Natural Stone Paving Finishes

Introduction With the influx of imported natural stone over the last decade or so, more and more people are turning to it for an affordable paving solution for their patios. There are many different types of natural stones such as; sandstone, limestone, granite, basalt and slate from countries such as India, China, Vietnam, Brazil, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and Portugal to name just a few that are commonly used for paving projects. There is a huge range of colour options available, especially when looking at sandstone and limestone options and of course the beauty of natural stone is the variations in colour that can range from subtle to more pronounced depending on the type of stone selected. Furthermore there is a variety of natural stone paving finishes. The processes and finishing applied to a stone can mean that a completely different look and effect can be achieved using exactly the same type of stone. Some finishes are better suited to certain types of stone. In the example below, Fossil Mint Indian Sandstone which is an extremely popular option for paving is finished in several different ways. The most common and cost effective is the natural finish, the tumbled antique finish gives a softer, time-worn look whilst the honed and sandblasted finishes create a more modern look and a completely flat surface, with the sandblasting providing greater grip. When stone such as this is honed or sandblasted many of the markings (which some may view as blemishes) in natural stone tend to disappear and a more even colour tone is achieved. This next example illustrates how different Asian Blue (Vietnamese) Limestone can look...