Get Natural Look and Eco Friendly Patio with Patio Paver Stone
Nowadays landscaping becomes a favorite hobby for homeowners. You can easily transform your ground to a beautiful wonderland by using Patio Paver Stone. You will get the natural looks in easy installation. Together with your unique outdoor furniture, they will create a great patio!
Patio Paver Stone comes from natural stones as bluestone, limestone, slate, granite, marble, travertine, sandstone and many others that are cut to sizes and standard thickness. They have various earthen colors like yellow rose, blue gray and red brown, from dark to light tone. In the market patio paver stone also get textured finishes including saw cut, acid etched, tumbled, flamed and brush hammered to prevent slipping problem in wet conditions.
You can install patio paver stone in two ways, paste them with mortar or dry-laid on sand base, but today people refer to choose working with dry-laid because it is easy to work with, prevent cracking problem in the future especially if you make large patio and eco friendly purpose. I have discussed about this topic in my former post about patio making if you want to know.
Popular Patio Paver Stone Types
Sandstone patio paver stone
Sandstone are the most colorful patio paver stone, there are sandy yellow, brown, blue green, light pink and kind of darker tan. Naturally sandstone comes from sand and sediment in the ocean, beach or rivers, that’s why their texture are uniform and mild but also a porous stone. This porosity character gives sandstone ability to handle large amount of water during wet periods but also bring staining problems. You can add sealer to their surface to avoid this.
Bluestone patio paver stone
Bluestone is a gorgeous yet expensive patio paver stone. Usually it comes in 10 x 14 inch cut or larger and has 1 to 2 inches thickness. Its natural surface is smooth and can be slippery in wet condition. This patio paver stone usually treated with thermal treated finishing with flame to make coarse pebble like, an anti slip and uniform surface. But you can also get the natural cleft bluestone, unheated which is less uniform but also so durable and withstand against weather elements. Bluestone patio paver stone is also available in cobblestone like that commonly called tumbled cobble.
Travertine patio paver stone
Travertine patio paver stone is an old type of paver stone. It has been used before the Roman Empire. The travertine surface character is pitted holes and troughs. In the market today you can get this travertine that has three finishes, tumbled, honed and filled. If you want your patio looks natural, rough appearance you may choose tumbled travertine. Filled finishes give you smoother look of this patio paver stone, because its natural existing holes have been filled. Honed travertine is the finest finishes treated, it has been polished and sanded to cover up many deficiencies this natural stone has.
Cobblestone patio paver stone
Cobblestone patio paver stone can give you the old world atmosphere. It is usually used for patio’s walkway and heavy use. In their natural habitat, cobblestones rounded shapes are made by water erosion that creates the stones smoother time to time. In today patio paver stone this cobblestone is mechanically rounded into shapes and sizes, both regular and irregular. Cobblestone patio paving stone is great for hillside pathways because it flex with the earth and can prevent erosion by maintain the ground integrity. Cobblestone also can sit beautifully as edging for bluestone and brick patios.
Granite patio paver stone
Granite patio paver stone is also a well known recommended material. It has a great weather and aging resistant, it can withstand over cold conditions and also high temperature from fire or sun rays. That’s why granite pavers are safe for fireplace or your patio’s cooking area. You can find granite paver with natural finishes which is anti slip or polished finishes that reflex a formal elegant looks.
Slate patio paver stone
Slate patio paver stone comes from sedimentation process of clay and volcanic ashes that have been compacted and foliated over time forming a fine grained sedimentary stone. Slate colors are various ranging from black, brown, purple, green, blue, red and bronze rust.
Slate patio paver stone is strong and durable as concrete but give you the look of traditional elegant stone. It also won’t give you the same two tiles, both in color and texture. Isn’t that amazing!
Limestone patio paver stone
Limestone patio paver stone gives more of bold look than others type of stone paver. It is made from hard sediment that formed by layers of mineral calcite of ocean organism fossils that have been compacted through time or from chemical reaction. It is also found in caves in form of stalactites and stalagmites.
Limestone colors are so rich in the shade of pastel that occurs of high contents organic material they made of. There are blue known as blue kota, black, gray, pink, red, brown, orange, golden, beige to white. The unique of this limestone is it feature won’t be the same from one cut to another.
Designs and patterns for patio paver stone are unlimited no strict rules, you can arrange many types of patio paver stone together, just be creative to make an aesthetically pleasing. Basically there are simple liner or stack bond, circular or radial, stretcher bond and fan shaped but you can also make different shapes and patterns as you like.
Pick various sizes and types patio paver stone, large and small and stick them together to prevent a formal boring pattern. You can also make a figure as a butterfly or your favorite sign with the spiral or wave patio paver stone arrangement, plan it well, consider the spacing details, the array direction and the color combination. You can even make mazes and mosaics designs with these patio paver stone.
Enjoy working with your patio paver stone!