Cut paving stones safely and neatly
When you want to gild with paving stones and tiles on the plot, you will most certainly have to cut your stones here and there. If not next to the edges, maybe to a laying pattern. We tell you how to proceed when you have to cut your ground stone and tiles.
Why do I need to cut paving stones?
There are several reasons why you may need to cut paving stones . The most common thing when laying a garden path, patio or driveway is to saw to fit pieces to the outer sides for an even and neat paving. You also need to do that to be able to supplement with a stable curbstone . If you want to lay curved stone walkways, you may also need to cut the stones so that there are not too large gaps. By cutting the ground stone, you are also not bound to its shape. Create interesting laying patterns with a personal touch. Dare to break color, design and shape!
Tools for cutting ground stone for your paving
When you need to cut paving stones , there are several tools to use. The most common option is to use a circular saw with a stone or diamond blade. But an angle grinder also works for smaller cuts and thinner stone slabs. You just have to be careful when cutting so that you don't accidentally injure yourself. In addition, it can get quite dusty if you don't wet cut. Be sure to use protective equipment no matter how you cut your ground stone.
Common tools for stone cutting:
- Angle grinder, rotary cutter or motor cutter
- Stone cutting (slab or wall cutting)
Feel free to consult us if you are in doubt about which tool is right for the job!
Cutting paving stones with an angle grinder often works
Cutting paving stones with an angle grinder and diamond blade is a common option. It's easy to drive the diamond blade through the ground stone, but keep in mind that it can get quite dusty when you cut dry. Sometimes it can be better to wet cut stone, then it won't be as dusty and your stone often gets a nicer cut. Precisely for granite ceramics , granite tiles and slate tiles , it is often easier to use wet cutting to avoid chipped edges and for the best results.
Slate and granite are also natural materials that can be cut to the desired shape by cutting the stone. Organ-bound slate in particular is often cut by cutting to shape. A chiseled edge can be achieved with a variety of tools and can sometimes feel a bit difficult. But the irregular surface gets a natural joint and a rustic cut by carving the stone.
And if you are cutting thicker tiles or laying larger surfaces with more cuts, a larger cut is an advantage. Rent a chainsaw with a diamond blade from your nearest machine rental company!
Cutting concrete stone with a stone cutter is painless
An alternative when you want to cut concrete stone is to use a so-called stone cutter. Place the concrete block in the stone blocks, clamp it and then cut to the desired size. With the help of the stone cutter's arm, you give the stone a straight cut without noise or dust. With a stone cutter, the cuts are also jagged, which makes them extra good for tumbled ground stones instead of a sharp cut like the angle grinder. If the stone is notched a bit during the splitting, you can easily fill it again later during the jointing phase.
How to cut paving stones safely and neatly
It is important that you cut your paving stone with great care. We also recommend that you do not cut small pieces that are less than 1/3 of the stone's normal size. These have a greater risk of cracking and are not always so stable. In addition to reducing the load-bearing strength and durability of the stone, it is also more difficult to cut small pieces. In addition, your paving will not look as good! If, against the odds, you need to lay small pieces of ground stone, it is important that you lay them next to whole stones. Feel free to check with us at Stenbolaget or a specialist before you cut smaller parts for your construction.
Start by laying out the ground stone where you want it to lie. Then mark with a pencil where you want the cut to go. Then you pick up the ground stone and cut with your tool. Make sure to use protective equipment for eyes, ears and mouth and nose. Work gloves and otherwise suitable clothing are of course recommended!
Rent or buy the tools
For the occasional stone project and smaller jobs, it can be nice to rent the equipment you need instead of buying. Flat and wall clips have a specific area of use - and are therefore well suited to rent before the project!
If you have a big project ahead of you where you need an angle grinder and you also feel that it may be needed for future projects, you can still consider buying instead of renting the equipment. The angle grinder also has several other uses. Should it be relevant to acquire your own tools, it may be interesting to check out the second-hand market.
If you hire professional help, they usually assist with all the equipment needed, either by renting it or by having the equipment in their possession. It is therefore not surprising that you can be responsible for machine hire even if you employ craftsmen. Always ask beforehand to avoid unexpected expenses.
Choose a paving stone for your particular garden, surface and project. You can always contact one of Stenbolaget's stores or our customer service for further advice and tips.