You’ve made the decision to remodel or construct a patio for your MA home. You may even have a clear idea of the completed project, or a design in mind, but there is still choice left to make. Natural stone or concrete pavers? It’s time to analyze their qualities to determine the best option to suit your needs.
A variety of shapes, sizes, and textures are available depending on the stone used. The rugged lines and lack of symmetry of natural stone gives an earthy feel to a patio that is hard to replicate. This allows for a patio that feels as though it were crafted by nature. With many natural stone options, color variation, both between different pavers and within individual pavers, is also extremely high. The right shades and hues can create a beautiful patio that complements the rest of your outdoors with its natural colors.
Every piece of stone has its own unique look, from years of natural aging and weathering. This gives it an intense character, which ensures uniqueness and unrepeatable combinations of color, texture and pattern.
As far as functionality goes, natural stone is very durable. Stone is affected by weathering, however, and some degree of color fading may take place over time.
Of course, not all natural stone is created equal. Limestone, for example, is relatively soft and although it creates a pleasing, relaxed atmosphere, will require some maintenance and may not be suitable for heavy duty purposes. Granite on the other end of the spectrum is hard and dense, and capable of handling extreme weather and weight pressures. Sandstone, flagstone and bluestone are all excellent multi-purpose natural stone that offer natural charm and can serve for heavy duty areas provided the stone is of a sufficient thickness and quality.
Being manmade, concrete pavers can be found in virtually any shape, size, color or texture suited to your needs. They can also convincingly mimic the look of stone and brick. This allows for an extremely high level of flexibility when designing your patio.
Specific concrete pavers are designed to match with any number of backyard themes, be it contemporary, historical, Mediterranean, or anything else in between.
Concrete pavers are extremely strong and will last for many years without any maintenance. If damage does occur to a paver, it can be individually replaced without any need to tear apart an entire area. The weight bearing capabilities of concrete pavers is also extremely high, and many are treated against fading, chemical damage and staining.
The Battle Between the Two
Both options are sturdy and low maintenance, which makes them both good long term investments. The main differences lie in their availability and cost. Concrete pavers are not subject to limited availability from quarries. They incur lower travel costs and are generally less expensive than natural stone. Of course, many still prefer the authenticity offered by natural stone. The choice between the aesthetic benefits of authentic natural stone and the practical benefits of concrete pavers is therefore entirely yours.