Smooth stone paving is a really popular choice for gardens around the UK. It offers a premium appeal, providing a sleek and modern finish to any patio design. There are so many designs to choose from when it comes to smooth paving for the garden. You can choose from the beautiful and eye-catching patterns, naturally veined stones of the single colour smooth paving slabs if you’d prefer a more neutral look. You can get different kinds of smooth stone: natural limestone paving, smoothed sandstone slabs or outdoor porcelain tiles. All have the benefits of opting for naturally smooth paving.

There are three main benefits that come with smooth natural stone paving and are the reason they are so popular:

  1. High quality finish.
  2. It’s available in stunning colours and styles.
  3. It looks great both wet and dry.

You can transform your garden or patio area with the medley of natural colours and tones found in smooth sandstone paving - the unique tones of this natural stone have been formed naturally over hundreds of years and can now be displayed beautifully in your very own garden. Or you can opt for something ultra-modern and go for a smooth outdoor porcelain tile. There are so many options to choose from.

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High Quality Finish on Smooth Sandstone Paving - PRO ✔️

The smooth, straight edges are obviously not naturally occurring! The smoothness of the stone is created by running the stone through factories so you end up with a higher quality, more consistent finish than a naturally occurring riven paving slab.

The high quality finish is easy to see when you are looking at paving slabs that are smooth on all visible sides and edges. There's nothing quite as stylish as visually satisfying patio.

Smooth Paving Is More Slippery Than Riven Paving - CON ❌

All of our outdoor paving materials are designed specifically for outdoor use. This means that they are suited to the British climate (which obviously includes a lot of rain) and is a safe option for paved patio areas. Our sawn sandstone paving slabs provide a level of natural slip resistance. As long as the smooth paving is well maintained, the smooth natural stone paving will retain its grip underfoot.

While our smooth slabs are not known for being slippery, we would always recommend extra care and precautions are taking when walking on paved areas when they are wet.

If you wanted to get rid of this risk altogether, we would suggest opting for an outdoor porcelain tile. These tiles are specially manufactured to be anti-slip based on an "R-Rating System" that has a minimum standard of anti-slip on their surface.

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Smooth Paving Has a Stunning Variety of Colours & Styles - PRO ✔️

If you are looking to gain a stunning finish to your garden, then smooth sandstone paving could be perfect for you. Smooth natural stone paving automatically smartens up any space, in a huge variety of colours. If you are looking to create that sleek and minimalistic feel to the paved area in your garden, you can’t go far wrong with smooth sandstone paving. The natural colours of sandstone offer a natural look, while still delivering clean lines.

If you wanted something more modern still, there is also outdoor porcelain paving. These are a pristine manufactured tile available in a wide variety of finishes.

If you need paving for a quiet outdoor area, you should choose smooth paving. They offer excellent durability that once you give them a good clean from time-to-time, they will standing up the elements.

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Smooth Sandstone Needs A Bit More Attention Than It's Riven Alternative - CON

However, while it is easy clean a smooth stone, the choice can come with drawbacks. Smooth sandstone especially can require extra care and attention to make sure it is always in acceptable condition. The smoother the sandstone, the softer it is. Smooth out a stone opens up pores and can make the stone more absorbent. 

A more absorbent stone can age more quickly if you leave it out in the elements too long. Green spots can occur naturally and are easy to clean off, but if left for too long can become quite difficult to remove as the porous smooth stone absorbs it!

How To Choose The Right Smooth Paving For Your Garden

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choose the ideal smooth paving for your garden. This is because there are so many types, colours, shades, textures and finishes. However, that doesn’t mean it needs to be hard work to find the right smooth paving for your garden.

The easiest way to choose the right smooth natural stone paving for your garden is to decide on the colour first. You want to choose a colour that complements the general look and feel of your garden and the space around it. If you have a theme or a style for your garden, you want to choose a colour that will meet that theme or style too.

If you would like to have a more neutral smooth patio area, then you may want to check out our range of light and grey dark paving. These offer a really nice sleek contemporary look. However, if you would like a look that offers bright colours to uplift your garden, red smooth patio paving stones will work wonderfully. If you are feeling really adventurous with your smooth paved patio goals, then how about creating a mosaic pattern with a mix of different smooth sandstone paving slabs?

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Is Smooth Paving Right For You?

There is such a huge variety of smooth paving slabs that you are bound to find something you like. Whether you want something pristine and perfect like a porcelain tile, or you'd prefer something slight more natural but still nice and smooth, then maybe it's limestone that you are looking for.

Smooth paving looks a cut above naturally finished stone when you want to create something modern and stylish. If you're unsure of what option might be best for you, or which type of paving slabs in general will be the best option for you to go for, just get in touch and we'll be sure to help!