonly used for feature areas – garden paths, decorative borders and edging – but are more evenly shaped than cobbles.

Circles

Another decorative paving stone are circles, arched paving blocks that make the ideal addition to large paved areas, including driveways, patios and home interiors. They can also make beautiful raised seating areas or as steps to another area within your garden.

Walling

Add a stunning feature wall to your garden or block off your beloved planters with natural stone walling. Designed to be in keeping with the natural feel of your garden, walling adds a rustic, unique touch to your home. They also require minimal maintenance – just an occasional spray with a pressure washer.

Speak to a paving expert

Depending on your budget, ideal look and garden limitations, there are a number of paving options out there to choose from.

The world of paving can be difficult to navigate, but you’re not alone. The paving experts are Infinite Paving are here to help. We understand everything there is to know about paving, from the ideal material to installation tips. Get in touch with our team today for more information about any of our paving solutions.