Anyone used real stone for a patio?

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I'm choosing slabs and Indian sandstone looks nice, but at 22mm thick is this liable to crack? Patio will be at the far end of the garden, no cars on it, not a thoroughfare.

I've spoken to friends who have tried saving a few Bob by getting dyed cast concrete slabs and then regretted it afterwards.

Any comments welcome.
 
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20-25mm is standard for Indian stone. It is laid on a full mortar bed and isn't liable to crack no. Go for a hard sandstone, stay away from the soft ones like mint, rainbow, teak etc..
 
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Thanks for replies, going to do a full mortar bed.

@200sols the slabs I've been looking at are just the ones you described, which evidently are soft. What are the harder varieties called?
 
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Thanks for replies, going to do a full mortar bed.

@200sols the slabs I've been looking at are just the ones you described, which evidently are soft. What are the harder varieties called?

Kandla grey and raj green are some of the best, rippon buff and autumn brown are worth looking at as well.
 
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I always put a foundation of concrete. I know it sounds nuts but actually compared to the cost of the stone, it's really just a bit time consuming rather than expensive. It's a pleasure to work with and really does stop the stones shifting or cracking.
 
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I always put a foundation of concrete. I know it sounds nuts but actually compared to the cost of the stone, it's really just a bit time consuming rather than expensive. It's a pleasure to work with and really does stop the stones shifting or cracking.

You still need a sub base though or the concrete will sink. The full mortar bed is like concrete anyway.
 
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SBR mixed with cement into a slurry painted on back on a full mortar bed. 3:1 mix with SBR in mix also.
 
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Thanks everyone. With regards to drainage, it's 20m2 (7m X 3m) at the far end of the garden, I was intending to put a French drain in front of it with a little strip of decorative gravel at the top

Any other suggestions?
 
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