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Today’s concrete pavers are so good at mimicking natural stone, that you have to look twice—or several times—to notice the difference. Or you may not be able to tell at all. While natural stone is an amazing building material, it’s not always the ideal choice. To get the look of stone and the features you want, here are three concrete pavers to consider instead of natural stone in Orange Lake, NY.
The Attractiveness of Natural Stone
Natural stone is a top choice for many homeowners. First, each stone is unique, with slight or dramatic differences in color, veining, and patterning due to varied mineral content. This means that even stones from the same quarry could have significant differences—and that’s part of the charm.
As timeless as stone is, there are a few drawbacks to it. Some types can become slippery when wet; some tend to spall (flake) because they are more porous; and some are very hard to work with, which will increase installation costs.
Why Concrete Pavers Are Preferred
Fortunately, you can achieve the completely unique and random look of natural stone using concrete pavers.
The first way is to choose a paver made using Reala Technology from Unilock. This process uses casts made from a multitude of natural stone. Not only do you get the texture, but you won’t see obvious repeating patterns in your patio, walkway, driveway, or pool deck. One paver made using Reala Technology is Richcliff, from Unilock.
Many homeowners and landscape contractors consider Richcliff pavers as the premier paver that gives your outdoor living space a natural flagstone look. The colors and the textures look like the real thing. You won’t have to worry about spalling or chipping, and Richcliff pavers are durable enough to be used on driveways. Richcliff pavers come in three authentic blended colors: Pebble Taupe, Smoke Shale, and Dawn Mist.
Smoother Texture, Rich Patterns
Pavers without obvious texture, but that are rich in pattern, can also achieve an authentic natural stone look.
Granito pavers from Unilock are inspired by granite. These pavers feature a boldly mottled color finish that uses the proprietary Artista Color Technology, combined with EnduraColor. Choose Granito Random for patios, walkways, and pool surrounds; or Granito Hex for your driveway. These pavers are available in two finishes: Textured and the smoother Granito, which both come in Sabia or Notte. Either of these, thanks to the richness of the patterning, will give you an amazing natural-granite look.
The third way to achieve an authentic stone look is to mix colors from one paver. With Richcliff pavers, you could have Smoke Shale and Dawn Mist blended on site to create an authentic bluestone look.
Another paver that is easily blended thanks to several complementary colors is Beacon Hill Flagstone from Unilock. This richly textured paver comes in Steel Mountain, New York Blend, Almond Grove, Sierra, Fossil, and Tuscany. These blended colors ensure you’ll find the perfect shade that will complement your home. For example, Fossil, New York Blend and Almond Grove can be blended to give you an ultra-realistic natural stone surface without repeating colors or patterns.
Whether you want to achieve the realistic look of stone using pavers with Reala Technology, or strong patterns, or color blending, you’ll be assured that all Unilock pavers are designed for highly efficient installations, and they are made to last.