We leave no stone unturned when creating your perfect Austin patio
Archadeck of Austin has been serving the central Texas and Hill Country
area since 1999, building the finest patio designs and hardscapes on the
market. Patios have certainly changed over the last 5 – 10 years.
Not too many years ago, most patios were made of simple concrete or brick
pavers. Today’s patios encompass a wide variety of natural stone,
pavers and synthetic stone and are often assembled with unique footprints
complementing the architectural elements present on your home, and the
surrounding landscape. Our patios include vertical hardscapes with
outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, retaining walls, decorative pillars, and even hardscape stairs and steps.
Archadeck of Austin has tremendous experience and expertise in designing
and building Austin’s best patios and hardscapes.
There are so many materials available for your patio that it can be overwhelming
to nail down your selection. Not only are today’s pavers beyond
basis brick colors and rectangular shapes, the stone options are seemingly
endless. But if you’re not sure if you’d like pavers or stone,
you might want to consider whether you’re looking for a consistent
and organized pattern that’s very pleasing to the oganized mind
and logical eye, or something more random and creative that’s more
pleasing to the rustic or artistic eye. Pavers are now made in just about
any earth-toned hue you can imagine. They also come in many sizes and
with a multitude of textures. Lean on Archadeck of Austin to help you
decide. We can guide you through the color family and to the shape/size
and finally the layout decision for your particular project.
There are also other options such as stained and stamped (scored) concrete
or outdoor tile. Both of which come in a variety of colors and subtle textures.
When choosing a hardscape for your Austin outdoor structure stone is a natural!
Natural stone comes in a myriad of colors, textures and variances in undulation,
or waves and bends present in natural stone. Natural stone is derived
from a multitude of locations within our earth, and with any material
that is derived from nature and the earth, no two pieces of stone are
exactly alike. The differences and variations present in natural stone
only add to its charm and are part of what makes it so popular among the
many materials available to create a truly unique hardscape outdoor structure.
Please watch our Austin patio & hardscapes video from
our YouTube channel showcasing some of our stunning past projects:
Our signature item is the flagstone patio. Whether it is built in unison
with a deck, pergola or another one of the custom outdoor structures we
build for homeowners here in the Austin area, the added essence of flagstone
makes the entire project breathtaking. Austin is hill country which yields
varying grades and steep drop offs which often include natural stone,
but natural stone used as a building material is common because of its
natural beauty and the way it complements the natural surroundings and
backdrops of your property. Flagstone is quarried from the ground and
therefore will not yield a completely even surface. Flagstone patios are
set on either concrete or mortar beds. Our flagstone patios our sealed
with a “matte” finish penetrating sealer which are not visible
to the naked eye that they are being absorbed. This sealer will last from
6-12 months. After the initial sealing, the patio may be resealed again
at your discretion. If you are placing a BBQ pit or grill atop your flagstone
patio be careful not to let grease or drippings on the surface of the
flagstone as they can stain the stone and become permanent.
Running only second to flagstones popularity here in the Austin area is
Leuders stone, also known as limestone. Limestone is formed when sea beds
dry up in layers over time resulting in the decay of aquatic organisms.
This sedimentation process over time and intense pressure yields limestone.
Limestone is basically calcium carbonate which is a pure form of a very
Not unlike the other natural stones we have listed, limestone can also
be stained or damaged by outside forces. When exposed to acidic properties
which are present in wines, sodas, coffees and other beverages it can
result in a condition referred to as an
“etch mark” which needs to be polished to be removed. Repeated acid or high moisture
attack can result in permanent and irreversible stone damage and color
change. This stone class can scratch easily under normal wear. Despite
the fragile nature limestone has under certain circumstances, it is one
of the most beautiful stones we use and as long as it is properly sealed
and taken care of can prove to provide years of beauty and outdoor enjoyment.
Sandstone & Slate
Flagstone is not the only natural stone that is coveted among Austin homeowners
for its beauty and unique characteristics. We also use sandstone and slate
in many of our projects. Sandstone is created when sand and an alkaline
settling is formed under pressure and joined at the uppermost surface
of the earth. Slate, as well, is a rich, deeply undulated natural stone
that is popular in building outdoor hardscape structures. Slate and sandstone
are very similar in the manner formation of the stone itself occurs. Slate
is formed when wide ranges of minerals are compressed in layers near the
earth’s’ surface over time. Slate is however prone to what
“cleft plane spalling” which is a process where layers separate from the main stone body. Combined
with the soft character of slate, these layers can be separated by walking
on the surface, dropping or moving items over the surface or an excessive
presence of moisture. Due to its’ soft nature, slate is also prone
All of these types of stone are excellent choices for masonry projects.
They can all be sealed to help prevent staining. These stone makeups are
available in a chopped block, patio stone or capstone. Combining various
styles can add more texture, dimension and depth to your project. All
are extremely durable and will outlast us all as we know since they have
already existed for thousands of years. Within these stone types, there
is a wide variation of colors and hues. So when choosing the hardscape
material for your patio or other
outdoor living structure, natural stone is a natural indeed!