While reading or thinking about the ancient times, one classic picture that flashes in our minds is the mesmerizing and massive castles and monuments with their intricate detailing and fine craftsmanship and the words like WOW!, oh gosh, perhaps many simply going speechless.
My passion requires a lot of traveling time, and I had the same experience (quoted above) while visiting the United Kingdom. No! I am not referring to the famous Big Ben, Towers of London, or the Stonehenge; it is the beautifully carved Patio of a standard house in London. Surprised and excited, right? Yes, I had a similar exuberance, and my eyes got lit with the stunning view. I just felt so attracted that I could barely pull myself back and went ahead politely enquiring the homeowner about the probable story behind the beautiful art they had on the exterior.
As the story unfolded, it was the moment to be proud, and the reason was the Patio packs used to decorate the Patio were originating from my own country India :-). We two lost the sense of time and the talks that began on a sunny morning barged into lunchtime. It’s a treat to the ear, listening about people’s passion for devoting more than an ample amount of time and focus on creating a lively ambiance. Just this one intriguing discussion and the proudness of the patio packs’ origination led me to discover the finer details of the Indian natural stone world.
To understand how patio packs came into use, let me take you on a journey of Indian Natural Stones.
Indian stones patio packs | What is Patio pack?
From a layman’s point of view, the word “Patio packs” is a combination of 2 words, i.e., “Patio” and “packs.”
The Patio has a Spanish origination, and it refers to an outdoor space generally used for dining or fun that adjoins a house and is typically paved. The word “packs” means small pieces of natural stones cut as per the customer’s given requirement. Calibration of Patio packs is also possible as per the required consistency.
Patio packs are offered in a choice of single-sized paving slabs, or multi-size, allowing you to decide how your garden should look. Single size paving slabs will enable you to lay evenly sized flags to create a symmetrical finish for your Patio or in a continuous pattern for a garden passage. In contrast, our patio kits typically include 4 or 5 different paving sizes laid in an attractive design for a more detailed finish.
Is a Patio pack the right choice for your exterior decor?
The perfect selection of paving slab Patio packs, and stones can revitalize even the laziest looking garden and remodel it into a genuinely outstanding outdoor sanctuary. From the idea of soaking up the sun to a re-selling point that could add as much as 30% to the value of your lovely home.
When it comes to patio pack types, broadly, we can divide it into two categories, viz. Artificial and Natural Stone slabs. When you are just beginning your journey with paving, both might look the same. And actually, you’d be right as to the naked eye they are- but only when fresh.
Artificial paving can be further covered into two groups.
A. Coloured concrete
B. Porcelain paving.
Concrete paving – how is it manufactured?
A block of concrete is mixed with dyes to get the desired color and then is placed into molds that often replicate a natural stone appearance. Numerous designs and colors are available.
I am sure you’ve seen garden stone ornaments like a log or animal shape. These were definitely concrete made.
Some talking points of the concrete slab:
- The varied range of colors.
- Vast shape variations from round to curved.
- Good choice of textures.
- Good quality concrete paving will last long, especially when it’s properly maintained.
- Colored paving slabs will fade over time, say in the initial 5-6 years.
- If chipped or cracked, the new slab looks very different and stands out from the rest.
- It requires continuous sealing.
Porcelain is produced from a mix of supreme quality clays, quartzitic sands, and other minerals like granite, which are then together baked in a high-temperature furnace.
Although most porcelain producers use the same procedure, however, the ingredients and quantities may vary. Porcelain tiles can have the appearance of granite, travertine, Sandstone, or even timber planks.
To brief up porcelain slabs:
- Very much durable and low in maintenance, each paver is built to last long. Require very little upkeep and retain their flawless finish for years.
- Resistant to stains.
- Available in varied appearance and textures
- Accurate sizing. Usually, the tolerance is < than 1mm.
- They are expensive. Pricing starts from £40 / m2 and can go up to £120
- It requires specific cutting blades.
- Not for DIY-er as incorrect installation can lead to expensive repairs.
Natural Stone paving
Natural stone paving has been prominent for almost hundreds of years; however, the recent decades have seen a substantial increase in demand. To meet increasing demand, paving stone had to be imported from India, Brazil, China, and Egypt.
With the increasing number of suppliers, the natural stone became cheaper and more households could afford to have natural looking Patio. Available in two major types of India natural stones viz. Indian Sandstone and Indian Limestone.
Let’s take a look at the two hot-selling types of Indian sandstones, which are then cut in desired sizes to form Patio packs.
Listing the 2 hot selling Indian natural Sandstone patio packs :
- Kandla grey patio packs
- Raj green patio packs 22mm calibrated
Indian Sandstone is one of the most prominent choices of garden paving for patios and pathways. From greys, browns, greens to golden, orange, and reds, this stone is available in a huge range of color options in a range of sizes with either a natural riven or a smooth, sawn surface.
Kandla Grey Patio packs
Kandla Grey Sandstone is an extremely popular choice of Indian Sandstone Patio packs, which creates a natural backdrop to any exterior place.
Be it the naturally riven or smooth, sawn, and honed option, Grey Sandstone will please any given patio design and is one of the most persistent styles of Indian stones patio packs. Kandla Grey is a great choice for creating a contemporary patio when complemented by varying tones but also works really well in conventional settings if you are seeking an affordable paving option without giving in on quality and appearance! Kandla Grey is an economical yet hard-wearing option that will withstand the test of time to keep your garden looking like new for years to come!
- Kandla Grey Riven Sandstone
Kandla Grey Riven Slabs comes with a riven surface texture and carefully hand-dressed edges for a natural charm to suit any traditional patio design. The natural color mutations within the slabs range from light to dark grey and will add an aspect of interest, as well as a rustic feel to your design.
These are available in a mixed-size Patio packs Kit, perfect for random laying, or in 600×900 slabs.
- Kandla Grey Sawn & Honed Sandstone
This smooth, sawn Sandstone provides a more elegant feel to any modern design and is another hugely popular option of Indian Sandstone Paving which. The mixture of light and mid-grey tones throughout the slabs will bring an added sense of space to your exterior, with the neutral tones blending seamlessly into the backdrop of your design.
Raj Green Sandstone Paving
Raj Green Sandstone boasts a natural surface and a medley of supple, earthy hues, including green and brown, dappled with occasional plum and grey tones. Like all natural stone paving, no slab is the same, and the ethically sourced Indian Sandstone promises an outdoor area filled with character and charm, providing a wealth of design opportunities.
Indian Limestone Paving
Limestone is another very popular patio stone in the UK. The color palette is perhaps not as wide as Sandstone, but it comes in very dark colors instead. Limestone is consistent in color and comes in some select color choices, usually buff-grey, blue-grey, and blue-black.
In general, limestone is defined as being composed of calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate often comes from plant and animal skeletons and remnants, including the shells of mollusks. Limestone is consistent in color and texture and is considered a hard-wearing stone. It’s usually supplied with straight edges as opposed to riven of Sandstone.
Limestone has become very popular in recent years thanks to its dark color. We have noticed a trend for contrasting colors in recent garden designs. Many garden projects feature dark floors with white walls or vice versa.
Now that we have gathered the knowledge about the different types of Patio packs available in the market, let’s talk about the widely used sizes and about laying the packs.
What size do patio slabs come in?
Popular sizes include 300 x 300, 300 x 600, and 600 x 600 slabs, with the slightly smaller 450 x 450 paving slabs also a popular choice.
How many block pavers are in a pack?`
There are approximately 38 pavers per square meter, but this varies due to the number of cuts and the laying pattern chosen.
How do you lay patio packs?
Here’s how to lay a patio for beginners in 6 easy steps.
- Dig 150mm into your patio area
- Lay a compacted sub-base of 100mm
- Cover the area with 40mm of concrete mix
- Lay paving slab Patio packs 15mm into the concrete with a 10-15mm gap
- Leave to set for 24 hours
- Fill the gaps with concrete mix
What tools do I need?
- Rubber mallet
- Spirit level
- Tape measure
- Cement mixer (optional)
- String line and pegs (optional)
What materials do I need?
- Paving slab Patio packs
- Sub-base aggregate
Can I lay my own Patio?
Laying your own Patio is fairly a simple project and, depending on its size, should only take 2 or 3 days. One thing to remember is that some paving slabs are quite large and heavy; therefore, it’s suggested to have someone to help you with the lifting and positioning of the packs.
A professional can easily lay a patio in your garden. It’s one of the more straightforward garden hard landscaping jobs, but paying a professional to do it will, of course, have a range of associated costs. You’re not just paying for materials; there’s also labor to consider.
You can save an awful lot of money by laying your own Patio. It can be a relatively easy job to undertake, depending on the layout and topography of your garden. If your garden is regular and relatively flat, it’s not too complicated.
If, however, your garden has a more challenging layout or perhaps slopes or undulates in some way or another, then you may need to shift large quantities of earth before you can begin laying your Patio. This is a job that can be done by the confident (and energetic!) amateur, but it may be appropriate to get in extra pairs of hands to make the process easier.
I hope my research would have helped you in choosing the perfect Indian Natural Stone Patio packs to decorate your Patio in the way you always wanted. I am here eagerly waiting for you to share the lovely pictures of your home garden once it gets revamped with your chosen Patio packs.
And I am feeling super excited to tell you about the ongoing work of creating an Indian Natural stone knowledge place which is going to help the people around the globe seeking knowledge of it and to be able to meet the legitimate sellers and buyers of Natural stones. Please do visit LearnAboutStones.com, and you can quickly subscribe to our feeds and newsletter service absolutely free of cost to remain ever updated about the latest happening in the Indian Natural Stone world.
Keeping no Stones unturned 🙂
Your Trusted Stoneman