Natural Stone Products for Driveways
Use natural stone to create a driveway with character
By Sabah Karimi
When designing or laying a stone driveway, consider the benefits of natural stone products. Natural stone tiles, slabs and gravel are highly durable materials that resist weathering and shrinking over time. This type of stone can help you create an aesthetically pleasing driveway and smooth surface that accommodates all types of vehicles in any climate. Whether you're paving a small or large driveway surface, learn about options available with natural stone products.
Types of stone
The most commonly used natural stone products used to build driveways include: travertine tile and slabs, tumbled loose stones, sandstone tile and slabs, granite slabs and bricks, cobblestones, quartzite and flagstone. Different types of natural stone are sold by the square foot or per brick, and may be available in varying levels of thickness.
Natural stone products used for driveways are available in slabs, brick shapes, tile and loose gravel. All of these shapes and styles can be laid out in a certain design or shape to enhance the driveway and surrounding landscaping. Work with a professional landscaper or architect to create a distinctive design embedded in the driveway's surface, or choose from stone block or cobble-paving sets where the bricks and tile are laid in a certain pattern to create an attractive design.
Different types of natural stone products can be finished in different ways for more aesthetic appeal. Some types of natural stone can be left unfinished because they already have a hammered or chiseled look. Others may be textured with a punched, combed, striped, honed or riveted finish. Some types of natural stone tile and bricks can be decorated with inlay detailing and carved designs to create a more elegant, distinctive finish.
Natural stone products and stone paving in general are typically much more expensive than concrete paving, so if you are working with a tight budget, you may only be able to pave a portion of the driveway with natural stone brick, tile or gravel. If you are ordering custom shapes, or slabs and tile with inlay detailing, expect to pay a premium price; you also may be responsible for high shipping and delivery costs.
If you are not installing the stone yourself, work with a professional paver or landscaper. These professionals can help with the installation, and also with designing the overall layout and look of your stone driveway to create an aesthetically pleasing and functional surface. If your budget allows, consider hiring a professional paver or landscaper who can complete the installation efficiently and safely using professional tools and equipment.
Learn about the warranty or expected life of different types of stone so that you are making the most informed investment. Keep in mind that some types of stone must be completely replaced once they start chipping, cracking or warping.
About the Author
Sabah Karimi is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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