If you are in the process of updating your home, you may be looking at stone pavers. If you are, you may have noticed that there are tonnes of options to pick from and this can make the task of choosing the perfect one tricky. With the help of our guide, you can choose the right stone pavers for your home with confidence. Let’s take a look.
The stone paver you choose needs to be functional and suited to the application. Here is a rundown of the things you should be considering before purchasing your pavers to ensure they last and you are entirely happy with your choice, after all, a lot of stone pavers can be expensive, and you want to be sure that you are investing your money wisely:
If you don’t have a budget for your pavers, you can skip past this point. If you do, continue reading. It’s a good idea to work out how much you are willing to spend on your new pavers. That way, you can narrow down the choices that are in your price range. It makes finding the right stone pavers much easier. If you have your heart set on a particular paver and they are not in your budget, you can:
Most stone pavers are exceptionally durable and hardwearing however, some are more than others. Areas such as driveways will be exposed to heavy loads, and the pavers you choose will need to be able to accommodate the weight of vehicles driving across and parking on them. The thickness and layout of the pavers also need to be considered for a driveway. Other areas that won’t be exposed to heavyweight, such as this daily, may not need the same level of durability to last.
Everyone has different tastes and preferences but, it’s a good idea to consider the existing colours you have around the exterior of your home when choosing your paver type. It should be complementary and not overbearing or underwhelming in the space. It’s worth getting a few samples that you can take back to your home and compare them in real life to get an idea of how they will look and feel when installed.
Once you’ve considered the three things mentioned above, your budget, durability and the appearance, you can then decide which paver suits your specific paving needs best. Here are 6 of our favourite stone paver choices in no particular order:
1. Marble pavers
Marble is known for its density and is one of the harder natural stone choices. It is exceptionally durable and tolerates heat well. Marble offers a luxurious look which of course, you do pay for. This is one of the more expensive natural stone pavers, so if you are on a tight budget, marble probably isn’t going to be the paver for you.
2. Limestone pavers
Limestone pavers come in various styles and colours making it easy to find a suitable option. Like marble, they are very durable and they are straightforward to look after also. Limestone pavers aren’t overly porous and don’t stain easily which makes them a breeze to clean and keep clean.
3. Sandstone pavers
Sandstone pavers have a beautiful texture and appearance however, they are prone to erosion from salt and acids which means they aren’t a great choice for around swimming pools. They can last a very long time when used for other applications though.
4. Granite pavers
Granite is very hard and much harder than marble or limestone, and because of this, it is a front runner in terms of durability. Granite makes a great paving choice for high traffic areas as it can withstand such conditions with ease. This paver type is relatively stain-resistant too making it easy to maintain and care for.
5. Travertine pavers
Travertine pavers are a type of limestone it is created via naturally forming limestone in hot springs. While an absolutely stunning paver choice, it is not as durable as some of the other options we’ve mentioned above. It’s still exceptionally durable, it is just probably not the best choice for driveways.
6. Bluestone pavers
Bluestone pavers appeal to many due to their low cost and versatility. This paver type comes in plenty of different styles, shapes and colours, with dark grey being the most popular colour choice. It has a natural texture that provides optimal grip for walking and driving across, and unlike some other natural stone pavers, bluestone can have a high gloss finish when sealed.
We hope this post has helped you get one step closer to choosing the perfect pavers for your home. One things for sure, natural stone pavers are a stunning and equally as durable paving solution. If you have any questions on natural stone pavers for your home, contact our friendly team here at Bonita Stone. We handcrafted a stunning series of pavers, natural stone included.
You can check out our all-Australian made collection online, or contact us for a chat! We would love to hear from you!