Patios are a popular feature of many Archadeck combination outdoor living projects. One question clients often ask is whether they should use concrete pavers or stone. Both are good choices. Some factors to consider are price, shape, and color. For those interested in more environmentally-friendly options, we also offer EarthStone recycled granite pavers. When choosing a patio material, homeowners must consider the pros and cons of each material with their own taste, priorities, and budget in mind.
Concrete Paver Patios
Concrete pavers are popular for their durability and because they are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Homeowners can select more than one color or style to contrast in attractive patterns. Unlike poured concrete patios, if an individual concrete paver is damaged or stained, you can turn it over or replace it, making it easier to repair. To maintain a paver patio, frequent sweeping is recommended to avoid stains from wet leaves and debris after rain. In terms of price, concrete pavers are generally less expensive than natural stone.
Natural stone patios are a traditional patio favorite. The most commonly used patio stones are flagstone, sandstone, limestone, and travertine (another type of limestone). Because natural stone is porous, it’s usually sealed at installation, and homeowners will need to reseal it periodically to maintain its appearance. The primary advantage of natural stone is its timeless character and beauty while the drawback is its cost. Natural stone is more expensive than other options and can be more expensive to install and maintain over time.
Recycled Granite Patios
Another patio material we offer are EarthStone recycled granite pavers. EarthStone collects post-industrial granite scraps that would otherwise go to a landfill and recycles them into paving blocks that are four times stronger than concrete and just as attractive. Like concrete pavers, recycled granite blocks feature a textured surface that helps reduce slippage. Recycled granite pavers tend to be a little less expensive than stained and concrete or natural stone pavers and many of our clients love that they are more environmentally friendly.
When considering all of the options for a patio building material, homeowners weigh often cost versus aesthetic appeal and their personal tastes. Whether you choose concrete, stone, or recycled granite pavers, Archadeck of Raleigh-Durham and the Greater Triangle will be happy to design and build a beautiful and durable patio for you to enjoy for many years to come. If you have questions or are ready to schedule a design consultation, give us a call today: 919-973-1523. We look forward to working with you!