Pavers or Stone: Pros & Cons

wooden and stone stairways leading down to backyard patio with chairs and stone fire pit
When considering a new landscape design, there are many features to consider. Oftentimes, your focus may be on an outdoor seating area, fire feature, or some kind of flooring or deck. But when it comes to the surfaces of your outdoor space, the biggest choice is between pavers or stones. Both options are beautiful and known for their longevity. As a homeowner, you may be wondering which one is the better option. Here are the pros and cons of pavers or stones for your landscape.
 

Pavers or Stone: Pros & Cons

 

Pros & Cons of Pavers

 

Pros

 
Pavers come in a wide range of colors. They are typically made of concrete and are rectangular or square in shape. This allows you to create a custom look by utilizing a variety of patterns. Even though they are easy to install, they are also easy to customize. Pavers can withstand extreme heat and cold temperatures. Maintenance is minimal and most of it is cleaning the pavers with a pressure washer. Pavers are a popular option for driveways. Paver driveways are a low-maintenance option with a high-end aesthetic. Occasionally, you may have to replace damaged pavers. This is an easy process that can be done quickly, making this another great advantage of pavers.
 

Cons

 
Pavers, especially concrete pavers, are often more pricy than other types. They require more grading and backfilling, which can increase the cost. Additionally, pavers can crack over time due to settling or shift of the soil beneath. Weeds or small amounts of grass may peak through the gaps occasionally as well.
 
 

Pros & Cons of Stone:

 

Pros

 
Perhaps the favorite feature of stone is that it is natural. Natural stone features add a unique and timeless look to any structure. They are strong and will retain the natural variations of color and texture. Better yet, they do not require any serious maintenance work, other than occasionally sweeping.
 

Cons

 
Keep in mind that because it is natural, your stone flooring will change in color. In addition, some stones are more inclined to retain heat, so would not be recommended for use around a pool. For the budget-conscious, stones can also be a larger investment – but with an equally high ROI- than pavers. In the event one is damaged, they can be replaced, though it can a bit more to find a replacement stone. Replacing damaged stones requires a bit more labor than replacing pavers, but can be done.
 

Pavers & Stone Landscaping Features

 
When it comes to pavers or stone, both options are a great way to add dimension to your new landscape design. The main factor in deciding which is best is evaluating your personal preference. Each provides a different aesthetic so pick the one that fits your yard best. If you need help picking between pavers or stone, consult with a landscape designer. Outdoor Makeover & Living Spaces will design and install landscaping features for your yard. We have been providing high-end landscape design and hardscaping services in Atlanta since 2001.