With Spring’s arrival and having had a few warmer days at last, it is the time of year that many people start thinking about installing a new patio. Here at ALDA Landscapes we have received more enquiries about patios over the last two weeks than we do at other times of the year!… and this generally carries on throughout the Summer.
Over the next few months I thought it would be helpful to look at the different options available when choosing paving. Often the hardest decision for our clients in the design of a new garden is getting the paving right for their new patio. Not only does it have to compliment the style of their garden and property but our clients are also concerned to choose paving that is practical and requires low maintenance.
What I plan to do is cover each paving material in a separate blog post (I’ll stick the links below as they’re written), and then I’ll round the whole thing up by doing some sort of a comparison of the different options. Watch this space!
Sourcing your paving
At ALDA Landscapes we will normally source the paving for our clients and provide samples – this comes as part of the design expertise we offer.
Our main supplier is Nigel Belcher Turf and Paving Ltd in Hermitage (01635 202700). Nigel will guarantee the quality of the paving, which cuts down on wastage for us – if there is a problem with the paving he will happily replace it. Being able to see and touch the paving in the flesh helps tremendously in the decision making process and Nigel has an extensive range on display.
As a landscaping company, we don’t recommend buying off the internet, or using a builder’s merchant, as we’re unable to guarantee our clients the same level of quality or service as with our known trusted suppliers. If you don’t live locally, look for a well-respected, local supplier who is willing to guarantee the quality of their stone. Those that work with a lot of professional garden designers/landscapers will be a good starting point.