Patios… The Good.. The Bad.. and The Horrible
Recently I undertook to renovate a number of patios. I like many others have confused what constitutes a good patio in the past.
Up until about 15 years ago the choices for laying a patio were fairly limited, due to a combination of poor demand and lack of imagination by the retail outlets. Manufactured patios were the order of the day, with the local stone of your area like Donegal Quartz or Kilkenny limestone being readily available, I should point out that the local options are always a great option. Then Indian sandstone appeared on the market exotic colours, here was an option that was not overly priced at about £35 per square metre. At that time the Celtic Tiger was about to escape into the gardens of Ireland bringing the good, but mainly bad taste of garden upgrades in the name of Garden Makeovers. At the forefront of the upgrades was Indian Sandstone, which I have to admit I was also mesmerised by initially. It came in two forms modac and mint .Builders decided for some odd reason that they would not just build houses during the boom but the gardens as well.
The result was not pretty as general rule the problem is that Indian sandstone besides being available in rather obnoxious colour does not appear to work in our wet damp climate it is being literally eaten by algae especially in any areas that are in shade.
So what is good…
Of late I have embraced the Scandinavian concept that heart of the garden is in the centre of the garden rather than at the back or front of the house which is what we do in this part of the world. Being a small garden I needed something that would be a bit bold. Jura Limestone is just that and is from Germany, north of the Alps is where it is quarried. It comes in a very smooth grey and beige and shows up the broken shells and fossils in light veins through the stone .In partnered it up wit some Granite Quartz to create contrast which shows up the Jura stone for what it is a class act. This also is a, patio stone that is regarded as highly durable. It is priced at about €55 a square metre which is not cheap but achieves a wow factor when used its actually hard to believe when you first hold it in your hand that it will work outdoors as its very smooth and one would assume it would be slippy when laid but having had in my garden for one year this is not the case .As a centrepiece it draws you in to the centre of the garden as I intended. If you a want a class act for your garden this is the one.
If one has a lot of shade in the garden where the required Patio is going to be laid and if you want something that combats This
Dilemma and will have a sharp finish Limestone in various different shades and costing €35.00 a square metre is a good choice plus Using a recommended sealer will help prolong its ability to look well all year around and will improve the look. And it has a great ability to deal with heavy use.
Recently I have managed to convince some clients that Granite Paving is an excellent long term solution and while more expensive its life span will be far greater than most rivals as it is very durable as a paving
Granite paving has been used for centuries and is found in both ancient architectural relics as well as in newly built town centres and pavements. As it is a natural stone, Granite Paving Works very well enhancing the Beauty of any space, large or small.
Remember manufactured. Patios i.e. manmade ones will discolour and age over time and are more receptive to Algae the scourge of paving stones.
Finally…always a good idea to speak to the supplier you purchase your stone from for their advice on a cleaning product as natural stones tend to react in different ways to different cleaning agents.