When creating a living space outside, one must consider the many options for flooring. Although wood decks and faux stone patios are attractive and inexpensive, nothing compares to the look and feel of natural stone. Luckily, there are many options available for natural stone flooring.
Granite is an expensive but popular option because of its beauty and hardiness. Granite comes in a variety of colors and is extremely durable in all weather. Granite is resistant to extreme heat and scratching. Granite can be purchased as a paver for outdoor use in various shapes and sizes. It is exceedingly popular for its aesthetic value and lasting polished look.
Slate is a metamorphic, natural rock that is both durable and waterproof. Though typically gray to black in color, it can vary depending on the type of slate purchased and the presence of other minerals within the slate. You can purchase slate pavers in various shapes and sizes. Slate is resistant to acid, so it can be laid directly on soil, unlike other materials which must be laid on sand.
Although most flagstones purchased at home improvement stores and nurseries are fabricated, it is possible to use natural flagstones for outdoor flooring. Natural flagstones can be found at a local quarry or a store that specializes in stone. The benefit of flagstone is its resistance to any climate, including the freeze-thaw cycle of colder regions. You can also use various materials to fill in the cracks, from sand to bark to ground cover. If taken care of properly, a flagstone outdoor floor will last a lifetime.
Bluestone is sedimentary rock from northeastern U.S. quarries. It is typically sold in large pieces, either irregular or rectangular in shape. As the name implies, bluestone has an engaging bluish-gray color. It makes a beautiful, durable and flat outdoor floor. It is also cost effective, easy to use and stands up nicely the freeze-thaw cycle . However, as a porous natural stone it should be properly sealed for long-lasting attractiveness.
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