Many people prefer natural stone made patios. They look original and elegant than the artificial stone patios. However, you also need to consider the cost, the maintenance, durability and safety while finalising your decision. Both the price and the looks need to be considered while choosing between natural stone and artificial stone patios. Following are the ways to find which material suits you best. It is preferred to first investigate the material rather than considering the complete theme of the landscape. Aesthetics This is important as both you and your designer need to consider. It is a foremost thing to be considered while stylising or finalising the theme of your paving surface. Considering the theme of the rest of your house is important. If your house is contemporary or modern then, you cannot chose old styled coatings. Some of the themes you can finalise from are : Formal, symmetrical, traditional, stately Asymmetrical, informal, casual chic, eclectic Contemporary, modern, clean lines, elegant simplicity Rustic, old world, European, cottage look Confused between the artificial and the original Nowadays, many manufacturers produce artificial surfaces that look as good as the natural ones. They look realistic and as finished as the natural ones. The surface of the concrete base can be coated with stamped concrete or other varieties of decorative coatings. Sometimes, these techniques give a shiny or plastic look, as sealers are used to finalise the look. Manufacturers use interlocking concrete pavers, which give the artificial stones an original look. One should always consider their personal views while finalising a original or a fake surface. Advantages of Concrete Pavers Concrete pavers offer several advantages like low cost, easy maintenance, the fact that the placement on a concrete slab is not necessarily required, high durability, and flexibility of use. They can be used for various applications like patios, steps, driveways, pool decks and walkways. Plus, there is a wide variety of designs available, as compared to original stone options. Always choose the theme of your design. For eg: old world, traditional, contemporary or rustic. Cover the part of the patios that have gray concrete. Give it strong borders that define the edges perfectly. Summary Keeping the above things in mind you can always prefer artificial designs for the original ones. They are not only cheaper, but also durable. Moreover, if they look as finished and polished as the original ones, then why not give it a try.]]>
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