General Information

Sizes and joint widths 

  • Size dimensions quoted on this website are nominal and for guidance only.
  • Actual sizes are subject to manufacturing tolerances and will vary, particularly where riven profiles and fettled edges are a feature of the product.
  • Always dry lay the product to check area required (especially circles and patio kits).
  • See joint widths recommended for products on the product page.
  • For best results a strong semi-dry mortar mix is recommended (with sufficient water content to bind but not so much as to stain the paving when introduced). Pointing is best completed as laying work progresses and should be carried out during dry spells of weather and sufficient pointing mortar should be mixed to be used within 30-45 minutes (less in hot weather conditions). After this time it may become too dry to bond. If spaces between paving are filled with sand, modified sand or decorative stone, moisture may be held in the joints and water may penetrate the sub-base for excessive periods of time, resulting in the possible occurrence of dark staining on the top surface or around the edges of the paving.
  • Our policy is one of continuous improvement, innovation and development and as such we reserve the right to change specification without notice.

Health and Safety

  • Minor scuffing can occur due to movement in transit and will generally disappear in time.
  • It is recommended that items over 25kg or those that are awkward in shape should be handled by more than one person.
  • Due to the nature of our products we always recommend you investigate suitable lifting equipment be used.
  • Always wear gloves and safety footwear when handling the product.
  • Always wear safety goggles and appropriate respiratory protection when cutting is required.
  • If using a high speed cutter wear suitable respiratory protection.
  • Ensure the products are on level ground and retained in some way before removing any packaging.
  • Always handle with care as breakages and chipping may result from mishandling.
  • If in doubt do not lay and consult Simply Paving or Bradstone customer care.

Block paving colour swatches

  • We recommend a neoprene faced or rubber sole plate on vibrating plate compactors to reduce scuffing.

Colour variations can occur within packs, therefore:

  • Do not mix blocks from different factories.
  • Ensure your sample and block are from the same factory.
  • Block paving should be ordered from the same batch number to avoid colour variation. Simply Paving and Bradstone cannot accept responsibility once blocks are laid from different batches.
  • Best results are achieved through mixing from 3 to 5 different packs and from vertical columns rather than horizontal rows.
  • Light colours are susceptible to staining and care should be given when selecting blocks for driveways.
  • The colours depicted on this website are as accurate as modern technology allows.

Application/suitability

  • Bradstone products and materials, unless otherwise stated, are for domestic landscaping projects.
  • Decorative paving is not recommended for use on driveways.
  • All products must be checked on arrival and in the unlikely event of products reaching you in a less than satisfactory condition, please contact simply Paving immediately, allowing time for the rejected product to be replaced. Simply Paving cannot accept responsibility once the product has been laid.
  • De-icing salts should not be used on the Bradstone range of decorative paving.
  • Regular maintenance is required to keep the overall appearance of the product in pristine condition. We recommend thoroughly washing paved areas with warm soapy water and brushing off with a stiff broom three or four times a year.
  • Simply Paving and Bradstone do not recommend the regular use of jet/power washers on the decorative range of paving and walling, as this may affect the surface of the product over time. For advice on cleaning and general maintenance of your patio please contact Simply Paving or the Bradstone customer care team.
  • Simply Paving cannot be held responsible for the possible effects or damage caused by the contamination or application of some chemically based products which come into contact with a concrete surface e.g. some weed killers and acid or alkaline based cleaners.
  • When laying a patio or path close to a house or dwelling it is essential that the finished paving surface level is at least 150mm below damp course level and should slope away from the building. A fall of 1:60 is generally sufficient). All paved areas should be gently sloping to allow excess water to be directed away and should always be laid on well drained ground. Any base preparation should also allow for drainage. Poor drainage may result in water retention and may affect the weathering characteristics of the materials.

Natural stone colour and patio maintenance

  • Natural stone is low maintenance and hard wearing paving.
  • May contain minor imperfections.
  • Natural products will vary in colour due to natural pigmentation.
  • Tonal variations are evident in all natural stone products; we therefore recommend that colours are judged from actual materials. It is important to view a range of samples to acknowledge the authentic diversity in colours, texture and markings.
  • The colours depicted on this website are as accurate as modern technology allows.
  • Always lay Natural stone on a full mortar bed.
  • We recommend Natural Limestone and Smooth Natural Sandstone be sealed to assist with maintenance and care of your patio.
  • Smooth Natural Sandstone needs to be handled very carefully when installing to minimise damage and staining. We would advise that the product be sealed prior to laying. However, if this is not possible, it should be covered up as it is installed and sealed as soon as it is laid.
  • For further information please contact Simply Paving or the Bradstone customer care team. For information on specific sealants, please contact the manufacturer.
  • We always recommend testing a sealant on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it does not have any adverse affects on your paved area.
  • After laying, some natural stone products may exhibit a brown colouration when oxidation of any iron content occurs.

Reconstituted stone colour

  • Colours may vary subtly, especially in weathered shades.
  • Colours will appear different during varying weather conditions such as, sunlight and rain. Please check colour samples on dry daylight conditions.
  • Manufactured products are designed to simulate natural stone and naturally occurring aggregates are utilised, therefore variation between batches can occur. Where possible, products should be selected from the same product batch.
  • To produce an overall natural appearance when using two or more packs of product we suggest that individual products are drawn from each pack and mixed on site at the onset of the project.
  • Decorative products will weather over time.
  • The colours depicted on this website are as accurate as modern technology allows.
Efflorescence
  • Efflorescence appears on concrete paving products as white patches or a lightening of the surface colour, but seems to disappear when wet. It is formed by a normal chemical reaction between cement and water which causes calcium hydroxide (lime) to migrate through damp concrete to the paving surface and then react with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere resulting in a deposit of calcium carbonate crystals. Efflorescence is very unpredictable in its occurrence but is more prevalent in winter when concrete becomes wet and dries more slowly. Although there are cleaners available, efflorescence is a natural phenomenon and will generally disappear with the natural weathering process and the passage of time.
  • Simply Paving and Bradstone cannot accept responsibility for the effect of efflorescence which can be a characteristic of all good quality products with a high cement content.