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Pavers vs Natural Stone – NJ Outdoor Living & Pool Patio Design Ideas

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Pavers vs. Natural Stone – Outdoor Living & Pool Patio Design Ideas

Are you looking for a new outdoor living patio space in your New Jersey landscape design? Are you building a pool but don’t know what surface to choose for your pool patio? Maybe you’re considering a patio renovation? If any of these questions apply to you, you’ve been faced with a very important decision. What material do I choose for the patio? Stamped concrete? Pavers? Natural stone? Patio materials range in style, durability, price, and shape. More specifically, in this blog, I will take a brief look at the advantages and disadvantages of pavers.

First, let’s look at the upside of pavers for your outdoor living space. If you’re looking at your upfront expenditures, pavers are a low cost option as compared to natural stone. In terms of appearance, pavers are a better looking alternative to cool deck or concrete patios. For certain maintenance purposes, pavers are a convenient choice. For example, if settling of pavers occurs, they can be easily repaired. The short installation time also makes pavers a practical choice if you have time restraints. Clearly the best advantage of pavers is the tremendous variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and styles from which to choose. From permeable pavers to the more traditional ones, pavers have proved their versatility and worth over time.

 

Paver Advantages for Outdoor Living-

Better appearance than cool deck or concrete

Low cost relative to natural stone easy to repair if settling occurs

Short installation time

Large variety of choices

 

Now, there are obvious disadvantages to using pavers for your outdoor living space as well. First and foremost, pavers can’t compete aesthetically with natural stone. Also, natural stone offers you a much higher return on investment. How? Due to natural stone’s timeless look and longevity, the higher initial price is paid for in value over time. In contrast, pavers tend to go out of style every 5 years or so. Old stop-sign pavers, for example, are a thing of the past. Interestingly enough, within 5 years, even today’s pavers will be tossed aside in exchange for ones that look more like natural stone. The biggest complaint we have found with pavers is the continual maintenance issues, such as weeding and constantly needing to power wash because all the joints attract dirt and moss.  Lastly, pavers tend to be less comfortable than many natural stones because concrete pavers tend to absorb more heat than cool, light-colored natural stones. They can be painful to walk on with bare feet.

 

Paver Disadvantages for Outdoor Living-

Return  on investment is poor compared to natural stone

Pavers generally go out of style in 5 years

Weeds and dirt in the joints can be an issue

Concrete pavers tend to retain more heat compared to light natural stone

Not as aesthetically-pleasing as natural stone

 

 

For additional information on outdoor living spaces please Email Chris@plantnj.com