There are a variety of options when it comes time for you to pick the material you want to use in your poolside patio. But one that provides a high level or durability and sophistication is natural stone. Below is a list of the natural stone options you might consider as you plan your poolscape.



Flagstone refers to any type of flat slab of natural paving. It comes in a variety of colors from tans to browns, light grey to dark grey, and even red to brown. Flagstone’s texture makes it ideal for around pools because it is non-slip, heat resistant and durable. Flagstone is also very low in maintenance.


Bluestone is a type of flagstone. It is hardwearing, non-slip, and water resistant. It’s typically blue-gray in color and can be finished in one of three ways: thermal, which gives a uniform texture; natural cleft, which creates a non-uniform texture; and honed, which have a highly smooth appearance.


Granite is one of the hardest natural stones, so it’s the ideal pick for a poolscape that you hope will stand the test of time. Granite is typically dark in color, holds a shine, and repels water. It can be more expensive when compared to other paving options, but its durability can make the investment worth it.


Travertine is an increasingly popular material for poolscapes. It is a type of limestone and comes in a variety of colors from whites, browns, greens, reds and browns. Like all natural stone, travertine pieces are never a single solid color.

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