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What’s Better – Concrete Pavers or Natural Stone Pavers?

When it comes to designing an outdoor patio, choosing the right type of material can be a difficult decision. We here at Solid Structures offer professional design services to help you make these decisions, can take you to completed jobs of each kind to show you in person, and also 3D model your dream project so you can walk around it virtually. However, there are many materials to choose from. Concrete paver stones and natural stone are two of the most popular options for hardscaped outdoor patios. In this blog, we will compare concrete paver stones versus natural stone for hardscaped outdoor patios, exploring the benefits and drawbacks of each material.

Solid Structures specializes in professionally designed and installed hardscape (driveways, patios, outdoor kitchens, outdoor living space, etc.) in the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake/Coastal Virginia area. For a professional design consultation, please Contact Us to get your project started.

Concrete Paver Stones

Concrete paver stones are manufactured using cement, sand, and water, and come in a wide range of shapes, colors, and sizes. Paver stones are an affordable option and can mimic the look of natural stone at a fraction of the cost. They are also easy to replace if one becomes damaged or stained. Additionally, they are not prone to cracking like regular slab poured concrete and can be repaired if ever needing access to underneath utilities. For more about concrete vs pavers, go HERE.

Concrete Paver Stone Patio Installed by Solid Structures

Benefits of Concrete Paver Stones

  1. Affordability: Concrete paver stones are generally more affordable than natural stone for hardscape material, making them a popular choice for homeowners on a budget.
  2. Variety: Paver stones come in a wide range of shapes, colors, and sizes, allowing for a high degree of customization. They are commonly used for paver patios, porches, walkways, driveways, outdoor kitchens, and anything flat where concrete would not look aesthetically pleasing.
  3. Durability: Concrete paver stones are durable and can withstand heavy foot traffic and harsh weather conditions.
  4. Low Maintenance: Paver stones are easy to maintain and require only periodic cleaning with a pressure washer or hose. Sand can be applied to the joints as needed to ensure pavers remain locked in place…but typically the correct type of sand (polymeric sand) only escapes if direct high pressure power wash is applied.

Drawbacks of Concrete Paver Stones:

  1. Limited Aesthetics: While paver stones come in a variety of shapes and colors, they cannot match the natural beauty of real stone.
  2. Lack of Originality: Paver stones are manufactured, meaning that they lack the uniqueness and individuality of natural stone.
  3. Prone to Staining: Paver stones are porous and can become stained if not sealed properly.

Natural Stone Pavers

Natural stone, on the other hand, is quarried from the earth and comes in a variety of types, such as slate, limestone, and granite. Each type of stone has its unique look, texture, and color, making it a popular choice for homeowners who want a one-of-a-kind patio.

Natural Stone Paver Patio Installed by Solid Structures

Benefits of Natural Stone Pavers:

  1. Beauty: Natural stone is naturally beautiful and can provide a unique look to any outdoor patio.
  2. Longevity: Natural stone is incredibly durable and can last for decades or even centuries with proper maintenance.
  3. Authenticity: Natural stone is authentic, providing a genuine connection to the earth and the natural world.
  4. Low Maintenance: Natural stone is easy to maintain and requires only periodic cleaning with a pressure washer or hose.

Drawbacks of Natural Stone:

  1. Price: Natural stone can be expensive, especially if it’s imported from another country.
  2. Maintenance: Natural stone requires periodic sealing to prevent staining and discoloration.
  3. Installation: Natural stone requires specialized installation techniques, which can increase the cost of installation.
  4. Limited Availability: Natural stone is not always readily available, meaning that it may take longer to source and install.


Choosing between concrete paver stones and natural stone for your outdoor patio comes down to personal preference, budget, and the desired aesthetic. Concrete paver stones are an affordable option that can mimic the look of natural stone, while natural stone provides an authentic and unique look that cannot be matched by manufactured materials. Ultimately, the decision comes down to what will work best for your outdoor space, so consider all of the benefits and drawbacks before making a decision.

If you are looking for a professionally designed patio in the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, or larger Coastal Virginia area, please contact Solid Structures.

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Written By Scott Prunty

Scott Prunty is the president of Solid Structures. Throughout his 15 active years in the Design-Build Outdoor Living industry, he has earned various certifications in the areas of ICPI Residential, ICPI Advanced Residential, ICPI Commercial, PCIP, and is an ICPI certified instructor.

  • 15 years actively in the Design-Build Outdoor Living industry
  • ICPI certified Instructor
  • ICPI Residential, ICPI Advanced Residential, ICPI Commercial, and PCIP certified
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