Indian stone is a popular choice for driveways, patios and paths due to its stylish yet modern finish that requires minimal upkeep and resistance to erosion. Not only that, but Indian stone also requires very little upkeep compared to other materials due to its ease of care and resistance to weathering.
If you’re thinking of installing an Indian stone drive or patio, it is essential to get quotes from reliable tradespeople in your area. This will enable you to assess both the cost of the project and quality of workmanship involved.
The cost of installing a driveway or patio depends on the size and features of your project. Prices can range anywhere from PS80-PS120 per square metre, depending on materials used and your location.
Selecting the ideal paving slabs for your project is a critical step in the process. At Bridge Street Stone, we offer an extensive selection of slabs in various shades and textures to choose from.
Grey sandstone is ideal for a contemporary aesthetic, while brown sandstone offers more of a rustic and natural aesthetic. When selecting Indian stone for your home and garden, it’s essential to take into account the colors in both as this will determine its final look.
Once you’ve chosen the colour and texture of your paving slabs, it’s time to begin installation. Use either a hand trowel or pointing bar to apply mortar mix – which consists of sharp sand and cement in an even ratio of 4-6 parts sharp sand to 1 part cement.
Next, you must create a full bed of mortar on your ground surface. This step is essential as it’s often overlooked by homeowners.
Mix the mortar until it has a consistent texture, then spread it onto your ground surface using either a trowel or pointing bar. Make sure the paving slabs are flush with the surface of the mortar when applying it.
Be mindful not to miss any spots – Indian paving is porous, so even a tiny bit of mortar can leave marks on the slabs. To prevent this, cover all surfaces with an even coat of mix before beginning the installation process.
When laying, pay special attention to the joints between slabs and the edges of your patio. Maintaining these areas clean is essential for creating a polished appearance.
If you’re unsure how to proceed or don’t feel confident enough to tackle it yourself, hiring a reliable contractor is always an option. To find the contractor best suited to your budget, compare quotes from several firms and read reviews from past customers.
Indian stone paving slabs can be costly to deliver and install, but the results are well worth the cost. Not only will your property boast a stunning aesthetic, but you’ll be able to enjoy it for years to come!