Stone is considered the most noble material. Praised for its aesthetic qualities and the singularity of each slab, the stone can give character to a terrace and enrich the architecture of the house.
Natural stone terraces
Natural stone offers a wide variety of color choices, shapes and textures.
The limestone terrace: its clarity gives a warm appearance to the terrace. Its color can be white, beige or pink. Hard limestone is used for paving, softer limestone is preferred in the manufacture of natural rubble. It agrees with an atmosphere of the south of France.
The granite terrace : it is a very hard stone and therefore very resistant to wear and is suitable for passage spaces. It is very weather resistant.
Basalt: its characteristics are close to those of granite. From light gray to dark gray and microporous, it is very resistant and harmonizes perfectly with a theme of steel and contemporary decoration.
Sandstone and porphyry are less used materials. They are very sturdy and wear very slowly.
Marble: it is a noble stone that gives scale to the architecture of the house. Hard and compact, it is very resistant to wear.
A stone terrace needs to take some precautions with regard to maintenance: do not use bleach or high pressure cleaner, it damages the stone. It is advisable to use a broomstick and black soap, dish soap, baking soda or soda crystals and clean early in the morning or in the evening. With regard to protection against stains, there are special products sold commercially. The first prize starts at 35 € / m2.
The reconstructed stone terraces
This is a non-noble and very cheap material. It is close to concrete and consists of crushed stone and mortar. Reconstituted stone can artificially create a natural stone look like marble, granite, shale or clay. Molded, it allows original creations and finishes and easily adapts to the requirements of atypical terrains.
The reconstituted stone, thanks to its treatment, is anti-slip and insensitive to frost. Its price varies between 40 and 60 € / m2. Labor is also more economical because upstream work is easier to do. The maintenance is the same as for natural stones.