Using Natural Stone vs. Concrete Pavers for Your Outdoor Living Spaces

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Outdoor living spaces add beauty and functionality to your yard, and when you opt to add one to your property, there are many choices to make, such as what elements to install, the type of landscape plants, and the kind of material to build everything.

Choosing the materials for your new space is a big decision, especially considering they will last for decades. Learn about concrete pavers and natural stone and which one you may want to pick for your outdoor living space in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, and nearby areas of Tennessee.

Concrete Pavers: More Economical, But Require More Maintenance

Concrete paver patio with retaining wall in Hendersonville, TN.

One great choice for outdoor living spaces is concrete pavers. These come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes. Our hardscape contractors can arrange them in multiple patterns for a fully customized area. We can use them to create patios, walkways, decorative driveways, and more.

Pavers are a more economical choice of material, as they cost less than natural stone and are easier to install. Each piece is precut and designed to interlock with the one next to it.

They require sealing and cleaning services, which should be done every 3-5 years, which means they need more maintenance than stone. Occasionally, a paver might break or crack, but it is easy to replace them.

Natural Stone: Higher Costs, Will Last Forever

Natural stone paver walkway at a Lebanon, TN property.

While natural stone, or flagstone, may have a higher upfront cost, the results will last forever. There are many different types of natural stone that you can use, such as:

  • Bluestone: This stone is grayish-blue and is great for patios, pool areas, or walkways. It also tolerates varying weather patterns well, which means it’s great for our area of Tennessee.
  • Limestone: Limestone comes in various colors, such as gray, red, tan, green, and more. It is a heavy, well-insulated stone.
  • Granite: No two pieces of granite are alike, which makes it an excellent choice for patios and walkways. It’s usually gray and is very durable.
  • Slate: This stone can also be in multiple colors and is long-lasting.

Each type of stone will vary in cost, but they will take longer to install because each piece must be cut to fit the space. Our expert masonry workers can assess how to form your patio, walkway, outdoor kitchen, or other hardscape elements using pieces of natural stone.

Based on your budget and project scope, we will pick a stone that complements the outside of your residential or commercial property.

Are you thinking about adding an outdoor living space to your Nashville-area property? Contact us for more information.

If you have been thinking about a new outdoor living space for your property in Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Lebanon, or surrounding areas of Nashville, TN, our company can help. We are one of the area’s leading landscape design and hardscape contractors for residential and commercial properties. Contact us at (615) 288-2052 to get more information and set up a consultation!