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Setts & Cobbles

Our range of Indian Sandstone and granite setts are available in a wide range of our most popular coloured products and provide enough choice to match or contrast any of our sandstone and granite paving ranges. They make a perfect edge to a patio or pathway especially when adjoining a lawn or flower bed. If you are interested in discovering more about our range of natural stone setts and their availability near you, please take a browse below or contact your local depot to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

where are you located

We have branches across the south coast of England, including Poole in Dorset, Winchester, Tadley, Romsey and Portsmouth in Hampshire. Internal showrooms are available to view in Poole and Portsmouth and External Display are available at Portsmouth, Poole, Winchester and Tadley. 

Please visit our contact page for further information on the following link:    /our-depots

How many granite setts in a square meter (m2)?

This really does depend on the size of setts you are using, but below is an approximate guide to the most popular products available in the UK currently.

Finished face 100mm x 100mm (varying depth) = 81 per sqm including a 10mm pointing gap

Finished face 200mm x 100mm (varying depth) = 43 per sqm including a 10mm pointing gap

What are granite setts?

Setts are square or rectangular quarried stones most commonly made from Granite or Limestone that are cropped / cut into sizes ranging from 100mm to 300mm in depth and width. These have been used in a vast range of paving installations for centuries but most commonly are seen in driveway and road construction.

What is the difference between cobbles and setts?

These terms are often confused but basically setts are square or rectangular quarried stones most commonly made from Granite or Limestone that are cropped / cut into sizes ranging from 100mm to 300mm in depth and width, these have been used in a vast range of paving installation for centuries.

Cobbles are quite often used to refer for something that is actually a sett, but the word cobble derives from the word cob which means a rounded lump. Cobbles and setts are both used traditionally in road construction, which could be where the confusion may arise, but the main difference is that setts are square and cobbles are round.

How to lay granite and sandstone setts?

In general setts are laid in a very similar way to normal paving slabs. You need to install a good base and then bed each of the setts individually into a full mortar bed. If being used for driveway you will need to increase the depth of the sub-base accordingly. The below video gives some great advice on the finer details of laying sandstone and granite setts.

How to point granite setts?

There are a few options when it comes to pointing setts the traditional way of using sand and cement mortar is still very popular and comprises mixing the sand and cement in a 4 to 1 ratio. This is then mixed to a wet but workable consistency, which is then pressed into the joints using a pointing trowel or Iron. This method is very time consuming and expensive due to the labour costs involved, which has resulted in alternative products for easier installation being developed.

A very good alternative to the traditional method is Flowpoint, which is a cement-based product used mainly by the civil engineering industry but is a far quicker method and offers superior frost resistance to mortar pointing. This product is mixed into a slurry and then poured into the joints, it then hardens within ten minutes and the excess can be brushed and hosed off. We recommend this product is used only by professional trades people as mistakes are very hard to rectify if used incorrectly.

Do I need to seal my patio?

Yes, we recommend you seal all sandstone and natural stone paving upon (or shortly after) installation, to ensure it stays looking at it's best for longest. Sealing will help make it resilient to staining and increases it's longevity. We recommend Universeal Hydroseal or for an enhanced look Universeal Ultimate Stone Enhancer

Can I come and collect from you?

Yes. Our opening hours and address are found on the Contact Us page. We have fork-lift trucks for loading onto suitable vehicles at all sites, and staff are always available to help with loading of smaller items. We highly recommend that you call your local branch, before visiting, to confirm the items you wish to collect are available.

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