Outdoor living is big in South Florida which is why now is the perfect time to select pavers that will allow you to create a patio that makes spending time outside more enjoyable. There are a variety of pavers that range in durability, maintenance, and style. Learn more about pavers to see which material is right for your South Florida patio.
Popular Materials for Pavers
When you select pavers, make sure they balance aesthetics and utility to best fit your environment and lifestyle. (Do you live in a sub-tropical climate? Check out the best types of pavers for South Florida patios!)
Sandstone, limestone, travertine, granite, and slate are popular types of natural stone pavers that give patios a welcoming yet luxurious feel. Quarrying and transporting natural stone, however, is labor-intensive so it’s not exactly an inexpensive option. Also, natural stones have irregular sizes, thicknesses, and textures which can make it challenging to create a smooth surface. Lastly, natural stone isn’t recommended for pool areas because it becomes slippery when wet.
Concrete is a cost-effective material that is both versatile and durable. Its gray appearance can feel a little boring but there are special tints and textures that can be applied to concrete to transform its look. However, the surface may have to be refinished every few years to keep it looking good. Although concrete can crack when temperatures drop below freezing, it’s not really an issue that patios in South Florida will have to face.
Brick is a versatile material that can achieve different looks like rustic or modern depending on the color and finish. Brick pavers can be laid in many different patterns, however, there are limitations to their size, color, and texture. Brick patios handle outdoor elements well but their color can fade over time as well as become uneven if the area isn’t properly prepped before installation. Furthermore, you’ll need to clean and seal the bricks every two to three years to maintain their appearance.
Porcelain pavers are durable, non-porous, and easy to maintain. They have a beautiful natural aesthetic that can be manufactured in a variety of sizes and colors. Porcelain is a natural material that looks similar to slate and granite but doesn’t have the permeability, unevenness, or difficulty of installation of natural stone. They’re also UV resistant so they won’t fade with sun exposure (perfect for sunny South Florida). Additionally, porcelain won’t develop mold or mossy growth which means less maintenance and more time enjoying the patio.
Transform Your South Florida Patio
Enjoy the beauty of South Florida all year round with a patio that’s designed to fit your lifestyle. Platinum Sand Construction can help you select a paver material that will work best for your style and budget. We offer hardscape design and paver installation services as well as a wide selection of materials in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, and more to achieve a patio that you’ll be happy with for many years to come. Schedule a free quote today to see how we can help you select pavers and design a patio you’ll love.