Garden paving advice

Have you been thinking about paving for your back garden? Before you make any final decisions, make sure to have a look at our paving guide below and get the best materials and prices for what you want.

Paving is a great feature in any garden and offers the chance to have a walkway, whether it be amongst flower beds, connecting your home to a decking section, or simply for decoration. It can range in price so serious thought needs to be given to what you actually want. Because of the materials used, paving can often be the most expensive part of your garden.

The more expensive options include granite, sandstone and slate, but luckily there are cheaper alternatives to think about as well. This means whatever your budget, you should find something to suit your taste and requirements.

How to save money paving your garden

If you want to save money on your paving, the best way to do this is with a lower cost material. If you want to stick to a tighter budget and wish to use a natural product, then gravel is a great option. If you don’t mind a natural or man-made product, then concrete could be your answer. There are also designs to imitate stone without paying such a large price tag too.

What other options are there?

For your garden paving, if you’re not too concerned on the cost, look to natural stones as the best option available. Natural stone gives a fantastic aesthetic appeal and will last a lifetime. Although it will weather over time, people say this just adds to the charm. Brick is another alternative but can be prone to frost damage as it absorbs moisture.

Will I need foundations?
Foundations will be necessary to prevent the garden paving from sinking or cracking. It’s the best way to keep it in tip-top condition. Foundations for paving should be made from graded stone materials to a layer between 10 and 20cm deep. Mortar and paving can then be placed on top of this.

How much does garden paving cost?

Paving for your back garden can range in price depending on the material used. Costs can vary anywhere between £3 and £100 per square metre so it entirely comes down to your budget. You’ll also need to pay for a professional to complete the installation. In order to get the best paving prices in your area, make sure to receive three or four free quotes and compare everything to get an ideal cost.

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