Which Type of Paving is Best for my Heritage Property?

Heritage properties have a distinct style, from the architecture to the original doors and windows. It’s important that their heritage paving matches this style, both for the overall appearance and to retain the value of the property.

However, choosing paving for your property can seem like a minefield if you’ve never made the choice before. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the different paving options for heritage properties and which is best for you.

Antique style paving

One of the most popular types of paving for heritage homes is an antique style paving. This type of heritage paving is given an aged appearance. So, although the paving is new and durable, it still fits in with the theme of the property.

The tumbling action that’s used to create antique paving results in a rounding of the edges of the stone. This makes the paving look as though it’s been there for years. Styles like Barley paving or Old York paving are highly popular. You can also use this style to create focal points or centre pieces that become a feature and attraction of the property.

Cobble and courtyard paving

If you’re looking for something for a traditional cottage garden, look no further than cobbled paving. It sits right at home in a cottage setting or creates a traditional ambience in a larger courtyard. Although sandstone and limestone are popular choices, clay cobbles have become the height of fashion in the last few years.

Cobbled paving creates a textured look throughout any garden, courtyard or driveway. You can even opt for sandstone cobbles that add some colour to your outdoor space.

Man-made paving

The beauty of man-made paving is that something can be created to suit your specific needs. Often, the sole purpose of manufactured paving is to match an existing heritage paving on the property. It can be difficult for similar pavings to match when they are different ages because one will be visibly more worn than the other.

Replicating the features of another type of paving can only be achieved through man-made paving. Whether you want slabs, bricks, different shapes or patterns – it’s all possible when you have your paving manufactured.

Limestone paving

Limestone offers a more elegant choice of paving. It is textured and riven but often comes in darker shades, like greys and black. The benefit of this is that your paving will look good all year round. Limestone is often flatter than other types of paving, which has several advantages. If you need your property to be wheelchair or pushchair accessible, for instance, or the paving has a lot of footfall.

Limestone is also one of the more affordable options of heritage paving. So, if you’re looking for something classy but you’re on a budget, this could be the best choice.

Natural riven sandstone paving

If you like the look of Old York paving but you don’t like the price tag, natural riven sandstone should be your go-to option. After a while, this paving will weather to look very similar to Old York. Another great thing about natural riven sandstone is it comes in a variety of colour options.

Ever thought about lilac paving in your garden? Perhaps you’re more interested in terracotta or mocha brown. When it comes to this type of paving, your options are endless. You can even create patterns or have different sized stones throughout your paving area. If you want to get creative with your paving, you won’t find a better option on the market.

Slate paving

Slate paving has proven to be very popular over the years. For heritage properties, slate paving can be a way of updating traditional designs. The sleek dark colours and satin finishes of slate make it look undeniably elegant in any setting.

For farmhouses or cottages that have had their roofs updated with slate tiling, this type of paving can be the ideal option. It’s a fantastic way to tie the design of the whole property.

What happens if my paving is damaged?

All types of material suffer wear and tear over time, but paving is generally one of the most durable materials on a property. However, even concrete will crack. When a small crack appears in any type of paving, it’s at risk of expanding. During the winter, for example, water may enter the crack and expand as ice, causing the crack to widen and split the stone.

Weeds are another cause of eventual damage. If there happens to be a small crack in any of the paving stones, weeds will follow the light through the crack and expand the damage. It’s important to not only replace the stone but get rid of the weeds using chemicals and weed killer.

What we don’t often think about is ground movement. Ground movement is inevitable, even if it happens very slowly over years. It can cause damage to your paving, but it should only happen once a decade, at the most. Keeping these things in mind will help you to maintain your paving for as long as possible.

Whatever the cause, it’s important to fix the problem as soon as possible so any visitors to the property aren’t accidentally injured. Although it’s possible to replace or fix minor damage by yourself, it’s far safer to call in a professional who can identify the problem and source the proper materials.

Ask the experts

Getting the right information about your paving purchase is vital. At Infinite Paving, we’re always on hand to provide more information about our vast array of high quality heritage paving products. Simply give us a call on 0117 926 9020 and we’ll help you find the perfect paving for your heritage property.

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