Explore the advantages of natural stone driveways
Natural stone is very sought after, and our Dublin customers often ask for this type of driveway, although it is a little more expensive than the other materials available. It is often used for garden and patio paving.
The greatest benefits of natural stone paving slabs are that they are easy to install, create a unique custom look, and add greater value to your property. Another cause for the surge in popularity of natural stone is because not only can you create very unique designs, but each individual stone itself is unique in colour and texture. This is, of course, because this stone is formed naturally and not created in a factory.
What are the available options?
The four natural stone options are quartz, limestone, sandstone, and granite. Each offers a slightly different style and some come in various colours. However, all of them are hard-wearing, low maintenance, and won’t sink or move over time. This is due to the method we use to install them. They are placed on top of a mixture of wet sand and cement. Then, in order to keep them stable and prevent any weeds from growing in between, the gaps are filled with mortar.
Revamp your Dublin property with natural stone paving slabs
If you want to uplift your property by introducing natural patio slabs to its design, or you plan on building a natural stone driveway, reach out to us. Irish Paving is one of the leading paving contractors in Dublin and the area, and we will do our best to provide you with customised solutions that will meet your needs.
How we do it
Natural stone paving installation begins with rigorous checks of the state of the current ground levels and most importantly their drainage. If there is a need for added drainage, this is the time we will install it. Of course, this will be discussed with you when we have our initial consultation, so you will be well aware in advance if this is required.
The next step is very important for the longevity of your paving. We will dig the ground to the correct depth. This will depend on the current surface (is it peaty or soft soil) and what type of traffic it is expected to receive. The initial layers of stone are all compacted thoroughly to create a secure base that won’t sink in the future.
Now it’s time to install your natural stone. Each slab is placed on a wet mortar surface. Once they are all laid carefully, we then finish off with a further wet cement mix placed into the joints of your paving. When this all sets, it provides a very strong finished product that will prevent weeds from growing, but also ensure that there are no issues with water pooling, cracking, or sinking.
This makes all types of natural stone very low-maintenance and thus excellent for patios and driveways alike.