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Preparing your patio  is not just a project that can get you ready for entertaining and enjoying your yard, but also one that adds value to your home. There is a beautiful appeal to natural stone patio pavers, and this is something that can be durable and appealing for many years to come.

Types of natural stone for pavers

There are many different types to choose from, and they all add character and charm to your backyard. Some of the different materials include:

Slate patio pavers
Slate  is a great material for that natural and strong look, with a natural slip resistance thanks to its varied thickness and contoured surface. Slate pavers for patios offers an earthy-yet-colorful addition to your outdoor living space with its bands of striated colors. This is a great stone to use with grays, rusts and black-colored materials. This includes wrought iron accessories like patio sets.

photo: All Oregon Landscaping, Inc.

Travertine patio pavers

Travertine pavers offer that Classical, with a big “C’, look to your outdoor life. Popular during the height of the Roman Empire as a prime building material for all kinds of structures, travertine offers a noble elegance that is always understated, and remaining to be extremely versatile too.

photo: joeG2007

Granite patio pavers

Granite pavers represents one of the hardest materials on earth, outdoors as well as in. Characterized by a speckled patterns due to high quartz content, created when the granite was formed, granite pavers are decorative, durable, and convey a high-end look to boot. Colors range from earthy to decorative, white, to blue, to green, to black.

photo: Robert Spencer

Sandstone pavers

Sandstone comes in a variety of colors and styles including what you would see in many desert hard-scapes. They tend to be most popular in beiges and natural colors, but also include more vibrant colors like pinks and mauves, depending on where they’re quarried. Also an ancient building material, sandstone pavers lend something of the ancient, Classical period to your modern setting.

photo: BuildDirect

How to use pavers for patio projects

Natural stone patio pavers are an easy way to create an unbelievably beautiful space that is perfect for spring. They can be uniformly installed, cut and placed to meet exact measurements, or left in their raw cut form for that ‘crazy paver’ flagstone design. The free-form design allows for creativity with borders and plants that will help the area come to life, while the finished edging is a great way to have a cleanly divided area from hard-scape to soft-scape. You can use them for paths, porches, main outdoor dining areas, pool surrounds, and even as driveways.

Pavers can be installed using concrete, or hard-compressed sand, with the grouting being completed by either product as well. The key is that sand will need replacement, and concrete will not. The installation using concrete is more involved and is intended to be permanent, while the sand effect is to make the area more natural.

The pavers are very versatile can be set in a terrace type layer, including steps, or just flatly placed. They can handle a tremendous about of weight, so there is no need to specific about what types of pavers to use based on the items you intend to rest on the patio. It is just important that the paver is level, and on a solid surface. The pavers should also be sealed so that there is no oxidation or fading that can occur. This will also give the pavers a nice sheen that is clean and bright, just in time for spring.

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.