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Feb 16

Stockett Staff

Natural Stone for Outside Use: Which Types of Natural Stone Are Better for Exterior Applications?

by Stockett Staff

Natural Stone for Outside Use: Which Types of Natural Stone Are Better for Exterior Applications?

Learn about the types of natural stone that are suitable for outdoor surfaces.

Transform the outdoor surfaces of your home from ordinary to extraordinary with durable and beautiful natural stone. Natural stone gives your home an elegant appearance, enhances its value, and enables it to stand the test of time. Some residential exterior uses for natural stone include the following:

  • Fireplaces
  • Walls
  • Planters
  • Patios
  • Trim
  • Walkways
  • Fountains
  • Landscaping
  • Driveways
  • Pools
  • Veneers
  • Garden benches
  • Facades
  • Stepping stones

Natural stone is a versatile building material that you can use in many different ways outside of your home. It beautifies the exterior of your home and gives it an organic feel that perfectly complements the foliage in your yard or garden.  The following are the most popular types of stone for exterior use.

Granite

Granite is durable and withstands the elements very well. Granite has an extensive color palette, ranging from pink to dark gray. Keep in mind that if you use dark granite, it will get very hot in the Arizona sun.

Marble

Marble is considered one of the most luxurious types of natural stone. Marble adds sophistication to any home. It has natural veining and comes in a variety of colors. However, dark marble fades in sunlight and any type of marble loses its polished finish over time. Marble is also vulnerable to acidic substances and weathering elements. Additionally, marble is porous and stains easily.  

Limestone

In ancient Egypt, the pharaohs used limestone to build pyramids, which says a lot about its durability. Limestone is one of the most popular stones for exterior use because it is sturdy and low-maintenance. Limestone has soft earth tones. It is a strong, dense stone that withstands abrasion.

Slate

Another popular type of natural stone for exterior applications is slate, which is gray to black in color. Slate is resistant to the elements and is suitable for patios, landscaping, and trim. Slate is slip-resistant, even when wet. Due to its dark color, slate is a lot less likely to show dust and dirt accumulation. Slate also has low absorption rates and is resistant to staining. Slate is competitively priced, making it a great choice for large areas.

Tips for Using Natural Stone for Exterior Applications

The more coverage outdoor natural stone surfaces get, the better. Covering natural stone with awnings, umbrellas, etc. will limit exposure to the elements. Also, bear in mind that excessive salt, corrosive cleaning agents, and other chemicals can harm the finish of exterior natural stone.

It’s best to seal natural stone with a penetrating sealer, which seeps deep into the pores of the stone and provides it with years of protection. A good sealer will ensure that stone surfaces are easier to clean as well as reduce the absorption of water and oils.

Use a hose to wash exterior stone surfaces on a regular basis. If a deeper cleaning is needed, use a non-acidic, non-corrosive detergent to remove buildup. Test the detergent in a small area first to make sure that it is compatible with the natural stone. Avoid using acidic cleaner or a pressure washer to clean natural stone.

Enhance the Beauty of Your Home’s Exterior with Natural Stone Surfaces

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