Paving Slabs: Choosing the Right Material

A popular choice for paths and patio areas, paving slabs can really bring your garden to life.  Economic, durable and strong, they can potentially last for years. And with a wide variety of colours, design and materials, you will definitely be spoilt for choice! To help you find the right paving material for your needs, read the following tips.pavingslabs


Paving slabs are available in a range of materials and include clay, concrete and stone. The most popular and affordable type of paving slab remains concrete, which is a good choice for larger areas. Different to the other types of paving slabs available, concrete is poured into the area to be paved, and then stenciled or stamped to appear as paving. Whilst low in cost, it is also prone to stains and cracks.

Clay Brick

Another option is natural brick, which unlike concrete is individually laid.  Natural brick paving copes well with extreme loading levels and is also non-slip and skid proof. It works well in wet areas that are used regularly, such as pools or pathways.  However, it is more expensive and like concrete can be prone to cracking and staining.


Like clay brick, paving stones are also laid individually. Whilst more expensive, they are strong, durable and easy to maintain. Individual paving stones can also be easily replaced.  With much more versatility in terms of colour, finish and shape, paving stones offer endless design possibilities.

When making your choice, weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each material and remember to consider not only the cost but also the extent of future maintenance and how long your paving slabs will last.  At Westminster Stone, we specialise in stone paving, and can help you make the right choice from our wide range of styles and finishes of paving slabs.