Patios and New Driveways in Farnham | Tips for Choosing Your Paving - From Block Pavers to Indian Sandstone

If you are planning a new driveway, patio or other outdoor area, you are probably wondering what material to use. With so many options out there, from block paving to porcelain paving, it can be hard to know which one to pick. To help homeowners in Bordon, Farnham and the surrounding areas make this decision, we have put together this guide. Of course, our landscapers offer personalised advice to every customer who contacts us for garden patios and other landscaping services.

With WJ Swansborough Garden Services Limited, paving is not your only option – we also offer timber and composite decking. As such, we can help you decide whether paving or decking is better for you.

Colour and Texture

The colour and texture of hardscape materials are important for creating your desired look and feel, whether you are planning a new driveway, patio or path. So, as a starting point, think about the overall style of your garden and wider property.

For traditional and cottage gardens in Farnham, you may opt for tumbled block paving and shades which match the house and blend with the garden. Timber decking can also provide a more rustic and earthy feel.

If you prefer a contemporary style, our landscapers recommend uniform colour and defined edges for garden patios. Porcelain and marble are popular options for modern gardens. If you want a deck, opt for composite decking because it is more uniform than natural wood.

Wet and Dry

One mistake that is easy to make is not looking at paving when it is wet. Due to the amount of rain we get in Farnham and the surrounding areas, your surface is likely to be wet relatively often. Consequently, it is important you like how it looks when it is wet as well as dry.

Water can bring out colours you don’t notice the rest of the time, which can change the look of your paving. So, before committing, see what paving options look like when wet.


Our landscapers always take your budget into account. Because landscaping materials can vary significantly in price, it is important to determine your budget and explore suitable options. Some homeowners in Farnham choose to use more expensive stone in main areas and find a cheaper material for secondary/more secluded paths and garden patios.

The following is a general guide:

  • For new driveways, gravel is the most affordable option. Concrete and tarmac tend to be cheaper than block paving

  • Porcelain paving is one of the more expensive patio materials

  • The initial cost of composite decking is higher than timber deking

  • Imported stone is cheaper than British stone

Please call 01428 713808 or 07765 645412 for new driveways, patios and paths in Farnham and the surrounding areas.