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What are the Different Types of Garden Paving Slabs?

T. L. Childree
T. L. Childree

Garden paving slabs are available in many different shapes, colors, and materials. These slabs are typically larger than ordinary pavers and are relatively easy to install. Sandstone, bluestone and limestone garden paving slabs can be used to produce a subtle, smooth texture. Garden paving slabs constructed of travertine, granite, or slate provide a long-lasting surface and are sold in a variety of colors, shapes, and finishes. Man-made slabs are also manufactured from durable materials such as concrete and clay.

Sandstone paving slabs are available in colors such as green, red, yellow, and beige. These garden slabs offer a smooth textured surface and can be easily cut to any shape. Bluestone is a popular type of sandstone that is usually blue or blue-gray in color. Limestone is a heavy, durable material that is typically gray, blue, or light brown. Some limestone garden paving slabs are available in dark black, but are more expensive than other colors.

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Travertine is another popular material used for making garden paving slabs and is available in colors such as green, brown, white, red, and blue. This material usually remains cool to the touch after hours in the sun and has a slip-resistant surface. Granite typically produces the strongest garden paving slabs and can be obtained in natural or synthetic colors such as white, black, gray, red, and yellow. Slate paving slabs are sold in colors ranging from gray, blue, and black to red and green. This material is quite durable and also provides a non-slip surface, but may require regular use of a sealant to keep dark colors from fading.

Garden paving slabs can also be constructed from man-made materials such as concrete and clay. Concrete is a durable material that can be molded into a variety of shapes and sizes. The surface of concrete paving slabs can also be stamped or stenciled to give the appearance of some other material such as brick or stone. Dyes can be added during the molding process to produce almost any color. Plain concrete paving slabs may also be stained to produce many different colors.

Clay paving slabs are also available in several different sizes and shapes. The natural earth-tones of clay slabs usually compliment the surrounding landscape. This material is generally very durable when a surface sealant is applied. The texture of these slabs can be rough or smooth, and the two are often mixed together to form interesting designs. Clay paving slabs of various sizes and colors are frequently combined to create attractive patterns.

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