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Are you worried about slipping on stone paving?
Nervous about accidents in the wet British weather?
Manufacturers and rock processing plants have long been adding slip resistance to outdoor stone and tiles to ensure that families can be safe from an increased risk of slipping- even in the heaviest downpour or on the frostiest morning.
How does textured paving stop slips?
Just like the bottoms of your shoes have patterns designed to help you grip the floor while you walk, called treads, textured paving has a modified surface to ensure that people have something to grip onto while walking on paving.
This decreases the likelihood of slips on stone paving and tiles.
Does textured paving occur naturally?
Put simply, sometimes.
Some textures occur naturally, thanks to the properties of the stone or the splitting process, while non-quarried stones have textures that either occur during the manufacturing process or are introduced during secondary processes.
Natural textures occur on quarried stones that are recovered and further worked into flags, kerbs, or setts.
When the stones are split along bedding or lamination planes and a riven finish occurs which is naturally rough and textured.
In non-quarried stone types, some textures are naturally occurring thanks to the component parts and/ or the moulding process, for example in concrete or clay, which are referred to as standard textures. Other stones undergo secondary processes to create textured paving.
Concrete is rough-textured thanks to the mix of aggregates it’s made from. Increased textures can be applied by casting it in differently shaped moulds, which can imprint fine details such as pimple finishes. The same also applies to clay-based paving.
Some stones undergo secondary processes to give them a rough appearance, perfect for textured paving.
This involves applying further techniques following initial manufacture. The most popular techniques or processes include:
Textured paving options available at Stone & Porcelain
No matter how your stone of choice is recovered or manufactured, you can be reassured by the slip resistance included on all textured paving from Stone & Porcelain, making your outdoor space safe for play in all weather.
If you would like advice on choosing textured paving to finish off your outdoor space, contact our experts today on 01744 304 545 or fill in our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.