Get the Look of Natural Stone With the Durability of Concrete in Glen Allen, VA
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Today’s homeowners can take advantage of landscape designs that not only enhance the home but express the personality of the occupants. No material has been as successful in meeting today’s needs as concrete pavers. Concrete pavers have come a long way in the past few years. Here’s how to achieve the look of natural stone with the durability of concrete in Glen Allen, VA.
The Limitations of Natural Stone
While natural stone is the world’s oldest building material, it’s not necessarily ideal for every application. Pool decks are just one example where natural stone can become dangerously slippery; and when it comes to adding on to an outdoor living space in the future, you may be constrained by lack of availability of the same color. Concrete pavers from Unilock feature a non-slip surface and are consistent in color, even if you want to add on to your patio years later.
When You Love the Look of Bluestone
The look of bluestone is a favorite among homeowners who want their outdoor living spaces to blend into the surrounding landscape. Bluestone (a type of flagstone with a distinctive blue color) has incredible character and charm due to each stone being unique; however, it is one of those natural stones that may degrade over time due to moisture infiltration. Spalling (flaking) is a common problem with bluestone. Spalling leads to pitted areas and uneven surface that can cause a tripping hazard.
A great alternative to bluestone is the Richcliff paver from Unilock. Richcliff pavers feature a hyper-realistic flagstone texture cast from real flagstone; but the real magic of this paver is its color choices: Dawn Mist, Smoke Shale, and Pebble Taupe. You could opt to have Smoke Shale and Dawn Mist blended for an authentic bluestone look in colors that last, resulting in a paver that is durable enough to be used as a driveway paver as well as in any pedestrian application.
If You’re Attracted to Flagstone
Flagstone is another favorite material for patios and other outdoor living spaces. Bristol Valley pavers deliver, with two spectacular blended colors (Steel Mountain and Bavarian), a subtle texture, and understated edge detail. Sold in a random bundle of two rectangles and one square as well as a new XL rectangle, this paver offers timeless elegance with a relaxed vibe. Bristol Valley pavers feature EasyClean Stain Resistance, which makes these pavers perfect for outdoor kitchens, and EnduraColor Facemix Technology, which involves a two-step process for combining a sturdy base of coarse aggregates with concentrated color and finer aggregates on top for a colorfast and abrasion-resistant finish.
If You Want the Look of Granite
If you love the sophisticated look of granite, look no further than Umbriano pavers. These pavers deliver on looks, with randomly dispersed granite particles for an authentic granite look. They also deliver on performance with an EasyClean finish that makes cleanup easy whether the paver is installed poolside, in an outdoor kitchen, or on the driveway. The masterfully blended colors look authentic, no matter which granite color works best for your outdoor space: Autumn Sunset, French Grey, Harvest Brown, Midnight Sky, Summer Wheat, and Winter Marvel. This contemporary paver is available in a range of sizes including a very modern 24” square.
Choosing the right paver for your outdoor living project is a big decision. You can be assured that whichever Unilock paver you choose, you will get the look of natural stone with the unbeatable durability, slip resistance, and easy cleanup of quality concrete pavers.
Get inspired with the free Unilock Design Idea Catalog or connect with your local Unilock Authorized Contractor for landscape design ideas that meet your aesthetic and practical needs.
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