Installing a new patio, pool deck, or both is a great way to further invest into your southern California property. Patios and pools are both shown to increase home value and add more functional space to your yard. When you decide to put in a new patio or pool deck, there are decisions that will have to be made along the way--one of those being what type of luxury stone you will use for the new area.

Learn about seven types of luxury stones that are popular for patios and pool decks in our area of California including Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and nearby cities.


1. Marble is one of the most luxurious options for patios or pool decks.

Custom marble tile patio in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

If your goal is to create an incredibly luxurious patio or pool deck, then marble is an excellent choice. This stone gives off European vibes and looks incredibly timeless and elegant. Pieces of marble are directly sourced from quarries throughout the world and brought to your property. By nature, marble is a light-colored stone and is white if it was formed without any other stones around. If there were other stones, then marble may be black, gray, pink, or yellow in color.

Depending on the type of marble you choose for your new custom patio, marble will cost about $23-$78 per square foot. It is one of the most durable and long-lasting options you can choose, will remain cool to the touch, and does not require sealing which makes it very low-maintenance.

The stone used for marble patios is different from what you may see on marble countertops, as polished marble does not hold up well outside.


2. Sandstone pavers are a great choice for pool decks.

Sandstone paver pool luxury living area in Carlsbad, CA.

If you are creating a large pool deck area, sandstone pavers are a great choice. Sandstone by nature is a very porous stone, which means it absorbs water easily while standing the test of time. These pavers require sealing every few years to keep them protected, and with proper cleaning and sealing, expect these stones to last for decades.

Sandstone comes in a large variety of colors from white to orange to brown. Stones may also have swirls of color in them. Usually, a sandstone patio will run about $34-$43 per square foot. Keep in mind, this stone can easily scratch, so do not drag heavy furniture or items across it.


3. Slate is naturally slip-resistant and comes in many colors.

Black slate around pool construction near Carlsbad, CA.

Another excellent choice for pool decks and patios, slate is naturally slip-resistant which makes it a safe option for homeowners. Slate will cost around $17-$23 per square foot based on the type you choose and the color you choose--colors of slate include:

  • Blue
  • Gray
  • Light Brown
  • Red
  • Purple

Your patio contractors can combine colors of slate and break the pieces into any shape or size that you want for your new patio. Slate does not do well in rainy areas, but luckily, we do not experience much rain in our part of the country. The stone is also quite durable, lasting for at least 100-150 years.


4. Coral stone stays cool to the touch and can be added inside your pool as well.

Coral stone texture up close in Encinitas, CA.

While concrete may be a tempting choice, it gets incredibly hot with sun shining directly on it. Instead of adding on a patio and pool deck that you can barely walk on in the summer, use coral stone. This stone stays cool to the touch and can be installed with a rough finish, which gives poolgoers traction and makes it less likely that they will slip and fall.

The stones are a marine rock that generally come from either Florida or the Caribbean Sea and have fossil patterns in them that add a fun, tropical feel to any outdoor area. They may be ivory, pink, or light tan. For a cohesive feel to your space, you can even add some of this stone to the edge of your pool steps. This will also make the edge of the steps safer and minimize slips in the pool, too. Coral stone will cost anywhere from $15-$40 per square foot. It is generally recommended to routinely clean coral stone with a natural alkaline cleanser and to seal it every few years as well.


5. Granite is very durable and can be black, grey, or pink.

Granite pool deck installed in Carlsbad, CA.

Granite is another popular choice for patios and pool decks because it looks lovely and it is low-maintenance. It is also incredibly durable and will last just about forever. This material can cost around $18-$22 per square foot and can be grey, black, or pink.

This stone is readily available and is found in quarries all over the world, which makes it a great choice. It will just need an occasional pressure washing session to keep it clean and minimize risk of staining. Our expert stoneworkers can install granite pavers of any size or shape for your new patio.


6. Limestone is also water-absorbent and slip-resistant.

Custom limestone pool deck in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Formed for many years underneath the surface of the earth, limestone is a strong, water-absorbent, and slip-resistant stone, making it another good choice for pool decks and patios. The stone can be gray, brown, white, yellow, or blue.

It can handle heavy equipment, which means you can place large patio furniture on it or other fixtures without worrying about the stone surface. This stone option is anywhere from $13-$20 per square foot.


7. Travertine is the most economical option for luxury patios.

Close up photo of travertine stone tiles in Encinitas, CA.

At just $4-$6 per square foot, travertine is definitely the most economical option for any luxury patio or pool deck. Travertine pavers are also beautiful and resemble marble, but this stone is formed differently from marble. Both are formed under high pressures and temperatures, but travertine is made in hot springs or caves whereas marble is created when limestone is subjected to pressure.


Ready to create your new luxury patio or pool deck area? Call us today.

When budgeting for your new patio, just remember that these prices are for the materials alone and do not include labor and time costs. If you are ready to create a new luxury patio or pool deck area, make sure to consult with an experienced landscape company such as Southwest Outdoor Services. Call us today at (858) 335-4650 to set up a consultation for your property in Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad, and the surrounding areas of California.