There’s no doubt that Natural Stone Paving adds beauty to any Pool, Path, Patio or Driveway that manufactured Concrete pavers just cannot match. In terms of durability – many Natural Stone Paving products are much harder then Concrete products and therefore their lifespan is longer in most applications. If you’re looking for a Paving Solution that will stand the test of time and require little maintenance – consider Natural Stone. Depending on your budget, there are a range of cost effective Paving solutions to suit your needs and often the difference between Natural Stone and Concrete is not as much as you might think. Let’s look at some of the benefits:
Whether you’re installing Natural Stone Paving at a private Residence or a Commercial property – there’s no question that your Curb Appeal will improve when you use Natural Stone as apposed to Concrete. Contrary to popular belief – Natural Stone does not necessarily have to cost more than using equivalent concrete products, with the initial cost of installing Natural Stone offset over the considerable lifespan of the surface and the relative low maintenance. All in all – Natural Stone landscaping products are a far better investment than concrete equivalents. Using natural stone materials will add greater value to your property vs Concrete every time.
Each piece of beautiful natural stone has a unique blend of colours and tones which makes your garden / driveway / landscape, completely unlike concrete, where for the most part all pieces are manufactured to be identical and therefore relatively characterless in comparison.
Unlike concrete, Natural Stone is not pigmented and it’s natural imperfections offer a character charm only mother nature can offer. It’s not trying to be something it is not – which ultimately makes it more attractive and appealing. Natural stone will retain its look over time, the colour will not fade dramatically as opposed to concrete which is manufactured from composite aggregate mixes that become exposed and worn after a few years of traffic.
Natural Stone Paving and landscaping products are more sustainable and environmentally friendly than manufactured Concrete alternatives. Of course in order to shape, package and transport Natural Stone, there are often manufacturing costs, as well as freight and aspects to consider – but in general these will pale in significance to the energy, pollution and carbon footprint of manufactured concrete products.
Beautiful, Natural Stone is one of the most sustainable building materials on the planet, as resources of stone on earth are vast, plentiful and date back billions of years. Although the re-generation of stone is not as readily visible as the re-generation of trees, it is a continuous process with natural stone having an enduring life-cycle.
As a natural product, stone is recyclable and can be used as reclaimed paving and/or crushed and used for aggregates. [Source]
Natural Stone have endured in various forms for centuries. They offer a timeless beauty that you simply won’t get from Concrete. Natural Stone Paving – such as Granite and Limestone – resist moisture, heat and heavy traffic use. This makes Natural Stone pavers a very durable paving application. It is also guaranteed not to delaminate, crack or fall apart like some Concrete alternatives.
With obvious density and durability advantages over Concrete – Natural Stone requires very little maintenance in comparison. There’s very few Natural Stone ‘Crack Repair’ products available on the market – and whereas Concrete will often require sealing, crack repair, deep cleaning or re-surfacing at some point, Natural Stone does not suffer from similar problems. Natural stone still requires cleaning from time to time – to ensure that algae or dirt does not build up, but for the most part the appearance will get better over time, which cannot be said for the man made alternative.
A very important advantage of Natural Stone pavers such as *Flamed Granite is that they generally have a non-slip surface. Due to the natural crystalline texture of Flamed Granite Pavers, they are ideal for use on patios and around swimming pools. Natural stone is also a durable frost resistant paving – meaning it is not susceptible to frost damage in the same way as Concrete products.
Natural Stone pavers are ideally suited for a variety of pedestrian and vehicle traffic applications. To withstand vehicle traffic, even dense stone such as Granite generally needs to be at least 2” thick to support the weight and requires deeper excavation and base material depth. Provided installation guidelines are followed and the right substrate is put down to support the intended load, Natural Stone can be installed around Poolsides, Paths, Patios and Driveways in a variety of residential and commercial contexts.
If you’re interested in exploring Natural Stone Paving as an option to enhance your Outdoor Living Space, Driveway or Commercial Property, we’d love to hear from you. You can submit your request for more information using our convenient online form – by clicking the button below.