Where To Buy Cheap Paving SlabsContributed By: BAG Editors
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to spruce up your backyard or garden, installing some cheap paving slabs on your own may be just the way to go. If you can find some cheap paving slabs for sale, you can easily turn an open area into an interesting patio or sitting area, or you can create a meandering pathway among your flowers or lawn. So here lies the problem – where do you buy cheap paving slabs?
The secret to finding cheap patio paving slabs that won’t cost you an arm and a leg is a little flexibility on your part. If you are willing to compromise a bit on color, texture and size – and you are willing to do some leg work to find what you need – you may be able to find some paving slabs cheaply – or at least more cheaply than what it would cost you if you paid full price. Once you’ve found the discounted slabs, the key is to do your own installation to keep the cost of installing paving slabs cheap as well.
Where to Find Cheap Paving Slabs
- Ask about sales – The best place to begin your search for cheap paving slabs is to go to a masonry or landscape supply company that specializes in selling slabs. Find out if they have any particular type of slabs on sale that are cheaper than usual and see if you like those. Sometimes if suppliers have an abundance of inventory or have a particular style that is not selling well, they’ll discount that particular style to move it more quickly.
- Collect scrap – If you are only covering a small area, such as an area around a garden fountain or a small walkway through your garden, you may be able to piece together your paved area cheaply by collecting scrap pieces of patio paving slabs and then creating an interesting pattern with the different pieces you find. Ask if there are broken pieces of paving slabs that can no longer be sold and see whether you can get them for free or if you can buy the broken patio slabs cheaply. You may have to go to a number of different paving slab suppliers, but if you can collect a few pieces from each, you will quickly have some cheap paving slabs that you can turn into an interesting and eye-catching design. Just lay the mismatched slabs out to create an interesting pattern before installing them. You may want to break bigger pieces down even more to create a look that more closely resembles natural stone – especially if some slabs are much larger than others.
- Ask friends, relatives and neighbors for surplus – If you know people that recently installed their own patio or walkway, you can ask if they have any surplus paving slabs that you can either have for free or that you can buy from them cheaply. Patio slabs given to you by people you know may be the cheapest, since they are often just extras lying around taking up room and people are happy to part with them, so they may not even cost you anything.
- Shop off-season – Walkway and patio paving slabs, and any other type of products that are meant for outdoors, will typically be more expensive in the spring and summer, when homeowners run out to do all types of outdoor projects. Some products will then be discounted in the fall to reduce inventory before the winter season rolls in. If you are not in a rush to get your project done, you may be able to find some cheap paving slabs for sale during the end of the fall season or beginning of the winter. You’ll still usually have time to complete your project before the ground gets too hard and frozen. Otherwise, you can store the slabs until spring when you’re ready to install them.