Natural Stone Or Concrete Pavers: Which Option Is Better For Your Home?
Whether you’re building a new patio/ BBQ area in your backyard or thinking of paving your entire garden, choosing the right pavers is an important part of the process. /
Since there is so much choice on the market, it’s crucial to make the right one for your home, family and lifestyle. One such choice is deciding between concrete pavers and natural stone pavers and figuring out which will be a better option for your project.
At Armstone, we are passionate about and dedicated to finding the world’s best-quality natural stone products for our customers to install inside, and outside, their homes. With this in mind, you might expect us to dismiss concrete completely. However, our objective is to provide you with the best service and advice at all times. As such, in this article, we’re going to take you through a balanced look at natural stone pavers vs. concrete pavers and give you our honest opinion about which is best for exterior home improvement projects.
Choosing between different styles of pavers for patio projects
Natural stone pavers are generally considered to be more attractive, more durable and easier to maintain than their concrete cousins. However, there is one aspect that makes concrete pavers a more appealing choice for home projects rather than natural stone pavers. You see, concrete pavers are the more economical option. However, as with all things in life, cost can be relative. For example if you’re planning to renovate or install a small patio area where you can relax and enjoy al fresco dining in fine weather, aesthetic appeal will be more important than the price per paver. And because it won’t be such a large area you won’t need a huge quantity of pavers. On the other hand, we need to point out that certain types of natural stone pavers are in fact cheaper than concrete. Raven granite pavers and some types of bluestone pavers are two examples you may like to consider that are cheaper than concrete.
In summary, if you are installing pavers for a relatively small backyard patio project we recommend natural stone for its longevity, ease of maintenance and superior aesthetics. The best natural stone for patios will depend on your style preferences and budget and if you need some expert advice on this, reach out to us over email or at 1300 560 560. We’ve been helping our customers for 10 years bring their dream projects to life and would love to help you too.
The best type of pavers for driveways
For larger driveways that are used on a daily basis and endure a lot of heavy weight from vehicles and foot traffic, concrete pavers – since they are relatively easy and economical to install and repair – can be a very cost effective option. If, however, you want to add curb appeal to your home, we recommend considering our lower cost natural stone pavers. Porcelain, granite and bluestone are all excellent choices that will not stretch your budget too far, are durable and will stand the test of time once installed. You can browse our selection online here.
Natural stone pavers vs. concrete pavers: our conclusion
As with all home building and renovation projects, the purpose, location and your lifestyle all play a role when choosing the type of pavers you choose. If you are building on a budget or if you are paving a large area, concrete pavers are a worthy consideration: they do the job, look good, are sturdy/durable all at a lower investment.
On the other hand, if the aforementioned factors are not a huge consideration for your project, then we definitely recommend installing natural stone pavers for patios, driveways, pathways, pool surrounds and other residential paving projects. They look better, are almost always more durable and they will retain their natural beauty for decades, even centuries, to come.
In case you are still undecided, reach out to our expert team at 1300 560 560 or online. We can answer your questions and point you in the right direction for your project.