A natural stone patio can be one of the most beautiful types you can have.
There are various types of stones to choose from for a stone patio design. Some are well known, but there are others that are definitely worth consideration.
The availability of natural stone varies depending on what the local stone yards stock. Some stones will be local while others come from various areas of the country.
Since I have written other pages on bluestone and travertine which can be used for stone patios, I thought I would address other stones you might think about for your patio stone designs.
Idaho Quartz stone is a very hard stone with a sheen to it...I wouold say a "glitz". It's one of the more unusual stones and very beautiful. As you can see, it is mostly gray, but there are some tans in it also.
Photo from Peninsula Building Materials.
Here, Idaho Quartz is used for pool coping.
It appears the same stone has been used for the pool paving for a unified look.
Photo from California Pools.
This lovely walkway by Unturned Stone was done with a gray crab orchard stone.
It resembles the Idaho Quartz only in color here.
There is no sparkle to the stones and this is a softer material than quartz stone.
It can sometime flake over time. As you will see in the images below, this is not the typical color of crab orchard stone.
Arizona flagstone is a sedimentary stone which makes it softer than any quartz stone.
It comes in many beautiful southwestern colors.
It can be quite nice in the right place...as you can see from this great photo from California Pools.
I hope this has given you some ideas if you are considering a natural stone patio, walkway or pool decking. These can be more costly than using other materials, but if it's in your budget, it's a great paving choice.
Also see natural stone patio with bluestone.
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