The Best Ideas For House Patio Design With Natural Stone 39
The Best Ideas For House Patio Design With Natural Stone 39

45 The Best Ideas For House Patio Design With Natural Stone

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Stone is unmatched in its organic and natural beauty making it a wonderful choice for stone patio designs. Stone easily coordinates with different styles of architecture and is available in many textures and colors. Stone is found as tiles, manufactured and cut in standard dimensions and thickness, or rough flagstone.

Geological forces and where the stones were collected determine their hardness. A particular form of sandstone can be as durable against scratches as marble; however, other types of stone can be fragile enough to dent with a fingernail.

Stones absorb water differently as well. Stones can easily absorb water if they are highly porous. In cold weather, the water expands when frozen and can crack the stone. Therefore, the less water a stone is able to absorb, the more durable it is. Low absorbing types of stones last much longer when placed outdoors than highly porous stones. This is what makes them such an excellent material for stone patio designs.

Flagstone is a type of stone patio design. It refers to the variety of types of natural flat stones bought from quarries or broken as one piece in multiple sizes, shapes and thickness. Sandstone, bluestone, limestone, granite and quartzite are the most common flagstone types.

Cleft-face or split-face flagstone has an uneven rough surface and looks rustic while hone-face flagstone looks refined because it has been smooth by machine. However, the hone-face still is slightly rougher than concrete or tile.

Surprisingly, flagstone comes in many colors. Flagstone coming from different quarries exhibit different hues and tones. This makes the stone perfect for coordinating with outdoor wicker patio furniture. Combined with coordinated outdoor pillows, the patio will look marvelously decorated. Natural flagstone can be rather expensive when compared to brick or concrete. Flagstones for patios vary in size, ranging from six inches to a couple of feet wide and thickness ranging from one half to two inches.