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Price Your Granite Paving in 2024

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Granite Paving Cost per M2 in 2024

Compare any two granite paving projects and the overall granite paving cost is likely to be quite different. Several factors can contribute to this, most of which will be decided during the planning process; in this guide, you’ll discover why that is.

How Much Does Granite Paving Cost?

Granite paving is a popular choice for all manner of outdoor installations, with this durable paving material costing around £75-£80 per m2 to lay.

The main factors that will affect your granite paving price per m2 are the grade of stone you choose and how much manufacturing has gone into the cut of each paver. Granite typically comes in grades 1-7, with anything above 3 being classed as a high-grade stone.

Lower grades are generally thinner (⅜” – ¾”) and easier to cut during manufacturing. Anything above grade 3 commonly features unique colours, veins, and patterns, representing a higher cost due to their rarity and aesthetic appeal.

Like all natural stone paving materials, the size and quality of your pavers will affect the overall cost, as well as how large your project is and who you’ve chosen to do the work. Thankfully, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to keep an eye on your budget, so let’s find out what they are.

What Is Granite Paving?

Granite is an igneous rock formed by solidified magma deep underground; it’s famously hard-wearing and highly sought-after as a construction material. These slabs can be either machine-cut or naturally irregular and are known for their aesthetic appeal, with subtle sparkles caused by mineral deposits of quartz and mica.

Is Granite Good for Patios?

Granite has been used in construction for hundreds of years, thanks to its incredibly dense structure and relatively low maintenance needs. Granite is relatively easy to cut, allowing this stone to be shaped into bespoke patterns; it will not crack or split and is reasonably easy to keep clean using mild soaps.

Granite paving is pretty expensive at an average cost of £75-£80 per m2, though a well-laid granite paving installation will last for years and shouldn’t require too much upkeep or repair.

Who's Installing the Patio?

The contractors you have chosen to perform your granite paving installation will have some impact on the overall granite paving cost per m2.

Some contractors may be comfortable with you sourcing the stones yourself, which can help to keep costs down by choosing a lower grade of granite. However, this will affect their ability to make a markup on the materials, so smaller companies may be hesitant to agree to this.

Hiring a large company to install your patio will affect your ability to negotiate a lower cost, though the quality of the work may be more consistent due to their stricter rules and policies. You should look for contractors affiliated with a reputable trade association and consider seeking out examples of their work either through visiting local jobs they’ve completed or by searching for reviews online.

Why Granite Prices Can Vary

Because granite paving is formed from pure natural stone slabs, much of the price variation is down to supply and demand. Some styles of granite are much rarer than others, and each stone features a unique pattern that can bring a higher price if it’s particularly desirable to buyers.

The country of origin will also affect the price of granite paving slabs, with stones from China generally cheaper than those from Brazil, Italy or the USA. This is mainly a result of lower labour costs but will also be affected by the grade of the stone. These grades range from 1 to 7, depending on the natural strength, porosity and appearance of the raw stone.

Another significant factor in the supply cost of granite paving is how the slabs have been manufactured. Lower-grade stone is easier to cut and typically processed into thinner slabs, meaning the work that goes into cutting the final pavers is much less resource-intensive. The thicker the slabs of raw granite, the higher the manufacturing cost will be.

Riven stones, which have been split down from naturally occurring faults rather than machined, will be much cheaper to manufacture than cut stone. If your granite pavers are then to be machine cut into bespoke patterns or shapes, the manufacturing costs will rise significantly, as these stones will need to be cut separately from the bulk stone that is being processed.

Granite Paving Supply Cost

You may be tempted to keep your granite paving price per m2 down by sourcing cheaper stones from your supplier, though you should be aware that some contractors will prefer to include the supply cost of the materials in their quotes.

This helps independent contractors to ensure that even smaller projects are financially viable, as sourcing the stones themselves allows them to make a markup on the materials.

The cheapest granite paving slabs will generally cost around £35-£45 per m2, with the most expensive level 3+ high-grade tiles reaching upwards of £100 per m2.

Labour Cost - How Much To Lay Granite Pavers?

When it comes to the labour cost to lay granite paving, you should expect to pay the average UK tradesperson between £100-£150 per day; this will cover the cost of the physical work that they are to complete.

If you’re hiring individual labourers to install your paving, you should expect to budget for two or three tradespeople at this daily rate.

Suppose you’d rather hire tradespeople from a larger well-known company. In that case, these contractors will often prefer to issue a quotation for the complete installation, as this allows the company to plan their budget and timescale more effectively.

Additional Cost Factors

Patio drainage

Before you begin laying any granite paving, you should make considerations in the way of drainage. Granite is porous, so it will absorb some degree of water if unsealed, though not enough to adequately provide drainage alone.

Consider installing ACO drains and constructing a slight gradient to aid in channelling any surface water away from the patio surface; these considerations should be made before any paving begins.

Manhole covers

Some paving installations will require openings to access pre-installed utility holes; if this is the case, you could incur significant added costs. Standard covers are relatively cheap, though they will look out of place in natural stone installations. Inset covers made to match your paving stones will look much nicer but will require more work and can cost around £40-£50 per unit to install.

This short video shows the work involved in installing a new manhole cover

Patio edging

Any paving installation will need some degree of edging installed to contain the patio’s perimeter. Edging materials can range from fairly cheap pin kerbs set on concrete haunching, which will cost around £20 per metre, to full-blown garden wall installations, which can be as expensive as £200-£300 per metre.

Waste Removal

Many new paving projects will be intended to replace an old one; if this is the case, you’ll need to factor the removal of your existing patio into your overall budget.

A 4-cubic yard skip will hold around 20 square metres of rubble and cost around £120, whilst a larger 12-yard skip could set you back as much as £250 to hire.

Cost of Removing A Patio or Garden

The average labourer is capable of excavating about 10-15 square metres of space in a day. Hiring a team of two will bring that up to around 20-30 square metres, but at a day rate of £100-£150 each, the cost of removing an existing patio can quickly increase.

Jointing - How Will It Be Pointed?

Though it may be tempting to save a little money and resort to using a cheap jointing material of sand and cement, this method can be very messy and will run the risk of staining your expensive granite paving slabs.

Using a dedicated joining material is always your best option, though the more versatile products that allow for ample drainage through the joints can cost around £30-£40 per 12kg.

Typical Granite Patio Cost

The typical price per m2 to lay granite paving stones is:

Area Size
Costs
Time To Install
Manpower
10 square metres
£750-£950
2 Days
2 Pavers
20 square metres
£1500
2-3 Days
2 Pavers
50 square metres
£3250
4-5 Days
2 Pavers
100+ square metres
£5500+
8-9 Days
2 Pavers

Popular Granite Colours

  • Grey
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Gold
  • Silver

Comparison - How Much Does The Average Patio Cost?

The cheapest way to pave an outdoor space would be to use concrete slabs, at an average cost of £60-£65 per m2. We’d expect to budget around £650 to pave the average UK garden space of 10m2.

For the most expensive grade of granite paving slabs, you could expect to pay around £1000-£1200 per 10m2, though using the average cost of granite patio slabs, we estimate a total installation cost of about £850 per 10m2.

Alternative Patio Costs

As we’ve mentioned, a resin driveway cost will vary depending on several factors. The table below will give you some idea of a resin bound driveway cost.

Patio Paving Stone
Install Price per m2
Concrete Flagged Patio per m2
£60 – £65
Limestone Installation per m2
£75 – £80
£75 – £80
Granite Installation per m2
£85-£90
Slate Installation per m2
£70 – £100
Natural Stone per m2
£80-£100

Where To Buy Granite Slabs - Stockists

Paving Stones Direct

Paving Stones Direct carry an extensive range of granite slabs at price points from around £50-£100 per m2, with colours ranging from greys and blacks to blue and subtle silver.

Wickes

Wickes offers an incredibly varied range of granite stones from prices as low as £40 per m2 to as high as £120 per m2. Their colour range is mainly light to dark greys and blacks.

Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins carries a decent range of granite slabs in both lighter greys and deep blacks, with prices ranging from around £75 – £100 per m2

How To Hire The Best Patio Installer

To reliably find a local tradesperson for your paving project, we recommend using the excellent services at Bark.com. By simply entering the service you require and your postcode, you’ll be put in contact with several qualified professionals in your area.

How Do Granite Slabs Compare?

Vs Sandstone

Sandstone paving is a popular choice thanks to its pleasing aesthetics and relatively low cost, though this stone style is prone to weathering and staining, so it will be a little harder to care for than granite slabs.

Vs Block Paving

Block paving can usually be installed at a much cheaper rate than granite slabs, and the flexible nature of block paving makes it ideal for driveways and areas that expect to carry heavy loads.

The main drawback of block paving is the maintenance considerations, as you’ll be required to re-sand the surface fairly regularly unless you’re planning on sealing the surface.

Vs Porcelain

Porcelain tiles are a very fashionable way to finish an outdoor area, and thanks to their non-porous properties, they’re fairly easy to clean and maintain.

Porcelain paving will generally cost a little more to install than granite, but granite slabs as a whole are often a little more durable than porcelain tiles.

Vs Slate

Slate paving is naturally slip-resistant and very easy to clean, so it’s great as an option for outdoor paving and installations surrounding pools and water features.

Depending on the type of slate stones that you source, this paving method will generally be more expensive than granite, though both stones are durable and make very attractive patio spaces.

Vs Limestone

Limestone is comparably priced to granite when looking at the average price for each material, though this style of stone will operate very differently from granite slabs.

Limestone is porous, so it will absorb moisture if not sealed, this makes cleaning these slabs a little trickier than granite stones, and limestone slabs will often show scratches and marks fairly easily.

FAQ's

Does Granite Paving Stain?

Granite stone is slightly porous if unsealed, so it will stain after some time, though cleaning these stones is relatively straightforward with a poultice paste of baking soda and water.

Is Granite Paving Hard to Keep Clean?

Like any outdoor paving material, granite will pick up some dirt and stains throughout its lifetime. Luckily, cleaning this stone is relatively simple, and by sealing your granite, you can further reduce the need for intensive cleaning.

How Do You Maintain Granite Paving?

Sealing your granite slabs is always a good place to start, as this will prevent any moisture from seeping into the stone. Beyond this, you should regularly sweep your paving to remove dirt and weeds and periodically clean the stones with mild dish soap or other non-acidic cleaners.

What Do You Lay Granite Slabs On?

Granite slabs should be laid on an aggregate sub-base and a bed consisting of a wet mix of sand and cement.

Which Way Up Do You Lay Granite Slabs?

To make the most out of granite’s natural non-slip properties, you should lay your stones with the textured side up. This will also emphasise the sparkles created by the minerals within the stone.

Last Word

Using this guide’s information, you should be equipped to start budgeting for your new granite paved installation.

Remember that your overall granite paving cost will be affected by the quality of the stones, the size of your project and the amount of prep work that will have to be carried out before the paving begins.

Consider whether hiring individual paviours or a full landscaping company is more appropriate for your needs. Remember to check several suppliers to find a good price per m2 on the materials you wish to use.

About The Author

John, owner of Easigrass North East for seven years, has lived and breathed landscaping. He evolved from running a leading paving and landscaping business to influencing the industry through online publishing. His real-world experience and hands-on background inform his genuine, insightful guidance for others navigating this space.

Meet The Author - John

The former owner of Easigrass North East, a significant landscaping player known for leading successful paving and garden companies, is now sharing his expert insights.

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