How much does paving cost?
Paving can add some style to a dull and lifeless garden – find out how much it costs here.
Whether you are looking to install a new patio, add some winding paths or walkways leading to a new rockery or shed, or simply wish to get rid of all those irritating weeds and plants and cover your garden, there are a variety of paving options available. Deciding to lay stone over your garden is just the first step – next you will need to think carefully about what material, colour, shape, size and design is going to be best suited for your home. This will depend on not only personal taste but also on the size of your garden and what will look best in the local environment – plus whether or not the exterior décor of your home will affect the aesthetic choices you make. There are a number of popular paving materials to choose from, including:
- Concrete paving – concrete is a smooth, efficient and obvious choice for someone who wants to completely pave over their garden. It’s cheap, requires minimal maintenance and can function for a number of different uses – a driveway, a setting for garden furniture and new pot plants, or even as a play area for the kids. The main argument against concrete is that it can look a little dull and grey, but even that isn’t completely true these days – for a little extra cost the material can be coloured to resemble brick, natural stone, or even something more exotic. Concrete paving will usually come in between £10 to £20 per square metre.
- Asphalt paving – this is quite similar in hardness and colour to tarmac; making it particularly suitable for things like athletic tracks, tennis courts or even open drives. It’s smooth, lightweight, durable and even slightly permeable – so you won’t have to worry about the garden flooding. Asphalt is usually even cheaper than concrete, coming it at around £5 to £15 per square metre.
- Natural stone paving – if you don’t want a single colour ‘blanket’ paving effect, then you may want to opt for natural stone instead – whether you would rather limestone, marble, granite or even something less elegant like slate, the effect is usually more rustic and natural, allowing you to add a little character to your garden paving. The downside is that natural stone is directly sourced by large quarry companies and is therefore considerably more expensive – around £30 to £50 per square metre.
- Block paving – if you opt for a blocked paving effect you can add an appealing pattern to your patio or pathways for a tasteful and more elegant garden design – plus you can come up with the styles yourself. Recent mass production technology also means that purchasing a large number of blocks in bulk will work out considerably cheaper than asking a contractor to obtain them for you; the downside is that as each block will need laying and flattening separately, labour costs will ultimately be considerably higher. Prices for the blocked paving itself should be around £40 to £70 per square metre, depending on what stone and colour you opt for.
- Stamped paving – unlike blocked paving, which involves laying each piece of paving separately, stamped paving gives you a completely flat section of your garden that is nevertheless stylish and decorative, as the pattern is subsequently ‘imprinted’ onto the laid paving slab. Various stones can also be coloured or hardened as you desire; and unlike with blocks, stamped paving is devoid of gaps and so completely weed-free. Again the cost of the paving will depend on what stone you ultimately choose but it usually is a little more expensive than blocked paving – costing around £50 to £70 per square metre.
When laid properly new paving can look smooth and stylish, add character to your home, help keep the garden looking clean and tidy and reduce maintenance. So unless you’re proficient in landscaping and paving you should always opt for a professional company to do the job for you. You will need to decide, however, whether you are going to hire a Residential or Commercial contractor – the former is usually local and specialises in small gardens and intricate, complicated patterns for patios and pathways, while the latter is available for filling larger gardens, usually with asphalt or concrete. Whatever you choose, the best way to ensure you are getting good deal is by shopping around and comparing quotes – soon enough you should have your new paving brightening up your old and unused garden, transforming it into a place for rest and relaxation and the hotspot for your social and family occasions.