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Choosing the right materials for underfoot is essential for enjoying a practical and beautiful outdoor living space. When are concrete pavers more practical than natural stone in Dix Hills, NY? There’s no one-size-fits-all answer because of personal preferences and unique situations. However, these guidelines will help you choose the best materials for your hardscapes.
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Where Natural Stone Works Well
Natural stone is a great patio and walkway material. Its unique character gives your outdoor spaces plenty of character and adds value to your home. Unilock features two types of natural stone. Limestone is available in cool, sophisticated gray tones (Black River, Hearthstone, and Winter Mist) that give your patio or walkway a touch of elegance. Sandstone is available in two warm, earthy tones (Autumn Harvest and Indian Coast) as well as a soft, neutral gray (Stone Cliff Grey) that work well with just about any architectural style. Premium quality natural stone from Unilock features precision cut shapes for ease of installation, low water absorption, excellent freeze-thaw durability, flexural strength, and a variety of surface treatments.
As wonderful as natural stone is, it does have a few drawbacks that make it less than ideal in some situations.
Natural stone is typically not the best choice for pool decks or hot tub surrounds. It can become slippery when wet, and darker colors can become uncomfortably hot on bare feet. Natural stone also requires regular sealing to maintain its water-resistance and smooth texture. Left untreated, natural stone can spall (flake) which can become a tripping hazard, and it tends to invite moss and mildew growth especially in north-facing hardscapes that see little sun.
Concrete pavers are more versatile in terms of practicality and design. If you love the look of granite, flagstone, or bluestone, here are a few great alternatives from Unilock.
Umbriano pavers from Unilock give you a stylish and timeless high-end look thanks to randomly dispersed granite particles. Granite pairs well with stainless steel appliances in your outdoor kitchen, where EasyClean also ensures easy cleanup. Umbriano pavers feature a smooth yet non-slip finish for safety on your patio, walkway, pool deck, or driveway. They add a modern flair to your hardscape whether your home is traditional or contemporary thanks to a broad range of colors (Autumn Sunset, French Grey, Midnight Sky, Summer Wheat, and Winter Marvel).
Beacon Hill Flagstone gives you a broad range of blended colors (Almond Grove, Fossil, New York Blend, Sierra, Steel Mountain, and Tuscany) to complement your home. Enjoy a non-slip barefoot-friendly texture around the pool or hot tub and create a one-of-a-kind patio by using various laying patterns.
If you love the look of flagstone but prefer a smooth yet non-slip paver, Beacon Hill Smooth gives you a more contemporary color palette to go with the smooth texture (Copper Ridge, Fossil, New York Blend, Almond Grove, Sierra, Steel Mountain, and Tuscany).
Richcliff pavers give you the most realistic bluestone look of any concrete paver. Various natural stone textures were cast using Reala technology to eliminate the repetitive patterns common in lesser-quality concrete pavers. Richcliff pavers are available in three rich and authentic colors (Dawn Mist, Pebble Taupe, and Smoke Shale). Blend two colors for a completely unique look: Dawn Mist and Pebble Taupe for a warmer look, and Dawn Mist and Smoke Shale for a cooler look. These versatile pavers are equally at home on the driveway, walkway, patio, or pool deck and fit perfectly with any architectural style.
Browse the Unilock catalog for more inspiration on where to use concrete pavers or natural stone!