When building your patio or the path leading around your house, one of the most important things you need to decide on is the material to be used. The project is quite fun and most people thoroughly enjoy the end result, but that does not mean there are no challenges. The choice of stone is one of those challenges and, depending on your level of craftsmanship, some solutions may be more appropriate than others. While natural material has a certain appeal, pieces that are prefabricated are easier and more forgiving to install.
- Concrete pavers are easy to install and are less expensive than natural stone.
- Natural tone pavers – also known as flagstone pavers – are often slate, limestone or granite.
- Natural stone pavers require little maintenance, while concrete pavers have to be resealed every few years.
“Availability often depends on the region where you live. Flagstone can be cut in square or rectangular shapes, but is also used in random, irregular shapes. Colours are usually shades of gray and brown, but blue, green and reddish tints can sometimes be found.”