Paving Superstore tells Pro Landscaper about its top tip for quality paving.
If your client is looking to change there garden and looking for the ideal paving it is important to not just consider price, colour, texture, size but also uality.
Quality of the paving will ensure it will last, maintaining the unique features that made you choose it in the first place.
Unfortunately, a large proportion of companies in the UK still sell non CE marked paving.
CE Marking ensures the stone has been tested and conforms to European standards.
Why is it important to check for CE Marking?
To make sure you get a quality and a cost effective lasting paving you need to look for the CE marked sign. Each product produced also comes with a Declaration of Performance certificate available on request. This will show the various properties of each stone and how it is likely to react under different circumstances.
CE Marking gives customers the assurance that the material exceeds the base technical levels outlined in the British Standard, BS 7533 Class 2.
To give you an idea of the importance of testing below is an outline of four of many of the tests that are carried out:
Water Absorption Testing : This is to test the amount of water absorbed into the stone. This is a crucial consideration as the more water is absorbed after rain or cleaning the more susceptible the paving will be to mould, moss and algae growth.
Flexural Strength Testing: Testing the strength and flexibility of the stone. Each stone will have a flexural strength value showing how much bending stress a paving unit can be put under before it breaks.
Frost Resistant Testing: Natural stone is very resistant to frost but it can sometimes weaken the stone causing it to crack or flake. Its resistance to frost is therefore measured by a percentage reduction in flexural strength after a cycle of freezing and thawing. If a stone loses strength or starts to fall apart when subjected to repeated frosts then it isn’t fit for purpose.
Slip Resistant Testing: During the testing process, a pendulum is used to swing across the stone to determine friction when wet or dry.
Many more tests are carried out to decide if the stone is suitable for use.
At Paving Superstore we only sell products that are from proven leading and respectable brands. Quality is paramount, so we ensure that only the best quality stone is selected for use in the manufacture of our products. This means our customers receive paving that is manufactured from the best quality sandstone, limestone and granite, resulting in high durability of your paving long after installation.
All our products comply with the CE mark therefore you can trust you will receive a high standard material to make certain you can enjoy your garden in years to come. No cracking in frost, resistant to mould and safe.