If you want a paving product for your outdoor spaces that not only looks fantastic, but will also stand the test of time, look no further than natural stone. It’s a material that can be used for driveways, steps, pool surrounds and pergola areas, and offers a great alternative to concrete pavers.
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Here are just some of the benefits natural stone affords:
1. Natural stone is durable
First and foremost, natural stone is extremely durable. For example, granite and limestone both resist heat and moisture, which makes them very durable paving solutions. Natural stone is also not brittle, so requires less maintenance to concrete.
2. Natural stone looks great
As well as being really tough, natural stone looks gorgeous. It’s a product of nature, after all, so has a variety of unique textures, tones and colours. All of this adds character and creates a unique effect that concrete cannot match.
3. Natural stone is cost effective
Because it requires less maintenance and is very hard wearing, natural stone is actually a cost effective solution in the long-term. It won’t need repairing or cleaning like concrete often does. That’s why it’s a solid investment for your property.
4. Natural stone provides a safe surface
Sound strange? Of course natural stone is hard and pretty unforgiving if you fall over on it, but the point is that its naturally rough surface makes it non-slip (in most cases). The extra grip it provides underfoot makes natural stone a great outdoor surface.
5. Natural stone is (more) environmentally friendly
While it’s not without associated costs, utilising natural stone is a lot more environmentally friendly and has a lower carbon footprint than using manufactured concrete products. Natural stone is also recyclable, so reclaimed paving can be used in other areas if needed.