Paving stones are one of the easiest ways to demonstrate your personal style within the architecture of your home or building, as well as your Ottawa landscape design. Unlike concrete pavers, natural stone pavers are rarely identical. With a variety in size, texture, and colour, they have become increasingly popular for driveways, within gardens, patios, and as accent pieces.

Stone pavers are cut from quarries, unlike concrete or brick pavers manufactured using moulds. Depending on the type of stone, there are a lot of choices in the marketplace. However, there are three basic types: slate, granite and travertine. There are some regions where other stones are found, and those locally sourced pavers are probably more popular in your area than others.

Types of natural paver stones


This is a type of stone that looks very much like marble. If you are interested in European Renaissance, this is the stone for you. While it is mostly smooth, there will be natural cavities to give it interest. It comes in a variety of colours, so it is increasingly popular. It will work on any outdoor surface and will last for years with proper maintenance.


Slate is at the top of most lists. As it is stripped from its natural rock, it will split and offer an uneven texture with each slab. This texture is what makes slate slip-resistant and, therefore, one of the more popular options for outdoor living. They are rugged but still offer a lovely decorative effect for driveways and landscaping. They, too, are extremely durable over time.


Granite comes from volcanic rock. As the magma cools, it absorbs random minerals, and then you have granite. It is one of the hardest substances on earth and is popular because it will fit any style in any country. It can stand the hottest summers and coldest and snowiest winters. Its natural resistance allows it to provide a permanence not found in other substances.

With so many other paver materials to choose from, why would you want to use stone? That’s easy. Because they are honed from the earth, they will be more durable and last longer in your landscaping than manufactured pavers.

Here are some more reasons:


As each stone is quarried, it will have slight or sometimes substantial changes in colour. That will give your design the one-of-a-kind look you are seeking. It can work with modern to traditional architectural styles and fit into almost any personal taste preference.


Natural stone has been sourced for building and landscaping for centuries. In some countries, you can see that they still exist as road paving. It handles all types of weather patterns and requires very little maintenance over time. Manufactured pavers can absorb water easily and then crack and need replacement.

Contact A&Z Interlock for Ottawa landscape design

Natural stone pavers are the obvious choice for their beauty, versatility, and durability. Ottawa landscape design is a great investment for any home. Contact A&Z Interlock at (613) 219-9862 for a free estimate. A&Z Interlock is the leading provider of natural stone pavers in Ottawa. With over 15 years of experience, we can help you choose the right type of stone for your project. We specialize in providing high-quality stone pavers that are durable and require little maintenance.