Patio Pavers: Differences, Pros, and Cons
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Choosing the right paving materials for your patio is as important as hiring a paving contractor. Although the contractor should tell you which material is best for you, it makes a world of difference if you also know these different patio pavers (Pacific Pavingstone) and what they could do to the overall design of your area.
Although there are many types of patio pavers, they basically fall into two categories - quarried stone and composite materials. Quarried stone is dug and then cut into different shapes. Granite and slate belong to this category. Composite material, on the other hand, is originally soft. Then, they are processed, molded, and dried or 'baked'. The most common of these are bricks.
One of the advantages of using sandstone as patio pavers is the huge range of colors to choose from. It is also widely available so you'll never worry about any shortage of material. Plus, it is cheap and easy to work with. However, sandstone is prone to blotching; thus, what was once a beauty can be marred because of these smudges.
Gravel is perfect for those who have a tight budget because it is the cheapest paving material you can use for your patio, not to mention an attractive texture. It is also easy to install; thus, it will not only save you money but also time. On the downside, gravel can become weedy over time which means extra work for maintenance.
Slate is one of the attractive patio pavers available. It is also easy to shape so installing them will not be as difficult. It is also cheaper than granite and limestone. The bad thing about using slate, however, is its susceptibility to extreme moisture damage.
One of the most expensive patio pavers but also one of the most durable. Just like limestone, granite has a wide color range to choose from. The downside to this material, aside from its price, is that it is also the most difficult material to work with.
Limestone is easier to shape like sandstone. However, unlike sandstone which has different color variations in every lot, limestone is evenly colored. The problem with these patio pavers is that they have limited availability. In fact, it is a bit difficult to find limestones in California so it could cost you more if you have them shipped to your property. And if you live in an area with a serious acid rain problem, limestone is not a good choice because of its high susceptibility to it.
Stones are perfect patio pavers because there is a wide variety to choose from whether you want an evenly-shaped granite for a luxurious and formal-looking patio or something irregular like gravel for a more country feel. Whatever you choose, they each have their own pros and cons.
In order to get the right paving material, you need to determine the style you want for your patio and your budget as well.
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Jan 27, 2018