How to Choose the Right Paving Materials for Your MN Home – Part 2

(In Part 1 of this series we discussed some paving basics – click here to read that post if you haven’t already.)

In addition to the paving materials we discussed in our previous post, you can choose from other types of stone to provide the most benefits for the yard at your home.

Types of Stone Paving Materials

  • Sandstone:  One of the most popular types of stones to use for hardscaping, it is one of the easiest to work with. It is also one of the most popular due to the low cost as compared to other materials, but you still get the luxurious look that stone provides. Sandstone is easy to come by in larger quantities and comes in many different colors, making it easier to get a custom design.
  • Gravel: For those that have a smaller budget, gravel can be ideal. Not only does it provide texture in the yard, but it with proper installation it also can provide a packed down look. However, avoid smaller, sharp gravel.  Also, weeds can become a problem if the gravel is not packed and laid properly.
  • Slate: Slate is a softer type of material often used as flagstones; it comes in a very soft color palette that some enjoy. The muted colors are beautiful against many homes. It is easy to shape to the desired area and works best in mild, sheltered locations. This is because it doesn’t take well to freeze and thaw cycles.
  • Granite: Granite is one of the top choices because of how strong and durable it is. Though a bit more expensive than the other options, many find the price worth it. Granite is often sold as cubes or bricks, so it must be cut before it is set in the specific location of the yard. Since granite can be a bit more pricey than other options, it is often used for accent areas.

front houseMix and Match Paving Materials for a Custom Look

You can make any walkway or pavement into a dynamic focal point of your home by adding a mixture of different stone elements to it, or even adding in composite materials or wood.

By using different shades, textures and colors to mix and match, we can create a unique appearance will make your yard stand out. Set off gathering places, create an eclectic pattern to walk to the house on or use them to see elevation changes in the ground. They are both beautiful and functional.

These are just a few of your options when it comes to paving.  For a look at others, here are some of the most common pathway materials used in yards here in the Minneapolis area.  Our next and final post in this series on paving will cover composite materials.

Now is the time to get your landscaping plans going for spring installation.  Speak with us here at ALD to find out how we can provide you with the stone pavers you’d like to have throughout your yard.  We are a licensed MN landscaping company serving both the Minneapolis metro area and outlying Minnesota communities, including western Wisconsin.