By Nannette Courtois. slabs. Published at Monday, January 21st, 2019 - 03:51:22 AM.
Slate is a material that needs to be cut and chipped into size either by hand, or by machinery, and sometimes there is a significant amount of waste involved in the process. One of the biggest perpetrators seems to be large paving slabs – due to their large size, and particular shapes, there are a lot of large cuts involved in their manufacturing. There are many ways that the slate waste is used, but I’m only going to list three, as I don’t want this post to get too long.
Concrete garden paving slabs are a popular and economical choice. One popular option is concrete that’s been cast or stamped to look like paving stones or natural stone with imperfections and irregularities built in. Concrete slabs are even tinted in a way that makes them hard to distinguish from the real thing.
A lot of people have started using slate for their outdoor spaces again, whether for patios, walkways, or even driveways, it is making a comeback in a big way. It is hard to believe that people ever started to shy away from slate when you’re looking at a finished project that used it, but those in the know understand that the ongoing maintenance might have people shying away from using the material in their own projects.
Another popular use for slate waste is as a surface dressing; there are many people who are starting to use it as a low cost alternative to gravel for their driveways. I’ve never actually seen this done in person, but I would imagine it could give you a really neat look, with all of the extra flecks of color that slate has in it, and you could have the only dark colored gravel driveway in your neighborhood.
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