Best natural stone for your outdoor space

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Planning a backyard makeover? Our natural stone wholesale team can help! Backyard kitchens and living spaces are becoming more and more popular. But while it might seem simple and easy to take the party outside, there’s a lot more to consider when designing your exterior space. 

Given that outdoor spaces are exposed to a variety of different weather conditions and extreme temperatures, natural stones are the ideal choice for their durability. Here are some of the ways you can incorporate natural stone into your backyard space:

  • Fireplaces
  • Countertops
  • Walls
  • Patios
  • Trim
  • Walkways
  • Fountains
  • Landscaping
  • Driveways
  • Pools
  • Garden benches
  • Stepping stones
  • Pizza oven

Once you’ve decided where and how you want to use natural stone in your backyard, it’s time to determine which natural stone material will work best for your specific project. You want to consider the design and function of your space as well as the durability and lifespan of your materials. Here are some of the most common exterior materials. 

Granite

Granite is an excellent choice for outdoor use. Not only can it withstand high temperatures, but it is resistant to scratching, staining, and bacteria growth. Granite is also highly customizable as it can be easily cut into a variety of shapes and sizes and treated for different textures and finishes. However, it is porous so it must be sealed regularly to withstand moisture.

Marble

Marble is a popular choice for its beauty and luxurious finish. It comes in a variety of colors to match the aesthetic of any space, however, it is vulnerable to acidic substances and weathering. It is also porous, making it prone to staining unless sealed properly.

Limestone

Limestone is another ideal choice for outdoor spaces because it’s low-maintenance and sturdy. It works best for patios and entryways because of its traction and non-slip quality. Limestone is by nature earth-toned, however, which can make it appear stained and dirty.

Slate

Slate is resistant to weathering as well as slip-resistant. It is also resistant to stains and absorption, and is among the more affordable options for outdoor surfacing. It is gray to black in color making it less likely to show accumulation of dirt and dust, but also making it prone to extreme heat when in direct sunlight.

Porcelain

Porcelain also comes highly recommended by our natural stone wholesale experts. It is durable, weather-resistant and requires very little maintenance to upkeep its quality. It is most commonly used for patio flooring and outdoor kitchen surfaces. 

Quartzite

Quartzite, like porcelain, is durable when faced with weathering. It is also non-porous, non-slip and even harder than granite. Quartzite is, however, a bit more costly in comparison.

If you’re planning a backyard makeover, our natural stone wholesale experts have everything you need to make it happen. Once you know what you want, contact us for help choosing the best natural stone to incorporate into your outdoor project!

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