What Laying Pattern Shall I use for my Patio?

When the stone paving has been bought how do you decide upon a suitable laying pattern.  There are specific laying patterns for stone paving that should be followed in some instances. For others there is room for personal preference.

Read this blog which explains about the different laying patterns available for stone paving

The Correct Laying Pattern for Natural stone Paving

Natural stone paving from India is normally sold in project packs.  Within these packs there is a set number of paving slabs in 4 different sizes.  At Stoneworld our paving is all 25-35mm thick ensuring a robust hard-wearing patio In a crate there is sufficient to cover 12.82 sqm, comprising of 12: 845 x 560mm,  12: 560 x 560mm, 12: 560 x 275mm, and 14:  275 x 275mm.  Some suppliers will sell more slabs in a project pack, covering more space, but these will be thinner less hard-wearing slabs that are more prone to breakage and frost damage over the life of the patio.

The laying pattern we recommend for Natural stone project packs is here>>

Laying patterns for single size paving slabs

Natural stone can also be bought in single size formats whereby all paving slabs are the same size.  This is particularly desirable with contemporary formats such as sawn paving.  Porcelain paving is also often sold in single size formats.  The slabs can be laid in a square stack bond, which is simply each slab laid next to each other like a chequerboard.  This is certainly the easiest pattern to lay the slabs in, but it requires accuracy.  Any errors in the spacing of the slabs will be far more obvious using this pattern. Alternatively, use a brick bond, also called a staggered joint.  Usng this method, slabs are laid in parallel rows with slabs in adjacent rows laid either 50% across from the previous row, as seen here:

La roche paving laid in 50% brick bond

View 50% Brick Bond Laying Pattern for guidance>>

Or, if you use the 1/3 to 2/3 brick bond, lay slabs a third of the way across from the adjacent row as seen here:

View 1/3-2/3  Brick Bond Laying Pattern for guidance>>

These staggered brick bonds go by several names such as broken bond or half bond.  They all mean roughly the same thing as shown above.

Laying Pattern for Travertine Paving

There are other patterns to adhere to depending on the product bought.  For example Travertine paving is commonly sold in project packs comprising of the following sizes: 200 x 200; 200 x 400;400 x 400;and 400 x 600. To create a neat pattern using the mixed sizes here use the small Opus laying pattern

Kale Travertine in Oxfordshire

View the Small Opus laying pattern here>>

Laying Pattern for Cobble Paving

Cobble Paving also requires its own laying pattern to use the smaller pavers in an even mix.  Project pack sizes for this product comprise of 200 x 150; 200 x 200; 300 x 200; 300 x 400.

Black sandstone tumbled cobbles in Oxfordshire
Black Sandstone Tumbled Cobbles

View the cobble paving laying pattern here>>

 

These are a few of the main patterns we recommend for laying stone paving.  There are a few more, suitable for specific products and interior flooring projects.  We have them all stored on our website. View all our laying patterns here>>

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