Natural Stone Pavers Pros and Cons
When choosing natural stone pavers, you’re making a decision that will impact you and your landscape for many years to come. So you want to choose carefully! Knowing the pros and cons of natural stone pavers can be the first step in your decision. Or, if you’ve already made your choice, understanding a few key points will help you minimize the cons — so you’re left with just the pros of beautiful, durable natural stone pavers!
Some Pros of Natural Stone Pavers
1. Natural stone pavers are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and patterns.
Natural stone pavers come in granite, limestone, or travertine each with different sizes, colors, patterns, and finishes. There’s bound to be a selection that matches the design of the home!
Granite, for example, is available in flamed gray or flamed gold. It is cut into several sizes including 8×8, 8×16, 16×16, 16×24, and 24×24 inches — but it can be cut to size as well.
- Different finishes include: polished, honed, sand-blasted
- Patterns include: ashlar, herringbone, running bond
2. Natural stone pavers are more natural in appearance than manufactured pavers.
Whether your aesthetic is classical, rustic, or contemporary, natural stone pavers lend a timeless quality! The larger pieces and traditional layouts are more classic, while smaller pieces and unique layouts are more contemporary.
Also, natural stone pavers can be set directly in soil with little preparation required. The natural variant can also be set in sand on top of existing concrete. One disadvantage or con is that the surface of the patio may not be completely flat — but that can lead to an interesting rustic look, if dealt with properly.
3. Natural stone pavers increase property value.
Property values tend to increase dramatically with patios paved with natural stones. Concrete and brick, in contrast, seldom increase the value of the home as much.
4. Easier installation than concrete
The installation time for natural stone pavers is generally less than for concrete. Installation cost, therefore, is generally less than concrete. The actual cost of the natural stone is, however, much more expensive than concrete or brick.
The Biggest Downside to Natural Stone Pavers
Unfortunately, most natural stone pavers absorb moisture readily, which can lead to cracks and other problems. Moisture within the stones can freeze during the winter and cause the stones to break. This leaves a noticeable crack on the surface of the stone, which can reduce the appeal of the overall patio appearance.
This can be dealt with with proper sealing and maintenance.