How Much Do Cobblestones Cost?
Cobblestones are a type of stone paver that comes in various sizes. Made from several different kinds of natural stone including limestone, granite and soapstone, these pavers display a spectrum of neutral shades from tan to gray. Though reclaimed cobblestones are available for homeowners who want an "authentic" look, most are quarried and cut into roughly square or rectangular shapes. These pavers can also be made from concrete and fashioned to look like a traditional cobbled surface.
- Cost per square foot: $11 - $20
Uses for Cobblestones
Versatile cobblestone pavers can be used to create many different outdoor elements. When made from hard stone such as granite, these pavers are suitable for high-traffic areas including driveways. Some cities even use these stones in pedestrian marketplace areas, which is a testimony to their longevity.
The uneven surface of cobblestones makes them a good choice for use around swimming pools. Slightly rough stone means a non-slip surface and better safety. When coupled with its natural resistance to wear, this element also makes cobblestone a good choice for patio areas, especially in families with children who tend to run around as they play.
Smaller lawn and garden accents such as walkways and "stepping stone" paths can also be created using cobblestones. These designs make the most of the lack of uniformity between stones by allowing grass and other ground cover to grow up between each paver. This softens any sharp edges and creates a natural look that enhances the appearance of the yard.
For homeowners who want an old-fashioned, rugged look for walkways, driveways and other outdoor accents, cobblestones are a beautiful choice. Strong and long-lasting, these pavers impart a classic style that will last for many years with proper installation and maintenance.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Cobblestone
Cobblestones are relatively easy to work with and install. The cost is lower when compared to other types of stone pavers, partly due to the fact that cobbles are easier to obtain than other more "exotic" stones. These elements should appeal to both homeowners on a budget and those looking for outdoor projects they can complete themselves.
The neutral colors of these stone or concrete pavers means that they look good in just about any lawn or garden design. Homeowners can lay the stones in a variety of patterns to create unique and eye-catching features or provide the foundation for an outdoor living area. Weather-resistant cobblestones ensure that these designs remain beautiful even through changing weather conditions.
Choosing cobbles is eco-friendly as well. In places where the ground is prone to erosion, cobbles can help preserve the integrity of a yard or garden. Instead of soil washing away during spring rains and thaws, properly installed cobbles hold it in place, thereby reducing topsoil loss and making for less cleanup after a hard winter.
Maintaining cobblestone landscape elements is simple, requiring little more than the occasional sweeping and gentle pressure-washing to remove common outdoor debris. The sand between the joins may need replacing on occasion, which can easily be done with household tools. For cobbles that may come in contact with staining substances such as grease or dark-colored drinks, a sealant is a good idea to maintain an even appearance and color.
Drawbacks of choosing cobblestone pavers include the differences in stone size that can make it difficult to estimate the exact amount needed. Cobblestones are rarely uniform in size and can be difficult to cut. Size and shape can make it more complicated to lay a specific design or fill a desired area. Uneven stone surfaces may become slick and dangerous during snowy or icy weather conditions. The harder and more durable the cobblestone material, the higher the cost of the project.
Installation & Materials
Before installing cobblestones, homeowners should use stakes and string to map out the area where the pavers will be laid. The area will then need to be excavated to a depth that allows the finished surface to sit about one inch above the ground and 1 inch below any door sills.
Once the area has been excavated, a base of gravel or crushed stone should be laid to allow for drainage as well as to provide a stable foundation. Pouring sand over the gravel and spreading it out flat creates the surface where the cobbles will be placed. After this combination of materials is put down, the cobbles can be set into the desired shape and pattern. A quick pass with a plate compactor ensures that the cobbles stay in place. Plate compactors push the cobbles down just enough to set them and flatten out the surface.
Joins between stones may be filled with grout or sand. Sand can be applied simply by pouring it over the cobblestones and sweeping it in between the cracks with a broom. Each crack should be completely filled before being sprayed lightly with water. This compacts the sand and helps keep pavers from shifting during changing temperatures.
Grout is available in sanded and unsanded varieties and may need to be mixed before applying. Homeowners should follow the instructions on the package before pouring and spreading the grout using a long-handled foam squeegee. Once the grout is spread, it should be left to dry until completely hardened and set. Pavers on patios and in other areas where food will be cooked or consumed should be sealed after the grout is dry.
In addition to the pavers, there are several other costs involved when installing cobblestone landscaping:
Compactor to set stones: Costs range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars; homeowners can contact a local hardware store for rental pricing.
- Gravel base: approximately $4 for a 50 lb. bag
- Paver joint sand: $35 for a 50 lb. bag
- Paver grout: $10 - $25 depending on size, available unmixed or pre-mixed with or without sand
- Paver sealant for stones and joints: $35 - $150 depending on size
Last updated on May 19, 2016
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