Choos­ing ma­te­ri­als

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Con­crete and tiles are durable and easy care. Sur­face treat­ments such as colour­ing, ex­posed ag­gre­gate and pat­terned cut­ting mean con­crete doesn’t have to be a bor­ing slab of grey.

Asphalt gives an in­con­spic­u­ous but hard­wear­ing sur­face al­low­ing plants to be the main fo­cus of at­ten­tion. It also wears well, but can be hot to walk on.

Bricks and cob­bles al­low for in­ter­est­ing pat­terns and are eas­ier than some other op­tions if you want to lay paving your­self. They are not usu­ally set in con­crete so there is more chance of weeds, but loose pavers are ideal if you need to re­tain ac­cess to un­der­ground ser­vices.

Tim­ber decking is com­fort­able, warm and easy-care. A board­walk works won­der­fully as a path­way through tricky ter­rain, or where there is wa­ter to cross. Peb­ble, shell or gravel sur­faces, while not as long last­ing, are easy to lay and good for in­for­mal or less used path­ways. Smooth peb­bles are eas­ier on bare feet than sharp gravel or shell.

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