Frequently Asked Questions
Is granite good for paving?
The natural components of granite make it a strong, durable choice for paving. It is a hard-wearing natural stone that can withstand harsh weather conditions and heavy foot traffic, particularly in patios, driveways and swimming pools.
At Beesley & Fildes, we stock granite paving slabs with subtly-textured surfaces and modern finishes for every exterior design project. They’re an excellent, low-cost way to make your garden more sophisticated and accessible.
What do you lay granite slabs on?
Laying your granite patio slabs on a solid base is essential to ensuring their longevity. To support the weight of your slabs, the base should be firm and level: that’s why you must use several materials, including a sub-base, a layer of sand or stone dust, and finally, the granite slabs.
The sub-base will provide a solid foundation for the granite paving slabs. It should comprise of compacted gravel or crushed stone, which helps distribute the slabs' weight evenly. A layer of sand or stone dust should then be added to the sub-base to create a level surface. Secure the granite slabs on the sand or stone dust layer using a special adhesive.
Does granite paving fade?
Granite is a natural stone that is highly resistant to fading. Each granite slab’s colour is determined by the minerals that make up the stone, which are typically very stable and gradually fade. As a result, granite garden slabs will maintain their colour and appearance for many years, even when exposed to harsh weather conditions. However, it’s worth noting that certain types of granite can be more prone to fading than others. Some varieties have a high iron content, which can cause rust-coloured stains to develop on the surface.
Is granite paving slippery when wet?
Granite paving slabs are generally not slippery when wet, which makes them a safe option for outdoor spaces such as patios and walkways. The granite’s surface is naturally rough and textured, providing excellent traction even when wet. However, it is worth noting that the level of slip resistance can vary depending on the granite finish. Polished granite is generally more slippery than honed or flamed granite, so choose a finish appropriate for the intended use of the paving.
Why is my granite paving turning yellow?
There are several reasons why granite paving slabs may turn yellow over time. The presence of iron in the stone can oxidise and cause yellow stains to appear. This staining is more common in particular types of granite and can be difficult to remove once mineral oxidisation has occurred. A buildup of algae or other organic matter on the surface of the granite can also cause yellowing. Your granite slabs will face eventual discolouration when they are not properly maintained. Regularly clean your granite garden slabs using mild detergent and a soft-bristled brush to prevent this.
Do granite slabs need to be sealed?
While granite is naturally resistant to moisture and staining, it is still sensible to seal granite patio slabs to protect them from damage. Sealing helps to fill any microscopic pores or cracks in the stone, preventing dirt, grime, and moisture from penetrating the surface.
Sealing is essential for outdoor paving, frequently met with foot traffic and exposed to the elements. However, it’s worth noting that some types of granite may require more frequent sealing than others, depending on the porosity of the stone and its exposure to the elements. To seal granite patio slabs, use a high-quality sealant designed specifically for natural stone.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying the sealant and reapply it to maintain its effectiveness. The substances should be applied in thin, even coats and allowed to dry completely before the surface is used.