Natural Stone Pavers
Naturally occurring stone pavers are mined from quarries, or collected from a rock outcrop. Because they are not manufactured, as concrete and brick pavers are, stone pavers have different qualities than concrete and brick and are often more expensive than their manufactured cousins. But, they are still the most popular choice for all external paving needs. This is due to their enormous variations in color, texture, shapes and natural beauty. Common natural stone pavers include travertine, limestone, sandstone, cobblestone, slate, granite, flagstone, and marble.
Stone Paver Applications
Pavers made of stone add value to the home in nearly limitless applications for driveways, pool areas, patios, courtyards, sidewalks, barbeque areas, pathways and garden beds. Natural stone may be finished by being tumbled, brushed, polished, honed and chiseled, flamed or thermal flamed. Your installer will explain these technical terms.
Stone Paver Benefits
Stone pavers never fade and they are extremely versatile and durable. They can be applied on existing concrete if it is flat and not cracked. Other ways in which stone pavers made to applied, include sand bases and road bases. Stone pavers are long lasting, hard wearing and weather resistant. These qualities make them especially good for driveways, walkways, and pool areas. The use of a sealant is advisable to protect the color in high traffic areas.
The main benefits of stone pavers are their strength and durability. They hold the enormous weight required of a driveway and high traffic area.
They also can withstand virtually any weather conditions, and are non-slip, freeze and thaw-resistant, frost free, sun resistant, and provide for simple snow removal.
Stone Paver Colors and Shapes
Stone pavers offer virtually infinite colors and shapes from which to choose.
Low maintenance stone pavers can be replaced inexpensively if damaged.
All you need to do is sweep stone pavers regularly and pull the occasional weed or utilize herbicides on particularly stubborn weeds. A rinse off with a high powered hose will remove grime and most stains.