There are plenty of ways you can make a home or even a commercial establishment look more appealing. You can play with the natural lighting, pick pretty colours, or have plants flourishing around. All these can make your surroundings have a vibe that ranges from elegant to rustic.
Besides what surrounds you, you should also consider what is under your feet. The surface on which you walk is just as important as the objects around you. There are plenty of options, but one that will always stand out from your typical tiles or wood is stone pavers.
What are Stone Pavers?
Stone pavers are, well, stones that you can use for flat surfaces like porches, walkways, or driveways. Stone pavers can have regular shapes, like rectangles. So, what sets them apart from your regular building materials like concrete pavers, cinder blocks, or bricks? Well, it is because your stone pavers can go beyond these typical shapes.
They can come in seemingly random shapes and sizes. You can have an entire walkway of asymmetrical stone pavers that magically fit together like a bewildering jigsaw puzzle.
The variations in shape are due to how people make stone pavers. Instead of using moulds, people make stone pavers by cutting and harvesting them from the quarries themselves with minimal processing afterwards. Such a process adds to the authentic natural vibes of stone pavers as their aesthetics are mostly due to natural geological processes.
Why Go for Stone Pavers?
Stone pavers look like they are actual stones. But why bother getting them? If you are going for a home with a natural, laid back, rustic ambience, then stone pavers are a great choice. Imagine strolling through a luscious garden and walking along with stone pavers.
Now compare the feeling that you would get if the walkway were bricks. Although still appealing, you do not see brick walkways or other kinds of pavers that are orderly and symmetrical. Thus, other pavers can remove you from that sense of being one with nature.
Maintenance and Environmental Impact
Because stone pavers use minimal processing, they have a less environmental impact. Stones are some of the most sustainable materials you can use for building because of their sheer abundance. Moreover, they are strong and durable. Just as they need little processing, they also need little maintenance.
They resist water well, and if it gets unusually wet, you only have to worry about some algae growing. Whereas with other materials, you have to consider resurfacing and sealing. And there is also the concern of cracks. If a concrete paver gets a crack, many would consider it as a flaw or defect. If a stone paver has a crack, it may actually blend with natural aesthetics.
Their beauty is also timeless. As the saying goes, “Nothing beats the classics,” and what is more classic than the designs of natural geological events? In the end, if ever you change your mind about them, stone pavers are also completely recyclable.
Whether you are building a new home or a shop for your business, you can include stone pavers in your design ideas. Not only will you have an ageless beauty with low maintenance as an addition to your property, but you can also contribute to sustainable building.
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