What is Indian Stone Paving?
If you have been shopping around for a new patio, path, or driveway material, you may have heard of Indian stone paving. But what is Indian stone paving, and why is it such a popular choice? Here we will be answering those questions to help you decide whether it is the right option for your home.
What is Indian stone paving?
Indian stone paving is a natural sandstone frequently used for outdoor spaces such as patios and pathways. The stone comes from India and is formed over many years from quartz grains that become naturally cemented together. India’s diverse geology means that Indian stone is available in a range of colours and it has a naturally veined appearance.
Indian sandstone has a great reputation for its use in landscaping projects - it is competitively priced and is now one of the most popular natural stone paving options in the UK.
What are the properties of Indian stone paving?
One of the main reasons Indian stone paving is so popular is because it is so versatile. Not only does it come in a great range of colours and finishes, but it looks great in any outdoor space, working in both contemporary and traditional aesthetics. While the stone is tough and durable, it is soft enough to be cut into bespoke patterns that perfectly fit into the desired location or style.
Paving slabs need to be durable and Indian stone paving is just that. The slabs can withstand the pressure of regular foot traffic and are also resistant to impact, meaning they are less likely to crack when something is dropped on them. As a natural material, Indian stone paving is well adjusted to heavy rain and harsh weather, especially if you have it sealed.
Range of finishes
Many people like Indian stone paving for its natural, textured finish which can bring a rustic look to any garden, patio, path, or driveway, but different finishes are available for more uniform, contemporary aesthetics while still getting the benefit of the colour variations.
Range of colours
Indian stone paving comes in a huge range of colour profiles and slabs can be single-toned or multitoned. The colour variations of Indian sandstone are often named after the regions where they are quarried, such as Kota Black, Raj Green and Kandla Grey. Indian stone can be found in off-white, buff, desert, yellow, beige, blue-grey, reddish-brown, green and many more!
Indian stone paving is also a very low maintenance option for your outdoor space. If sealed, the stones may only occasionally need a quick clean – and they can even be pressure washed without risk of damaging or fading the colours.
Each stone is unique
Because Indian stone is a natural material, each slab is unique, meaning you will have a one-of-a-kind patio or driveway. Even if someone else has the same material and colour as you, the natural veins and shade variations mean the appearance will be yours alone.
Sealing Indian stone paving
Despite all the benefits of Indian stone paving, in most cases, it will need sealing after installation. This isn’t an intensive process but will ensure the paving stays in great condition for years to come. There are different sealants available, such as those designed to protect against dirt and grease, and others designed to enhance and preserve the natural colour of the stone.
Because Indian sandstone is a porous material, a sealant helps to protect it against the unpredictable British weather and any stains caused by spills. Darker coloured stones will also fade more quickly than lighter coloured stones without being sealed first.
Now that you know what Indian stone paving is, do you think that it might be the right material for your patio, path, or driveway? If so, please get in touch with us or visit us at our Crediton yard to view our range of options!