When it comes to paving an outdoor space, there are a range of options to choose from. To make the most informed decision, it is important to consider the area in which the paving will sit. Is it required for a high traffic area that is used by both vehicles and pedestrians? Or will the area just be subjected to light use over a long period of time?

Understanding the area where the surfacing material is required will help you to understand how the benefits of each material relate to your project. For example, paving for an outdoor space around a retail park will be subjected to heavy footfall almost constantly. Therefore, the paving material used for this should be durable enough to stand the test of time.

The Different Types of Paving Material

In this article, we’ll explore some of the different types of paving materials and their applications. We’ll look at both their benefits and drawbacks for a range of projects to help you best understand which paving material is best for your project.

Natural Stone Paving

Natural stone paving is a popular choice because of its finish. It suits outdoor surroundings well and the different types (such as granite and slate) can be used for a contemporary finish. Natural stone paving is much more prone to damage and weathering, particularly in wetter climates. It is also quite an expensive option, especially if you’re looking to pave a large area. Both elements combined mean that natural stone paving isn’t a cost-effective choice for large surfaces areas that are likely to be exposed to constant use and the rigors of the weather.

Concrete Paving

Concrete paving is often used for footpaths because it is cheap and durable. It is a good choice for areas of high footfall for these reasons. Concrete paving often doesn’t look as good as other alternatives. There is not much choice for variation in colour or style, and it lacks the natural finish of options such as natural stone paving.


Paving cobbles and setts are generally favoured for creating a unique, alternative finish to surfaces. They aren’t often used in the creation of footpaths anymore for a number of reasons. The first being that cobbles are more prone to damage and therefore require more repair work and maintenance to keep them looking good. Further to this, cobbles create an uneven surface which can lead to accessibility issues for users.

NatraTex Paving

NatraTex paving is a cost-effective landscaping material that can be used in a variety of projects. Available in both neutral hues and vibrant shades, it’s an ideal surface course for footpaths, access roads, courtyards and pathways. As coloured paving NatraTex can also be used for schools and leisure centres in the creation of MUGA pitches and playgrounds.

High performing in heavy use areas, NatraTex is a durable solution that needs very little maintenance. As it is not prone to damage and designed to cope with most conditions, it is often used to create attractive, smooth surfaces in recreational, retail, residential and regeneration projects.

Learn More About NatraTex Paving

NatraTex paving is available in two different varieties. The first, NatraTex Cotswold, can be applied in a neutral buff colour and is sympathetic to the surrounding environment. The second, NatraTex Colour, can be applied in a vibrant shade of your choice which is achieved by adding pigmentation during the mixing process.
NatraTex can also be easily repaired. In the event of unexpected surfacing repairs, NatraTex ColdLay can be utilised to reinstate small areas. This product is supplied, to your specifications, in a easily transportable 25kg bucket and needs no specialist equipment in application. Instead, it can be hand compacted to start the curing process and dries quickly to allow for the area to be used again.

To find out more about NatraTex products, please contact us. Alternatively, to see how NatraTex has been utilised across the country, take a look at our case studies. We have extensive experience in supporting customers to find the right paving material for their project and can advise on a variety of areas to match the right product to your needs.