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How to: Choose the Right Stone for your Pathway or Patio

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How to: Choose the right stone for your pathway or patio 

When it comes to creating a beautiful and functional pathway in your outdoor space, choosing the right paving stones is crucial. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Here are some key factors to consider when selecting paving stones, along with examples of NZ and internationally sourced stone stocked at Stone & Water World that might be suitable for your project.


1. Size and Shape

The size and shape of the paving stones you choose will depend on the size and shape of your pathway. If you have a narrow pathway, smaller stones may be more appropriate, while larger stones work well for wider paths. Rectangular or square stones can give a more traditional look, while irregularly shaped stones can create a more natural, organic feel.

NZ stone examples: Alpine Schist, Paradise Schist Pavers, Waitaha Schist


2. Thickness

Another important factor to consider is the thickness of the stones. Thicker stones are generally more durable and can withstand heavier traffic and harsh weather conditions. For pathways that will be used frequently or for areas with high foot traffic, a thickness of at least 40mm is recommended. For decorative areas or pathways that will be used less frequently, thinner stones around 20-30mm may be suitable.

Stone & Water World stone examples: Euro Blue Split Pavers, Paradise Thin Pavers


3. Colour and Texture

The colour and texture of your paving stones can have a significant impact on the overall look and feel of your pathway. If you want a natural, earthy look, consider stones with earthy tones and a rough, textured surface. For a more modern, sleek look, opt for stones with a smooth, polished finish and bold, contrasting colours.

Stone & Water World stone examples: Granite Stepping Stones, Flamed Riverstone Pavers, Euro Green Split Paving Stone


4. Climate and Location

Consider the climate and location of your outdoor space when choosing paving stones. If you live in an area with harsh weather conditions, such as heavy rainfall or extreme temperatures, you may want to choose stones that are more durable and weather-resistant.

NZ stone examples: Granite Stepping Stones, Euro Pavers


By considering these factors and selecting the right paving stones for your pathway, you can create a beautiful and functional outdoor space that you'll enjoy for years to come. With NZ's wide range of beautiful stones, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your project.


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