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Posted: 13 June 2019,10:58 QUOTE

Currently have black limestone patio sealed with Lithofin which is around 4 years old and it has faded really bad.

So want to lay a new patio in a stone that will hold its colour longer. Looking for recommendations on something to use that is dark in colour.

Have looked at porcelain but seems really expensive.
Need around 30m2.
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Posted: 16 June 2019,12:27 QUOTE

If the paving is in good shape etc, why not get it professionally cleaned & re-sealed?, No sealers are going to last especially on Black Limestone, they tend to start fading after 12 months, even the expensive ones, high maintenance paving for what it is IMO

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Posted: 16 June 2019,13:22 QUOTE

I want to change the layout as had a recent extension so need to change it around.

Just thinking to future proof and lay something that doesn't require expensive sealers or maintenance all the time.
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Posted: 17 June 2019,17:13 QUOTE

kandla grey is the hardest and lowest maintenance indian stone in my experience
very monotone  but doesnt stain or fade
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Posted: 20 June 2019,17:26 QUOTE

If you want long-lasting dark colour, then it's either a Padang-type granite, a Brazilian slate, or a porcelain, and none of them are particularly cheap.

The granite can be daubed with a sealant to 'enrich' the colour, but, as others have said, that will become a reasonably regular task - maybe every 2-3 years for best effect. Slate and porcelain are not suitable for (don't actually need!) a sealant, and more-or-less stay looking as they are permanently.

Dark shades are very much the in-thing right now, so you *will* pay for the look.

Buying a cheaper dark-ish stone and plastering it with a sealant every so often would probably work out more expensive over the service life of the patio (say 15 years) than it would to spend those few extra quid to buy a better quality stone or porcelain. Bear in mind that a genuinely good quality sealant will cost you 3 or 4 quid/m and then, when it comes to re-application, you would be well advised to have a professional in to thoroughly clean the surface and prep it prior to re-sealing, which could easily cost you twice as much.

All of a sudden, paying an extra tenner or so per m doesn't seem that bad an investment!


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Posted: 20 June 2019,17:26 QUOTE

If you want long-lasting dark colour, then it's either a Padang-type granite, a Brazilian slate, or a porcelain, and none of them are particularly cheap.

The granite can be daubed with a sealant to 'enrich' the colour, but, as others have said, that will become a reasonably regular task - maybe every 2-3 years for best effect. Slate and porcelain are not suitable for (don't actually need!) a sealant, and more-or-less stay looking as they are permanently.

Dark shades are very much the in-thing right now, so you *will* pay for the look.

Buying a cheaper dark-ish stone and plastering it with a sealant every so often would probably work out more expensive over the service life of the patio (say 15 years) than it would to spend those few extra quid to buy a better quality stone or porcelain. Bear in mind that a genuinely good quality sealant will cost you 3 or 4 quid/m and then, when it comes to re-application, you would be well advised to have a professional in to thoroughly clean the surface and prep it prior to re-sealing, which could easily cost you twice as much.

All of a sudden, paying an extra tenner or so per m doesn't seem that bad an investment!


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