Natural Stone Patios
It’s hard to beat the beauty of natural stone. Stone makes an excellent choice for your hardscape project. Ranging in various colors, shapes and sizes some of the most widely used types of stones for patios and walkways are sandstone, slate and limestone.
Also known as Pennsylvania Bluestone, a sedimentary sandstone found in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York. Though known for its blue hue, it’s also offered in a “full color” variety which includes hues of grays, greens, rusts and lilacs. The stone is normally pattern cut into squares and rectangles but also available in irregular broken shapes which are pieced together to create mosaic patterns. The flagstone is often “thermaled” which removes the natural cleft from stone ( as well as some color) providing a more uniform stone in thickness. Pa flagstone is very versatile in that it can be tumbled to provide an aged appearance, it is used in decorative walls, steps and sills.
A form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, cream-colored, and even rusty varieties. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave. In the latter, it can form stalactites, stalagmites, and other speleothems. It is also formed from a solution of carbonate mineral in the ground becoming a terrestrial sedimentary rock. Because is lacks metal content it stays at an ambient temperature and is an excellent choice for pool surrounds