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How to Choose an Interlocking Stone

August 2018
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From driveways to sidewalks, patios, pool decks and more, the interlocking stone can provide endless landscape design opportunities.

But before you start to install your interlocking stone, you need to choose and purchase a quality product. Do you know where you should be purchasing your interlocking stone? Wondering how to choose the best interlocking stone for your landscaping project? Here are some points to keep in mind to ensure that your interlocking stone project goes smoothly.

Where to Purchase the Best Interlocking Stone Product

There are many interlocking stone manufacturers to choose from, and in today’s day and age, it’s easy to find them.

Whether you go to your local landscape supplier, talk to your contractor or go online, the options are endless.

Your best bet? Start by contacting either a reputable landscape contractor or landscape supplier.

Consider the Options Afforded with Interlocking Stone

Unlike some other landscape stone choices, interlocking stone is a very versatile product. With its many options to choose from, you’ll be able to find an interlocking stone that meets your needs! When selecting an interlocking stone product, compare the following:

1. Application

Where you decide to install your interlocking stone will be a huge factor in the type of stone you can consider.

For example, if you want a certain stone for a driveway and walkway, you’ll want to ensure that there is matching stone available for the full project. This also could be permeable pavers or adding in matching steps or wall stone.

2. Colour

Interlocking stone comes in many different colours and colour blends. Manufacturers have even started mixing two or three colours into certain product lineups! Doing so makes complementing a home’s colour much easier but can make it more difficult to match other landscape design such as walls or steps.

Knowing what colours you can choose from in a product lineup will quickly narrow down your choices of stone.

3. Sizes

When looking at the stone, you need to be aware of the sizing. Slab pavers are the new standard compared to the small brick style that was popular 10-15 years ago.

A professional landscaper will be able to run through different sizing options quickly. Knowing what sizing you are looking for will also help narrow down manufacturer choices.

4. Texture

Just like design trends, interlocking stone is always changing.

Currently, some companies offer a textured collection and a separate smooth collection (e.g. Permacon with Mondrian and Melville collections). Other companies offer the same stone with a textured look and a smooth look (Unilock with Beacon Hill).

Your application or design tastes will make your texture choice easier.

5. Accents

Your intended area for the interlocking stone combined with your design will determine your accent options.

Accents can include different colours or textures or even incorporating an inlaid stone. They can be either complementing or contrasting.

When choosing an accent, remain with the same manufacturer to guarantee compatibility.

6. Manufacturers

With the numerous manufacturers offering similar product lineups, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by product options!

The best advice? Consult with a trusted landscape professional like Envision Landscapes when choosing a quality interlocking stone product for your landscape design needs.