Outdoor Oasis: Porcelain Pavers vs. Natural Stone Pavers

April 28, 2018

Spring has sprung, which means summer and outdoor fun isn’t far away. So now’s the time to begin that outdoor upgrade you’ve been dreaming about since last Labor Day. Here’s where natural stone or porcelain pavers come into the picture.

Both types of flooring lend color and texture to your hardscaping and outdoor entertainment areas. But which material is right for your particular home improvement project? Each material has much to recommend it, and some negatives, too. 

Porcelain pavers are a versatile and budget-wise choice for outdoor patios and walkways. Porcelain pavers are made from kiln-fired clay topped with inkjet printing that allows the paver to look like every type of natural stone and wood. Unlike natural stone pavers, porcelain pavers are fade resistant and don’t need sealing. Also, they can stand up to almost anything nature can throw at it. 

Natural stone pavers, of course, are Nature’s decorative flooring. Travertine, slate, and quartzite can create eye-popping floors, each different from the next. The problem with real stone, however, is that some material, like slate, can heat up in the summer sun, making your patio seem like a pizza oven. And they require periodic sealing, which puts your entertainment area on the no-play list for at least a day or two. 

In the end, the choice between porcelain pavers and natural stone pavers will be guided by your particular needs and tastes. Here are ideas for using pavers outdoors and transforming your yard into the go-to entertainment space for summer fun. 

Tuscany Chocolade Travertine Pavers


Featured: Tuscany Chocolade Travertine Pavers

Tuscany Chocolade porcelain pavers combine rich, brown earth tones with lighter accents to create an elegant yet rustic look for your hardscaping. The pavers are available in honed, tumbled, and unfilled finishes. They look equally lovely installed in the family room, or as outdoor tile for entertainment spaces. 

Tuscany Beige Travertine Pavers


Featured: Tuscany Beige Tumbled Travertine Pavers

Tuscany Beige Tumbled Travertine Pavers combine warm cream and tan hues to create a cozy and sophisticated outdoor entertainment area. The travertine pavers come in a variety of sizes, 8x8 to 24x24, which allows you to set them in many different patterns. They’ll look gorgeous surrounding a pool or topping a patio. Their light color also helps prevent the sun from soaking your patio and making it too hot for summer fun. 

Pedra Azul Porcelain Pavers


Featured: Pedra Azul Arterra Porcelain Pavers

Pedra Azul Arterra Porcelain Pavers are a lovely mix of warm browns and beige tones and veins. These large-format pavers look great wherever they’re installed – the kitchen, entryways, and outdoor entertainment areas. Best of all, porcelain pavers stand up to moisture, making them a particularly good selection for laundry rooms and pool surrounds. 

Praia Grey Porcelain Pavers


Featured: Praia Grey Arterra Porcelain Pavers

Praia Grey Arterra Porcelain Pavers are a lovely combination of soft white and gray tones, which your walkways, patios, and other hardscaping will love. These porcelain pavers also will play well cabinetry and appliances in white or gray kitchens. 

Argento Travertino Porcelain Pavers


Featured: Argento Travertino Arterra Porcelain Pavers

Argento Travertino Arterra Porcelain Pavers elegantly combine soft grays, taupes, creams, and white swirls that will look stunning installed around your pool or in your outdoor kitchen. They’re durable and easy to clean, so you don’t have to worry about grilling splatters.