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Benefits of precast paving products

Concrete flag paving offers a clean, hardwearing and aesthetically pleasing surface. Flags are produced in a wide range of square or rectangular sizes of different thicknesses, offering a wide choice of patterns. Concrete flag paving is available in a wide variety of colours and textures, enabling it to be used to delineate different functions.

Used either on its own or in conjunction with block paving, concrete flag paving provides an attractive surface suitable for:

  • pedestrian footways and precincts
  • forecourts and entrances to public buildings
  • approaches and surrounds to residential and industrial buildings
  • areas surrounding shops and offices
  • school playgrounds
  • public and private gardens
  • swimming pool surrounds
  • footways where vehicular overrun is unavoidable
  • home zones and urban regeneration
  • and other areas where a durable external surface is required

Flags can be finished to produce a variety of surfaces including textured and profiled ground, with or without chamfers. Stable pigments are used to provide a range of permanent colours further increasing designer choice. Flags are also manufactured to reproduce the colour and texture of natural stone paving in various finishes including split, sawn and tooled. They are particularly useful for pedestrian surfaces in historic towns and conservation areas, matching the appearance of stone but with greatly improved stability and slip resistance, providing a costeffective alternative. Full details of special products and finishes can be obtained from individual MPA Paving & Landscaping Members.

Concrete flag paving can be also manufactured with specific textures designed to assist the accessibility of blind and partially sighted people. These units, known as 'tactile' paving, have surfaces incorporating raised blisters or bars and specific colours which warn partially sighted or bind people of approaching hazards or other situations such as at pedestrian crossings, steps, cycle paths and rail platforms.