Nov 20, 2014

Are Concrete or Stone Pavers the Better Option?

There can be no denying that the installation of pavers is a great way to add curb appeal to your home, create stunning outdoor spaces and turn your alfresco areas into something extraordinary. When it comes to choosing a suitable material, however, many people get stuck on concrete and stone pavers (as they are the most popular types). We hope that this comparison helps you to determine whether natural stone or concrete is the best choice.

Stone Pavers
These pavers are comprised of natural stone that has been mined from deep within the earth’s crust. This means that the texture and colour will, ultimately, be determined by Mother Nature – they won’t have a continuous colour or pattern simply because nature doesn’t work in this way. It is, however, possible to choose pavers with a similar colour or pattern but you need to purchase the tiles from the same batch of stone.

  • There is a variety of stone species on offer, including: sandstone, granite, travertine, limestone, quartz, bluestone and slate.
  • Each of the species is available in a variety of colours, from neutrals (like browns and whites) through to bolds (like reds and pinks).
  • Natural stone is very receptive to the wet areas of your property (both indoors and outdoors); they provide a non-slip surface.
  • Sealing the surface will ensure that contaminants are unable to penetrate the stone, lessening the chance of stains.
  •  The tiles are incredibly durable and is able to withstand the weight of vehicles (not to mention furniture and people).

Concrete Pavers
These pavers are manmade, which means that they are available in a range of colours, textures, shapes and sizes. This also means that you can achieve the same colour and texture throughout the whole surface (even if you have purchased the tiles from separate batches). Each of the pavers will be identical, which can help to create a streamlined appearance. However, some people like there to be slight variances in colour and pattern.

  •  It is possible to have the pavers custom made to your specifications, from colour and texture all the way through to size and shape.
  • These tiles are also suitable for the wetter areas of your property, as a rougher surface will offer non-slip properties.
  • These tiles are less expensive than natural stone, which makes them more affordable for most homeowners.
  • It is fairly easy (and fast) to replace damaged concrete without damaging the surrounding pavers.
  • Concrete is an incredibly durable material that can easily withstand the weight of any vehicle, furniture and the like.

Whilst there is nothing wrong with either option, it is clear that natural stone pavers are the more aesthetically pleasing choice. At the end of the day, however, it is important to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of both materials, as well as consider your budget. You might also like to consider materials that have been used elsewhere on your property. We hope that, whatever material you end up choosing, you are happy with the project at its completion.

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