Natural stone is beautiful. It’s versatile, abundant and long-lasting. If you’re planning to use stone in a project in or around your home, you should know these facts about different types of stone. You’ll quickly realize that there are types of stone that are better for some projects than others. Here are five things you should think about before you make your final selection.
1. Moisture in the Area
Are you replacing your mulch with landscaping rock because the area is always in the shade so your mulch is constantly mildewed? You should realize that although rocks won’t mildew, they can grow algae and moss. As you choose the landscaping stone for an area, you might want to steer away from white and light-colored stone which will show the growth much as your mulch did.
2. Foot Traffic
Think about bare feet on your planned walking path through a garden or around your home. If a great deal of it is often in the sun, remember those stones will get hot under the Nashville sun. If you have people (or pets) who like to walk barefoot, you should consider lighter stone. Also, think about how slippery the stones are. You don’t want people slipping and falling in bare feet or shoes.
3. Awareness of Nearby Landscaping
If you’re using rocks as either mulch or decorative elements, you need to consider the surrounding area. Your landscaping can be impacted by the heat your rocks absorb. If your garden is only a rock garden, any color rock or stones will do. However, if you’re intermixing plants, you may want lighter stones so you don’t end up with heat burned leaves and plants.
4. Your Home’s Style
You don’t want to mix in round boulders or softly curved stones around your contemporary style home. It’s better to choose the stone that follows the contemporary lines of your home. Likewise, if you have a traditional or even historic home, choosing a stone that would have been found around the property when it was originally constructed will better compliment it.
Patios and other areas where people incorporate stone around their home can change the drainage patterns. If you decide to finish a patio made of flagstone with concrete, you need the water that falls on the patio to have a place to go. One solution is to edge your patio with smaller rocks that help with drainage. Another option is to use patio pavers that allow for drainage between the sand that holds them in place.
The experts at The Rock Place can help you choose the right types of stone, rock, paver, or landscaping stone for your project. Come by our facility at 475 Wade Herrod Road in Smyrna or call us at (615) 459-9200.