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Alternative Patio Options from Innovative Stone Importers

- Friday, December 28, 2012

Like many other people these days, you may well be looking to create a garden patio, path or porch from materials other than timber decking or generic tiles. Natural stone is a very viable option in this respect as it is now far more widely available and competitively priced than it once was. Although there are of course many natural stone options available, there are three particular choices which stand out as being especially suitable for the creation of garden patios, porches and paths.

Indian sandstone

Indian sandstone is an incredibly durable paving option which is available in a wide variety of colours and can be laid in a wide range of patterns. As well as being very beautiful, Indian sandstone paving is also very easy to install.


Slate tile is another great alternative to more generic options as, like Indian sandstone; it is a very durable and hardwearing material to use for garden patios (and paths). Moreover, slate is a very versatile looking material so it can effortlessly compliment any type of garden. And, as if that isn’t enough, slate is also very low maintenance as any dirt that becomes accrued on it is simply gets washed away by the rain!


Travertine tile is yet another great outdoor tiling option as it is not only very durable, it also has great non-slip qualities (thereby making it the prefect option if you are lucky enough to have your own swimming pool). One of the great features of Travertine tile is that its colours do not fade, therefore it is able to provide many years of consistently pristine charm and beauty. Like slate, travertine requires very little in the way of maintenance or cleaning.

Quite simply, if you’re looking for something which is a little different to standard decking boards and tiles in regards to patios and porches then one of the above natural stone options could well be the way to go. And, if it’s high-quality natural stone you’re after then you really have landed on the right pages.

We here at Natural Stone & Timber are one of the UK’s leading importers of natural stone and as such, we are uniquely placed to provide competitively-priced natural stone products of the very highest quality. We are able to do this because we maintain fantastic working relationships with stone product manufacturers. This means that we can not only ‘cut out the middle man’ and determine the type of products we wish to carry ourselves; we can also negotiate our own rates and pass on the savings to you, our valued customer.

Because of this straightforward and genuine approach, our company has grown from very humble beginnings to a successful business that can ship to countries as far afield as Bulgaria, Greece and Switzerland.

So, if you want to source the very best natural stone from the very best stone importers in the UK, look no further than us here at Natural Stone & Timber.