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Natural Stone Pavers

Naturally occurring stone pavers are mined from quarries, or collected from a rock outcrop. Because they are not manufactured, as concrete and brick pavers are, stone pavers have different qualities than concrete and brick and are often more expensive than their manufactured cousins. But, they are still the most popular choice for all external paving needs. This is due to their enormous variations in color, texture, shapes and natural beauty. Common natural stone pavers include travertine, limestone, sandstone, cobblestone, slate, granite, flagstone, and marble.

Stone Paver Applications

Pavers made of stone add value to the home in nearly limitless applications for driveways, pool areas, patios, courtyards, sidewalks, barbeque areas, pathways and garden beds. Natural stone may be finished by being tumbled, brushed, polished, honed and chiseled, flamed or thermal flamed. Your installer will explain these technical terms.

Stone Paver Benefits

Stone pavers never fade and they are extremely versatile and durable. They can be applied on existing concrete if it is flat and not cracked. Other ways in which stone pavers made to applied, include sand bases and road bases. Stone pavers are long lasting, hard wearing and weather resistant. These qualities make them especially good for driveways, walkways, and pool areas. The use of a sealant is advisable to protect the color in high traffic areas.

The main benefits of stone pavers are their strength and durability. They hold the enormous weight required of a driveway and high traffic area.

They also can withstand virtually any weather conditions, and are non-slip, freeze and thaw-resistant, frost free, sun resistant, and provide for simple snow removal.

Stone Paver Colors and Shapes

Stone pavers offer virtually infinite colors and shapes from which to choose.


Low maintenance stone pavers can be replaced inexpensively if damaged.

All you need to do is sweep stone pavers regularly and pull the occasional weed or utilize herbicides on particularly stubborn weeds. A rinse off with a high powered hose will remove grime and most stains.

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Installing Natural Stone Pavers:

Mark out the area in which you want to lay your pavers by driving wooden stakes into the ground. Then remove enough turf and dirt from the site, to a depth suitable for the pavers and the base materials.

Laying Base Material:
Once you have removed your turf and dirt to the correct depth and ensured that your site is level, you can now lay your base material. This can consist of a layer of gravel and crushed stone, generally about 4 inches deep. You may also want to use a layer of filter fabric, or geotextile, if your soil does not drain well. Compact this layer of material, using a plate compactor, for best results.

Sand Bedding:
You can now add your layer of sand, which will provide the bedding for your pavers to set into. This layer is normally about 2 inches deep if your pavers are generally the same thickness. If they are varied in thickness, then this layer should be a little deeper. This layer should also be compacted firmly with the use of the plate compactor.

Laying the Pavers:
Start in a corner and set the first few pavers in. Lay them quite close together, and use a rubber mallet to set them into the sand bedding.

Cutting Stones:
To cut some pavers to fit into spaces, first mark the line on the travertine paver. Then, using a cold chisel and hammer, score the line into the paver. Then break the stone along the line. Be sure to use a board under the paver for leverage.

After every row of pavers are laid, check to see if the level is consistent, with the use of a spirit level. If there are any high sections remove the relevant pavers and take away some of the sand, and then relay and set the pavers again, until the surface is level.

Fill the Joints:
Once all the pavers are laid, fill in the joints. Simply sweep sand across the paved surface and the joints are automatically filled with the sand.

Hose the Surface:
With the use of a garden hose, water down the surface. This will compact the sand into the joints. Repeat the process, sweeping and watering, until the joints are filled and firm.