Having an outdoor patio in the garden has become very popular across the UK, as it makes a great place to relax and unwind during the day and creates an area to make the most of the warm sunshine in the summer. From family barbeques to social gatherings with friends, there is nothing quite like having fun outdoors. We spend a lot of time choosing our favourite furniture, creating themes and decorating our patio to be perfect. Yet, what your patio is made from is often overlooked, but equally as important.
While the design is crucial when it comes to creating an enjoyable outdoor space, so is the material that your patio is created with. Choosing a good surface will ensure your patio stays looking modern and new all year round, as well as being able to withstand constant movement and furniture. After all, you want to make the most out of your new living space in the years to come.
Read on to find out more about what paving materials you can use to create your new patio in your back garden in time to enjoy this summer.
Natural Stone Patio
There is nothing quite like the beauty of natural stone. With its unique patterns, textures and colours running through the surface, your patio can have character and individuality, which is sure to make your neighbours envious. What’s more, natural stone is also known for its durability and will maintain its colour much longer than manmade materials, perfect for withstanding the elements of British weather. While it can be more expensive than concrete, it is worth the investment, especially since you have the freedom to create patterns and interesting designs.
Slate has become a very popular choice for modern garden patios with its distinctive and stunning blue and grey colouring. Many people love sandstone and its texture with a variety of colours available to suit any outdoor space. For example, Global Stone Paving Sawn & Sandblasted Sandstone 'Artisan Serenity' Buff Brown have a current and chic appearance with a fine texture that looks elegant, yet robust and hardwearing enough for outdoor use. What’s more, it is also slip resistant for safe family use after it has been raining.
Natural limestone can also create a beautiful patio to enjoy during the warmer days with a fine texture and stunning colours available. Paving Superstore Riven Limestone 'Pro Range' Black Kadapha have a sleek grey to black colour, which naturally lightens in the sunlight with an attractive riven surface that is slip resistant.
No matter what natural stone you choose, you can find something to blend in with your back garden theme.
Concrete is known for being a more affordable choice of surface for outdoor spaces, especially for larger areas, as well as being low maintenance and highly durable once installed. In addition, concrete is often made to mimic bricks and natural stone without breaking the bank. Brett Paving Manmade Stamford Riven Buff Paving Slabs enjoy a warm buff colour with golden beige shades that lighten any patio area with an attractive riven surface. Not only will it make your garden look inviting, but it is also hardwearing enough to last you for many years to come. With a large variety of colours and shapes of concrete patio slabs available, there is something to suit every garden.
While porcelain is manmade, it is still created with natural materials, which allows your patio to enjoy its many attractive colours and textures. Porcelain is resistant to frost and extreme temperature changes, as well as maintaining its natural colours over the years. What’s more, it is also easy to clean. It will provide you with a hardwearing patio surface that is less slippery underfoot than natural stone and concrete, which makes it ideal for children and pets. Natural Paving Porcelain Vitripiazza Anno External Biscotto Paving Slabs are made from exclusive Italian porcelain with beautiful biscuit colours that are guaranteed to enhance your outdoor space and complement your contemporary designs. Its resistant properties mean it is easy to clean and keep free from moss, mould and salt staining.
What are you waiting for? There is no better time to install a patio or anywhere else better to enjoy the summer weather. Check out our wide range of patio materials at Paving Superstore to find the perfect surface for you.