Patio Stones Types Explained – Choosing Paving Stones

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Patio Stones Types Explained – Choosing Paving Stones

Patio Stones Types Explained | Choosing Paving Stones

Be confident in choosing stones for your next outdoor project.

We explain the physical and application properties of patio stones types.

Summer is here, and while you are thinking of doing some upgrades to your outdoor spaces – whether it be the driveway, backyard, walkways or patio; maybe you want to add more flair than just laying traditional asphalt or concrete. With patio pavers, there are limitless designs to what you can do with your outdoor living space. However, it can be a daunting task learning what patio stones types there are. First you have your stone type, and then comes understanding their value. It’s equally important to understand the stone’s physical properties and how it makes sense to place it in your outdoor environment.

1. Patio Pavers

Patio pavers are the number one choice homeowners pursue due to their aesthetics. These patio pavers are manufactured stone which are made in a factory through molds. They are such a popular choice because:

  • Limitless designs and flexibility to go anywhere
  • Easy to cut
  • Easy to clean & seal
  • Looks organized and beautiful

Cambridge is a very common name in the patio paving industry. Nicolock, Techo-Bloc, and Unilock are other brands we carry.


2. Bluestone

Bluestone is, no doubt, one of the most popular paving stones. Bluestone is offered in both natural and manufactured stone options. Here we’ll explain the difference between natural bluestone and manufactured bluestone.

Natural Bluestone – natural stone is generally blown from the mountains, and then brought to a quarry for cutting. It is placed naturally how it is cut, and comes in different thicknesses. Natural bluestone retains more heat and tends to get hot; however in New York it is so common due to the shorter hot days, making it easy and to walk on barefoot. It also lasts longer than a manufactured stone.

Manufactured Bluestone – Formed in a factory using molds, manufactured bluestone is composed of a compound of different types of stone to mimic the look and feel of Bluestone. Manufactured bluestone is an increasingly popular choice due to the engineered properties of it. Manufactured bluestone are designed for cooler temperatures, lighter weight, durability in the winter (no chipping) and much more comfortable on the bare foot.

BOTH of these stones are able to be cut in any shape or size. The edges of it can also be chosen from full round bullnose, half round bullnose, chiseled edge, and straight edge.

3. Travertine / Travertina / Travertino

Travertine comes from the Italian name Travertino, and is alternatively called Travertina. Travertina is a beautiful luxurious natural stone that comes in various colors. Typically the colors are white, tan, cream, and darker variations. It’s known for it’s very soft and fibrous surface – being a porous and sedimentary rock that is found in hot springs. Essentially, it is a limestone.

Travertine is very resistant to mildew, moisture, and water, making it a popular choice for pool patios and walkways, giving it a smooth non-slippery surface when it is wet. It remains cool even in hot weathers. The maintenance on these stones are slightly higher than others, and should be taken care of with cleaners and sealers. These luxury stones are a great choice!

4. Flagstone / Flagging

Techo-Bloc – Flagstone

Flagstone can be a confusing term to think of as it is a universal term used in the industry. It means slab from it’s derived name. This is another sedimentary rock that is composed of multiple stone types, typically a form of sandstone with quartz and feldspar. It’s colors come from the other materials that bond these minerals together.

Typically when referring to Flagstone, homeowners want the irregular shaped look, that has very hard long-lasting properties. It comes in both manufactured and natural stone to bring a very traditional feel to your property.

Flagstones can be used in walkways, patios, fish ponds, and even on walls!

A project to remember


Now that you have a basic understanding of the majority of stones, we hope this made it easier for you to make decisions toward your next outdoor project. All of these stones can be used in conjunction with different style edges around your walkways, patios, pool coping, driveways, etc. Different patio stones types can be used together in conjunction with other accessory stones found on our website, with any colors you can imagine! We’ll passionately help make your special project come to life, just give us a call!