Hard-wearing and attractive options for paved spaces
For an attractive, functional and long-lasting addition to your garden or driveway, add some paving. Whether you’re looking to create a patio area, transform your outdoor space into a courtyard or add a driveway, paving is a great choice. It doesn't have to be a completely paved area, why not create a path through your lawn or add some steps to a turfed slope? And once in place, this durable landscaping option is virtually weatherproof and will require very little maintenance.
With options in a wide selection of colours, tones and textures, our range offers country charm for traditional gardens and modern designs for more contemporary-themed spaces, or mix and match to create your own signature style. Find out more with our buyer’s guide to help you find the ideal paving solution for your home.
What will the paving be used for?
The thickness of a paving slab or block defines where it can safely be used or what can be put on top of it. Thinner options are fine for foot traffic and seated garden areas such as patios and courtyards, while the thicker ones are better suited for vehicles or structures. Block paving is designed for driveways due to its thickness and plan size, while British standard paving is perfect as a foundation for garden buildings (like sheds and greenhouses) thanks to its smooth, even surface and robust construction.
If looking to create a more modest paved area, such as a pathway across a lawn, gravel, or flower bed, opt for a smaller block. Paving slabs work well here, and you can choose to either coordinate with other paved areas or introduce other sizes, colours or materials for a more quirky design. Or consider garden stepping stones. They offer a more delicate look and when laid with gaps in between them, make an attractive feature for any garden.
Are you starting from scratch or replacing what you have?
Either way, before you start your paving project, take the time to measure up your space and work out the amount of materials you’ll need. Always be sure to get an extra 5% to cover any wastage as well as potentially give you spare blocks in case any are broken and need replacing.
Work out how many blocks you'll need with our paving calculator, and check out our how to guides for step-by-step expert advice on how to tackle your paving project.
Types of paving
Our paving packs offer a range of options in your selected material to help you create the look you want. Choose from:
- Mixed size packs - discover the popular trend for creating an individual and unique design
- Single size packs - offer a clean, uniform look
- Circle paving packs and Circle squaring off packs - create a feature area in your garden
Pick up just one or a few slabs for very small areas or to replace broken slabs. Single slabs are only available in-store.
A perfect choice for driveways due to its hard-wearing design. Complement with block kerbs to complete your front of house project.
British standard paving
Ideal for shed or greenhouse bases, this is a functional paving option that's also good for paths as well as some light vehicle use (the smaller element paving). At 50mm thick, these are a durable and strong choice.
If you want a more intricate pattern or design that's easy to lay, opt for carpet stones. They are pre-laid on a flexible mat which can be cut and shaped with scissors to fit the requirements of your patio – making them a much simpler way to achieve a rustic, cobbled look without having to individually lay each stone. They’re also ideal for more awkwardly shaped patios or paving projects.
Garden stepping stones
Set in lawns, gravel or even in borders between your plants, stepping stones add a distinctive feature to any outdoor space.
Paving slab materials
With the types of paving considered, it’s time to think about the materials available. There are two options here - natural or reconstituted stone.
With its straight, machine-cut edges and textured top surface, natural granite perfectly complements minimalistic and contemporary looks. It's available in two colours and four sizes including the large aspect 900 by 900mm.
Achieve a completely unique look to your paving with natural slate. That's because every piece is an individual with it's own textures and shades. Hand riven and diamond-sawn for a crisper edge, it's offered in two finishes: a soft blue-black for the modern outdoor space, and the multi-coloured Vijaya Gold for the more traditional setting.
With its many tonal variations, differing riven profiles and natural veining, each slab of natural sandstone is unique. It's available in a wide range of shades and varied shapes.
The dramatic shades, distinctive natural veining and even edges combine to give natural limestone a sleek and tidy look. It's also offers superb strength and durability.
For an ultra-contemporary style of paving with very little maintenance, choose porcelain.
Our Mode range is fired up to 1400 degrees C. achieving great inherent strength and durability. Boasting a consistent colour and anti-slip finish, it's also impervious to staining and colour-fading. Choose between two finishes - one with a lightly textured surface, the other more stone-like in appearance.
The Madera range offers all the natural beauty of real wood without any of the maintenance. Available in two shades - cool oak or warm birch.
Layered slate effect
Replicating the look of layered slate, this high-quality, distinctive paving option is offered in two shades - light and dark grey.
Also known as cast stone, reconstituted stone is an extremely popular choice because it can easily replicate almost any shape or material. It’s cast in specially made moulds that are created to look like older stones.
Paving slab features and ranges
Look for other distinctive characteristics of our paving slab ranges, such as surface, colour and edging.
Whether looking for something sleek and flat or more rugged and rustic, there are plenty of surface options. Choose from paving that looks as if it’s been cut from natural stone, is more weathered and rugged-looking as though it’s been in place for years, or smooth and even. We even stock timber-effect stones, based on realistic sleepers and log ends. Many of our traditional paving options are riven, meaning that their surfaces are uneven, creating the authentic look of yesteryear. And some of our natural options are veined, so that every single tile is different.
Although the difference between some edging styles may be subtle, there's a wide range offered in our paving slab range. Take a look at:
- Fettled edges - rough edges have been smoothed, ideal for a traditional look
- Pencil edge - offers clean, even lines
- Straight - for a regular, symmetrical appearance
- Irregular - a nostalgic choice that looks like it was shaped by hand
- Rounded - a smooth, even finish
- Weathered - gives the impression of having been in place for years
- Sawn - recreates the look of having been made with traditional hand tools
Choose from a wide range of colours to suit any style. From cool greys to warmer, sandy tones, as well as the traditional red brick. Opt for ones that will naturally blend into their surroundings for a suble effect, or go bold with brighter shades for paving to make an impact.
To help you settle on your preferred paving slab type, we've grouped them into two style choices - traditional and contemporary.
- Traditional paving ranges - for a vintage look, explore paving that has weathered effects and gives the feel of having been in place for years.
- Contemporary paving ranges - for a smooth, sleek, modern look, choose our contemporary paving. Many of these styles are made from porcelain or natural granite for clean lines. And there are long-aspect options which help create the allusion of length – ideal if you have a shorter space.
You might need
Once you’ve selected your paving, it’s time to think about all those extras you might need for laying and maintenance.
Before you lay your slabs, ensure that the surface is ready. This might take the form of levelling it or preventing weeds from popping up through the gaps. Our range of landscaping essentials includes edgers, forks and spades as well as weed control fabric.
To complete your driveway or path, add a kerb or path edging. It will prevent vehicles running over and will act as an attractive border for your plants or lawn.
Unwanted visitors parking on your driveway can be a real nuisance, so prevent vehicles accessing your property with one or two of our parking posts. They can be folded down or retracted when you don’t need them.
Keep your paving clean with a pressure washer that will blast dirt out of every corner and crevice. For more on which pressure washer best suits your maintenance needs, read our buyer's guide. And browse our range of cleaning products that can be used on patios and brickwork.