flagstone patios

Jul 21, 2016

Travertine or Flagstone Patios? Your Backyard Wins Either Way

Summer has arrived, and your backyard is calling.

Patios are a low-maintenance means of expanding your home’s living space, and with the help of a professional landscape designer, can be built to any specification, shape, or size.

Perhaps the biggest decision encountered when installing a patio is what type of stone you will choose.

At McHale Landscape Design, our masons can create breathtaking structures from either flagstone or travertine. Both stones are renowned for their distinctive appearance and overall sturdiness.

Exceptional in many ways, deciding between the two styles often comes down to personal preference.

Flagstone is an all-encompassing term for sedimentary rock that is formed from layers of sand, clay, and minerals, which result in the stone’s unique colors and characteristics.

Durable and dynamic, flagstone patios have become a favorite among homeowners and landscapers, alike, thanks to their striking appearance and overall versatility. They are also easy to care for, though different kinds of flagstone require different levels of maintenance.

Flagstone is widely viewed as one of the best materials for patio construction, due to its narrow joints that eliminate storm water runoff, and a naturally slip-resistant surface.

But perhaps its main draw is its versatility. Unmistakably beautiful, with distinct lines and edges, it can be laid out in a repeating pattern for a distinguished and formal look, or irregularly-shaped stones can be assembled in a more random fashion for an informal beauty.

Additional benefits include:

• Rich, variable colors
• Permeable surface
• Space for grass and moss to grow between stones

More and more, however, homeowners have increasingly been incorporating travertine stones into their patio design.

Considered a type of marble, travertine is a soft stone that hails from locations as distant as Italy, Turkey, and Peru, and as close to home as Yellowstone National Park.

It is admired for a unique look forged through complex processes, and is cut from pure, natural stone.

Travertine comes in a number of shapes, sizes, and earthy tones. It is resistant to discoloration and easy to clean. Among its myriad benefits, it is also:

  • Durable
  • Slip resistant
  • Cool to the touch

McHale Landscape Design’s in-house masons can install travertine or flagstone patios that incorporate the surrounding elements of your outdoor design. Contact us today for more information.