By Tiffanie Chauvet. slabs. Published at Sunday, January 20th, 2019 - 16:19:16 PM.
The most common use of slate waste, that has been around for a long time is to use the waste for sub-base material. When people are putting in a shed, or a patio, or anything that needs a good, solid base for stability of the project, they can pick up slate waste to put in under the base material (sand, pea gravel, etc).
The only problem with slate waste being used in these ways is that there just isn’t enough of it to go around in a lot of cases. This is great for the industry, as it means they actually have demand for their waste products, but it could also mean a price hike for it in the future. For now however, if you can get your hands on it, it makes a good cheap alternative to many other materials, a lot of which aren’t a waste product.
There are many different types of paving slabs, including concrete, acrylic, stone, etc. Acrylic paving slabs, like concrete ones, are laid out as one big slab. However, this material is of a more delicate nature so it gets used in areas that are a bit smaller than ones used with concrete slabs. The stone, clay, and natural slabs can be used in numbers to form one paving slab. And color can be added to whatever tints are already in the slab itself. Most of these paints are based in acrylic.
One may ask, what is a patio slab? A slab is a block consisting of a thick piece of a material. This block shape makes it easier to be installed. One can install block by block the patio, as a gradual process, which makes the installation cheaper. Traditionally patio slabs used to be considered the ones which were made out of concrete to form a less expensive and yet functional patio space. This type of patio was cheaper because concrete is less expansive than other materials like the ostentatious stones used for paving a patio.
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