There are so many choices when it comes to surfaces for a patio or walkway or other hardscape area. Homeowners have choices of brick, flagstone, bluestone, limestone, slate, marble, granite, concrete, gravel and mixed materials. Here are our takes on some of the more commonly chosen materials by our customers.
Poured Concrete - Concrete is generally a less expensive alternative to individual pavers, stones or bricks. Concrete can offer different looks, as it can be stained, stamped, brushed or scored. Stamped concrete is gaining in popularity because it can often look very much like real cobblestone, brick or other pavers and in any number of patterns. However, even with extra preparation for colder Massachusetts weather, concrete will not have the durability or longevity of individually placed stones or pavers. It will likely crack over time.
Concrete Pavers - Concrete pavers are less expensive than real stone pavers and have minimal maintenance and a number of options. Some look like plain concrete squares and others have textures, shapes and colors to make them look like real stone. This tends to be a better material for Do-It-Yourself homeowners, as concrete pavers are typically available at big box home improvement stores and often have interlocking components on them.
Natural Stone Pavers - Almost any type of stone can be cut and used as pavers. Most of the stones we use tend to be made of sandstone, slate, flagstone and granite. They are typically cut in sizes of 6 x 12," 12 x 12," or 18 x 18." The colors can vary and they can be installed in a number of patterns. Natural stone pavers are a durable, long lasting material. An experienced, professional landscaper or mason works quickly and installs a patio with a supportive base and even spacing that looks great.
Brick - Brick is a classic material that is found in century old homes, so it has a charm that some other materials don't offer. They can be set in a variety of patterns, which allows for some creativity. They are durable and can have their look revived by a good power washing every few years. Although many like the aged look bricks provide over time, they do require mortar which can break down over time, loosening or shifting individual bricks.
Gravel and Other Loose Stones
Often times an easier-to-install option for a patio, walkway or other area may be gravel, river stones, decomposed granite, or other small rock or sand materials. These can provide a nice look that some folks prefer and it has the benefit of less puddling after rain or snow. It's also a lot less expensive than installing a patio of stone, brick or concrete. It does require replenishing every couple of years or so, and since this surface is not solid in the way pavers are, it's also less stable for furniture or even walking on. A key consideration here in New England is that this surface can't quite be shoveled!
If you're considering a new patio, walkway, pool surround or other hardscaped area, take a look at photos online to find out what look you like. Consult your landscaper or mason about what materials might function and hold up the best for you property. They can also bring samples of different materials for you to consider. If you'd like an estimate on a hardscape, give us a call at Gardenin' Angels!
1/29/2021 03:00:58 am
Small details can have big impact in a landscape. Make sure hardscape materials—stone, pavers, concrete, gravel, wood, paint, hardware—all work together, and also complement your house’s architectural style.
1/25/2022 04:58:18 pm
But many homeowners also prize a beautiful garden or yard. In the perfect yard, soft landscaping in the form of flora and fauna will not look complete without the right hardscape design. I’m so thankful for your helpful post!
1/28/2022 02:18:06 pm
Some look like plain concrete squares and others have textures, shapes and colors to make them look like real stone. Thank you for sharing your great post!
2/8/2022 04:18:21 am
Thank you for pointing out that bricks may be stacked in various ways to give your home a unique and timeless appearance. My aunt wants to connect her home to her newly built outdoor kitchen. I think she should try using this material by seeking out a masonry expert in the future.
2/11/2022 12:28:43 am
It was interesting when you wrote that stone gravel can offer a nice look and may cause less puddling after rain or snow. My mother is renovating our hardscape, and she's thinking of using stone gravel for it. I think it's a good choice, so we should go for it and look for a stone gravel supplier near our place.
3/8/2022 04:42:07 pm
It's great that you talked about concrete and how it comes with cost-effective benefits! In a few weeks, my wife and I want to start upgrading our house's backyard. We'd like to add a patio, and we wanted to learn more about construction materials before choosing one, so we'll be sure to keep reading your tips! Thank you for the insight on patio materials and their features!
7/24/2022 10:05:23 pm
It's quite impressive to read how easily used rocks are when handling landscapes. I can see my own property really benefitting from using this material since there's a lot of land area that we need to cover and I don't want to try and plant grass and flowers all over it. I'll make sure that I have a river rock expert help me out with getting some supplies for this.
8/17/2022 09:27:22 pm
I appreciate what you said about how concrete pavers are less expensive than stone ones. I need to get a contractor to lay down a stone pathway. I'll have to hire someone with good online reviews.
It got me when you said that rocks or stones would be able to prevent puddling after the rain or snow in their area. I should get this done for the edges of my front yard, especially the lower part of the slope of the property. Aside from that, I hope that the experts can create a simple drainage system there before putting stones there.
11/6/2022 10:26:55 pm
Thank you for mentioning that gravel, decomposed granite, river stones, or other small rock or sand materials are frequently an easier-to-install option for a patio, sidewalk, or other areas. My father mentioned wanting to change the yard's landscaping. I'll advise him to purchase gravel for the pathway so that it will be simple to put.
12/18/2022 08:29:27 pm
It really helped when you said that sand, rock, stone, gravel, and decomposed granite can prevent the puddling of water after raining which is why most folks choose them. With that in mind, I might consider getting sanding utility ditches for the backyard to help us whenever the rainy season comes. It's because we have that issue in one area of the backyard where there is a puddle that can last for days which might affect our home's foundation.
2/3/2023 08:44:56 am
I want to get a nice patio put together, but I'm not sure how to choose the material. It makes sense that using natural stone pavers could b e a good idea. I like that you can have them installed in a variety of patterns. That seems like it would make my driveway look the best in the end.
2/10/2023 07:50:45 am
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