Laying Sawn Sandstone

Different natural stones require different laying techniques.  We've been watching The Original Stone Paving Co lay Sawn Granite Sett's but we are taking a break from Warrington today and are going to look at the installation methods required for Sawn Sandstone.  Laying Sawn Paving requires more care and a greater attention to detail than would riven Indian Sandstone Paving.  Sawn Paving has very clean edges which make it more susceptible to damage on site or in transit.  There is also further chance of it being damaged once in the clients garden.  The message is to handle Sawn Sandstone with care.  Once the stone has been laid and pointed then the chance of damage is much less, but until installation is complete it must be handled with caution.

Many people when buying sawn garden paving have an idea that in order to achieve a contemporary finish, the paving needs to be butt jointed.  This is wrong for 2 reasons.  Firstly, sawn natural stone paving always looks better with a joint of about 5mm.  The joint gives the indivdiual stones context and also helps to display the natural characteristics of the stone.  Garden paving which is butt jointed looks untidy and cluttered, not exactly ideal when trying to create  a modern outdoor space.  Secondly all paving has dimensional tolerances, in the case of Sawn Sandstone Paving the cutting tolerances are +/- 2mm.  These cutting tolerances make it impossible to butt joint sawn stone.

Below are some examples of professionaly laid Sawn Paving:


Buff Sawn Sandstone laid around a swimming pool


A Beige Sawn Sandstone roof terrace designed and installed by Hammersmith & Chiswick Landscapes

For any further information on installation of sawn paving, dont hesiatte to contact us.

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By London Stone Blog | Published 25th July 2012
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