Natural stone brings unparalleled beauty and character to outdoor living spaces. If you love the uniqueness of natural stone but want to explore alternatives, here are three paving options for achieving the aesthetic of stones in Cold Spring, NY.
Natural stone offers amazing character for hardscape features, but it does come with a few challenges: limited availability, installation cost, and limited color choices.
Unilock offers many pavers that are realistically modelled on the beauty of natural stone to give your landscape features a character-filled, timeless look with the practicality and consistency of concrete. Here are some customer favorites.
The Look of Granite
Granite is a hard-wearing stone popular for use as a countertop material. Known for coming at a high cost, granite offers a brightness not found in other stone because of naturally occurring reflective particles. Because granite has so much color and veining variation, it may be difficult to find a consistent batch for a large outdoor living space.
As an alternative, you can achieve the timeless look of granite on your patio, pool deck, or walkways using Umbriano pavers from Unilock. These pavers give you the depth of character that only granite can provide, along with cutting-edge concrete technology for superior strength and durability. Umbriano pavers are infused with randomly dispersed granite and quartz particles and are available in French Grey, Summer Wheat, Winter Marvel, and Midnight Sky. The dark Midnight Sky tends to be best used as a dramatic accent or border, while the lighter colors are perfectly suited for any outdoor living application.
The Look of Flagstone
Flagstone is often favored for casual settings. Its warm colors and unique textures make it a visually interesting stone. However, because flagstone can easily absorb water, it tends to spall (flake and crumble) as a result of the freeze-thaw cycle.
You can achieve an ultra-realistic flagstone look using Beacon Hill Flagstone pavers from Unilock, and forever do away with the potential for crumbling surfaces. Beacon Hill Flagstone is a real eye-catcher with its blended colors that make it easy to find the perfect hue for your patio, pool deck, or walkways. Colors include Steel Mountain, New York Blend, Almond Grove, Sierra, Fossil, and Tuscany.
The Look of Bluestone
Bluestone is a beloved stone by many homeowners, particularly in the northeastern United States. As a type of flagstone quarried in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, bluestone has incredible character but it becomes slippery when wet. Also, the dark steel-gray color can make it less than ideal for poolside settings.
An ultra-realistic alternative is Richcliff from Unilock. The perfect blend of beauty and strength, Richcliff pavers are available in Pebble Taupe, Smoke Shale, and Dawn Mist. You can have two colors blended on site to achieve an incredibly realistic random bluestone look: the Pebble Taupe and Dawn Mist combination will give you a warmer appearance while the Dawn Mist and Smoke Shale combination will give you a cooler appearance. Thanks to Ultima Concrete Technology, Richcliff pavers are up to four times as strong as poured concrete, and this gorgeous paver can be used on your driveway as well as any pedestrian application, for a wonderfully unified look.
Visit the Unilock Dream page for inspiration and to see how concrete pavers that mimic the look of natural stone can enhance your outdoor living spaces.