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A Quick Look at the Pros and Cons of Slate Pavers

When it comes to the different types of paving stones used for hardscaping, consumers have plenty of choices. Pavers come in three basic categories: natural stone, brick (clay), and concrete. As a category, natural stone includes numerous different types of material; one of the more common used for residential yards is slate. To help you decide if this might be the right option for your hardscaping project, here’s a rundown of some of the primary pros and cons of slate pavers.

Pros of Slate Pavers

  • Provide a simultaneously natural and upscale, elegant look

  • Come in a variety of gray, blue-black, brown, and rust colors

  • Available in consistent coloring or with attractive natural patterning

  • Can be square or rectangular, or irregularly shaped or broken for a highly customizable look

  • Durable and long-lasting

  • Stain-resistant

  • Available with a rough finish for a nonslip surface

  • Hold their color well over time

  • Environmentally friendly (and an extra sustainable option if acquired from a nearby source)

  • Great for adding value and curb appeal to your home

Cons of Slate Pavers

  • Like other natural stone pavers, they’re more expensive than concrete, brick, or clay alternatives

  • Also have a higher material cost than some other natural stone pavers (where the slate is sourced from has a significant bearing on the cost)

  • Should be treated to protect against moisture absorption, which can lead to damage over time

  • Heavy and not very easy to work with for DIY projects

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