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Under Foot: Outdoor Flooring Buyer's Guide (page 1 of 5)

What's the best material to build your driveway, deck or patio? We look at five outdoor flooring choices and the cost, pros and cons, and ideal locations for each.

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From brick to cedar decking to concrete pavers, outdoor flooring options can quickly get complicated, but when you consider the pros and cons of each, it’s simple to choose a type of flooring and style that fits your space and your budget. We talked to design experts Jeff Wilson, a home improvement expert who has hosted several shows for HGTV and DIY, and Morgan Grimball, ASLA, a landscape architect in Columbia, SC, for the dirt on five outdoor flooring materials.

Natural stone

Pros and cons: Stone can be expensive to truck in and installation is labor-intensive. Local stone from your region (for example, fieldstone in the south or slate in the northeast) costs less and is more eco-friendly. Once installed, natural stone is extremely durable and almost maintenance-free.

Cost: Varies by type of stone and region, but around $25-35 per square foot.

Ideal location: Patios, pool decks, front porches, walkways, driveway accents

Design ideas: Use stones with an irregular shape to create a meandering mosaic pathway; for a more uniform appearance, select cut modular stones. Natural stones have beautiful color variations from gray to red to blue, which can form part of the pattern and overall design of your outdoor space.

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