When it comes to building an outdoor space, you will need to consider a variety of attributes. Ideally, the design and implementation of the space will complement the home, but you’ll need the materials to withstand harsh conditions. Commonly used materials like wood are beautiful but require regular maintenance and sealants to help it hold-up against mother nature. For a product that is more efficient, consider using natural stone for your outdoor deck or pool. There are plenty of options available on the market that provide beauty and durability that is unlike any other.


One of the most popular natural stones used in outdoor spaces is flagstone. Its rich earthy hues make it a sought-after choice for many homeowners. The narrow, packed joints allow for water to penetrate rather than run off the stone keeping children and adults safe around wet areas like a pool. If you’re interested in a natural and rustic look, your flagstone can be laid in a fashion that will allow moss or grass to grow between the stones. The beauty of flagstone provides homeowners with some flexibility regarding design with regular and irregular patterns achievable. Also durable, once installed it will last for years.


Bluestone is a version of flagstone distinct for its blue and slate grey coloring. The thicker density of the stone makes it resistant to extreme temperature cycles that most Tennessee residents experience. As a result, homeowners need not worry about weathering or splitting when used outdoors. The texture is naturally rough. If you’re looking for a stone that will be used by a pool, bluestone’s rough texture will provide a natural anti-slip surface. Sealing your bluestone will help protect it from scratches, stains, chlorine, and dirt or debris.


Build an outdoor space with a sleek almost mirror-like surface by using granite. This stone is one of the hardest natural stones on the market and is usually the first recommendation for outdoor spaces. It’s often darker in color than other stone and is thought to have a streamlined look. Granite is an excellent conductor of heat. In the summer, you won’t have to worry about cracks or splitting. The color is often resistant to weathering meaning it will look just as amazing years down the road.


Finding a stone that is not only complementary but cost-effective is achieved through the implementation of limestone. Limestone is a natural option that manipulates easily into the design of your outdoor space. It’s available in a variety of colors, but all give off a warm glow which means it will look beautiful when used outside. Unlike other stones, such as marble and granite, limestone is consistent in pattern and texture meaning your tiles will match seamlessly throughout the design of your space.


If you are looking for a stylish tie subdued in appearance travertine is an excellent choice. The material is well-known for its durability and resistance to most weather conditions making it a superior alternative for outdoor decking. It’s also porous meaning it absorbs water quickly and efficiently. As a result, it will outperform other materials if you want to use stone around the pool. Travertine, unlike some materials, remains cool to the touch even in the heat adding only to the comfort of the homeowner if it were to be installed as a decking option.


Slate flooring is naturally slip-resistant and available in a variety of colors giving homeowners the opportunity to design an outdoor space that is unique to their home. Slate has been a material of choice for decades because it is readily available, durable, and easy to cut into a mixture of shapes. If you want to achieve a natural, but also subtle outdoor space, choosing slate in its quintessential brown, reds, and rusts will accomplish the look perfectly. Once installed, the stone will require very little maintenance apart from the regular cleaning.

Need more help choosing which natural stone exterior is right for you? Contact Stratton Exteriors today. We have decades of experience helping homeowners design and implement a unique and beautiful outdoor space. Visit our website to learn more.