Walkways: Interlocking Pavers vs. Natural Stone

Posted by Joe Mouad on Apr 9, 2019, 12:25:16 PM

The next step after sod installation is walkways; however, figuring out the right material to use on your Orlando property can be a challenge. There is a range of elements that you need to balance including:

  • Appearance
  • Style
  • Difficulty of Construction
  • Cost
  • Durability

Both natural stone and pavers fit into all these categories, and the real problem comes in choosing between the two. You want to make sure that your hardscaping will last for many years, so which option is best for you? Which way should you go?

Interlocking Concrete Pavers

Many landscape designers immediately go the route of concrete pavers because of their level of customization. They come in many shapes, sizes, and colors which makes them both ideal and suitable for any project. You can use matching pavers, or create a pattern using a plethora of different color options it's entirely up to you.

The next benefit of these pavers is their stability; they easily interlock and create a very stable and sturdy surface. When they are correctly installed, there is very little chance of them moving over time. If you want something that is going to last for decades, concrete pavers are the right option.

Along with looking great and lasting nearly forever, interlocking pavers are much cheaper than other options. Being cost effective tends to make them an obvious choice, especially if you are sinking money into other parts of your project. The only downfall concrete pavers have is that they do not possess the same richness as natural stone.

Flagstone Pavers  The Natural Option

A flagstone paver is comprised of natural stone, and some of the most commonly used materials include:

  • Granite
  • Slate
  • Limestone

While all three of these are outstanding, the one that you choose generally depends on the region in which you live and the type of stone that is available. For example, limestone may be widely available in one area while granite is not.

The cut of flagstone is much different from the pavers mentioned before as they are usually cut in square or rectangular shapes rather than interlocking pieces. While square pieces are the norm, some homeowners prefer a more organic look which involves randomly placed pieces of all shapes and sizes held together by grout. If you are leaning toward naturally shaped flagstone, you should keep in mind that these stones are more expensive than standard square stones, and that grout also adds expense. These considerations make this something that you will genuinely want to think over before proceeding.

The color of your flagstones also depends highly upon your location. In most areas, you will find gray and brownstones, but you may also be able to find those that are green or reddish. The colors are not nearly as vibrant, but they are much more natural looking and therefore more preferable in some yards.

Maintenance Considerations for Both Paver Types

When you are doing any hardscaping one of your biggest questions should pertain to the amount of maintenance that you need to put in. With pavers, you have a different routine to follow for natural versus concrete. Take concrete, for example; you must reseal it every few years to maintain its integrity and color, though eventually, the color will fade to the point that it is barely recognizable. Stone, on the other hand, still needs resealing, but not as often and will remain just as vibrant as the day you installed it.

Ultimately the decision is yours, pavers of any kind are a great complement to your Orlando sod. Just take a moment to envision how your yard could look with a natural stone patio or an interlocking paver walkway in a beautiful pattern, then give us a call.

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