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Picking Natural Stone for Your Denver Patio This Spring

April 18, 2018

Spring has finally sprung, and it’s time to start making all of those fun outdoor plans—barbecues, cocktail parties, graduations, birthdays, weddings, or whatever events you have coming up. Perhaps you are already thinking about putting in a patio for entertaining. Imagine the great parties you can have on a backyard patio. But before you resign yourself to a boring concrete slab, think about using natural stone for your Denver patio for a more unique, rustic look. Using a natural stone such as travertine, slate, or granite will create a gorgeous space that you will be proud to show off to your friends and family.

There is something to consider when it comes to using a natural stone for your outdoor oasis rather than concrete: maintenance. Concrete might be dull, but it is pretty low maintenance. Using a stone will most likely mean some type of maintenance is necessary. But we think you’ll agree—it’s well worth it!
We invite you to give us a call at Natural Stone Sales, and we can help you choose the best stone for your new patio. This article from the folks at HGTV also offers some tips: Choosing Materials for Your Patio.

Let’s take a look at some of the natural stones you have available for your upcoming patio project!


Let’s start with the hardest stone that is also the least porous: granite. This colorfast stone is perfect for the outdoors because it is hardy when it comes to the elements. The bright Colorado sun might warm up its natural colors a bit, but it will be beautiful for many years to come. Other than sealing it regularly, it is quite low-maintenance.


Marble is another hard and durable choice. Because of its slight tendency to be porous, you will need to seal marble at least once a year. It stands up well to the sun, and its natural colors should not fade. Keep in mind that depending on how you finish it, it could be slippery when wet.


Travertine adds an earthy look that is particularly beautiful around pools because of its nonslip surface. It is generally best for areas that are sheltered from extreme temperatures. Sealing this stone is very important, particularly in the face of the elements. (Read our article on the do’s and don’ts of taking care of your travertine tile.)


Slate has that same warmth to it as does travertine. It can fade in bright sunlight, so it might be a better choice for a covered patio. Make sure to choose a smoother surface for your patio tiles to avoid an uneven surface.

Whatever natural stone you decide on, your new natural stone patio will provide beautiful square footage to your home you can enjoy this summer and many summers to come.Let us know when you are ready to get started on your upcoming patio project, and we are happy to help you choose one of the beautiful natural stone options that are available. Call Natural Stone Sales at 303-777-7485 to set up a consultation today—and you’ll be ready to host a summer get-together by the time Memorial Day rolls around.