When we talk about creating a stone patio, we’re often speaking of using pavers that are often manufactured or engineered stone products that are basically concrete, or a composite material that is made to provide the look of real stone. But the fact is, nothing can provide the depth of beauty that comes from a natural stone product.
One of the most common natural stones that is used in the interior of homes for countertops and flooring is natural granite. It offers a unique look that can only come from a natural product. Today, new technology is allowing homeowners to bring the beauty and luxury of natural granite to their outdoor living space. Natural granite stone is available today for exterior use. In fact, granite can be used in a variety of uses outside the home. Let’s explore some of the many uses and benefits of using natural granite in your outdoor living space.
What Is Granite?
Granite is a very dense, hard, igneous rock that consists of quartz, mica, and feldspar. Based on the minerals present it can come in a variety of colors. Because it is a natural stone, no two slabs are exactly alike so it offers homeowners a unique way to customize their interior and exterior space.
In exterior landscaping, granite is used as curbing, slabs, steps, platforms, treads, fillers, posts, stacked stone walls and pavers. It comes in a variety of species including Blue Mist, Caledonia, Salt & Pepper, Stanstead and others.
Benefits of Using Natural Granite Pavers in Patio Construction
Because of the wide variety of sizes, colors and species of granite available for outdoor use, granite can be a wonderful way to carry your indoor color palette into your outdoor space. Natural granite is extremely durable and requires little maintenance. It is unaffected by weather extremes like heat, cold, rain and snow.
Because of the wide range of species, granite can be a perfect material no matter what style you’re looking for, from rustic, to formal to contemporary. Blue Mist, for example is a blue-gray stone that is very dense and offers a contemporary monochromatic and classic look for your patio. Blue Mist Prime has the same durability, but presents beautiful wisps of white against the dark gray background and can give your outdoor space a sense of flow or movement. Another popular varieties are Salt & Pepper and Caledonia. This stone is classed as a brown granite and offers distinctive large dark crystals which give it a formal appearance, and it’s also extremely durable.
With proper installation, a granite patio can offer you years of almost maintenance free enjoyment. Because it comes in a variety of sizes, it’s possible to get creative with your installation and mix sizes and colors to create interesting patterns. It is durable enough to stand up to years of use and because it is such a flexible product, you can add matching elements like fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, even benches or an outdoor kitchen in complimentary colors or patterns.
Here at Old Station Outdoor and Landscape Supply we offer custom fabrication and we carry a full range of granite curbing, slabs, steps, platforms, mailbox posts, light posts, pavers, threads and more. We offer a number of the most popular varieties including Blue Mist and Blue Mist Prime, Sandy Point, grey granites like Salt & Pepper, Standstead and Royal, Caledonia, Umbria and Phoenician.
If you have any questions or would like to see some of our selection of great granite products, visit our website, give us a call or if you’re in the Norton, Massachusetts area stop by! We’re always happy to help!