By Lealia Briand. slabs. Published at Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 - 07:20:12 AM.
Another thing that should be a big selling point that most people don’t actually think about when they’re looking for outdoor materials is how easy it is to clean. You won’t be mopping your patio any time soon, so you need something that will come clean with the hose when the birds dive bomb your brand new patio, or when someone drops a bowl of dip onto it. Slate is not very porous, especially after it has been waterproofed, so you won’t have to scrub for any normal messes.
What one needs to understand is that though these various slab paving options cost more than the concrete ones they also offer more options on the creative side. All this helps a great deal in making sure that the garden or patio not just looks good but also can be maintained well.
Slate is one of the most durable materials that you can use in a project, there are hundreds of buildings that have been around for literally thousands of years that have been constructed from slate. These structures tend to be in areas where there is little to no freezing cycle however. It is recommended that if you’re using it anywhere where there is snow or frost, even occasionally, you had better make sure you use a waterproofing agent on your slate paving slabs as often as recommended, or you risk the frost breaking the stone apart over the next few season.
Flagstone is a popular choice and can give your pathway or edging a very natural look. Flagstones are thin, flat stones that are irregularly shaped. They’re ideal for an earthy, natural look in your garden. The biggest drawbacks of using flagstones as garden paving slabs are that they’re prone to chipping and staining, and usually much more expensive than man-made materials.
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