For most homeowners, the most difficult aspect of outdoor landscaping is choosing the materials to use. Most landscapers and homeowners agree that flagstones and other natural stones are the best choice for an outdoor landscaping redesign. Read on to find out why and learn more about your natural stone options.
- Natural Stone Types
Natural stones come in an endless variety of colors and textures, and usually have a more organic, dynamic appearance than manufactured stones. They are also heavier, making them sturdier and safer for landscaping projects. Some of the natural stones available in the Illinois area include: Bluestone, Fond du lac, Chilton, Tumbled Lannon, Sandstone, Red Sunset, Oakfield, and more.
- Cut vs. Uncut
Choosing between cut and uncut natural stones is generally a matter of decorative taste—what look are you going for aesthetically, and will it complement the exterior and interior of your home? Cut stones typically lend an aspect of cleanness, refinement, and uniformity, while uncut stone adds to a rustic and more relaxed ambience. Keep in mind that you can also mix and match to suit whatever tone you’d like.
The weight and sturdiness of natural stone will assist in its outdoor functionality. Stepping stones will not shift and functional walls will be more stable. You can also use natural stones to create patios, walkways and paths, benches, and free-standing rock sculptures—all lovely additions to your overall landscaping design.
If you’d like more details on natural stone options for your landscaping redesign and you live in the Chicago area, then contact us at Schroeder’s Home Landscape and Drainage Supply. Schroeder Material offers all of the mentioned stone types and will help you select the best option for your budget and desired look. If you’d like to get a better idea of our stone selection, then visit our website’s online stone gallery.