One of the most common misconceptions that we hear from those of you who are shopping for materials for your patios and walkways is that the price differential between natural stone and concrete pavers is forcing you to consider the pavers only. You perceive that the price gap between the two materials is large enough that you believe you should not even consider natural stone in your construction plans for it will not fit into your budget.
At Stone Distributors we are here to tell you that that this widely-held belief is often incorrect. Always incorrect? No. But often, yes.
Now, your probably thinking to yourself, “Of course the folks at Stone Distributors are going to say this… getting their customers to buy natural stone helps their business much more than buying Pavers.”
Yes. On the one hand, it is better for our immediate bottom line if you walk off our lot with a purchase of the natural stones to build into your patios and walkways. However, the revenue generated by your purchase is NOT the most important reason for us to change your perception on natural stone versus Pavers.
In the overall grand scheme of our business, doing everything in our power to make you a happy customer who turns into a long-term, valued, loyal client is far more important than the relatively small amount of profit we make on any one purchase. The truth is, our #1 priority is your satisfaction; not just for today, but for the long term.
Why? Because we plan on being here for a long time. And we know that our future depends largely on your long-term satisfaction with your overall experience with us. Not only from the “sugar high” you get from working with us today, but the loyalty that comes from us sharing our knowledge and experience with you each and every time you walk onto our lot.
How does that relate to today’s topic of natural stone vs. pavers for your stone project? How can we state to you that the price differential between natural stone (like the Fieldstone steppers in a shipment we received this week that you see pictured here) and Pavers is rarely so large that you should not even consider the natural stone?
Because we realize that your decision on materials, just like every other part of your project, needs to take into consideration all the factors that are important to you. Not just for today, but for the long term. How are you going to feel when you look at that finished project in a year? 5 years? 10 years, or even longer?
Realize that I along with the rest of my team are here to help you save money… but even more importantly, we want you to be happy IN THE LONG TERM.
What are your priorities in planning and executing your project?
This is the single most important question that we ask you, and every single customer who walks onto our lot looking to take on a stone or landscaping project. Your responses to this multi-part question help us to lead you to the answers you are looking for… the answers that give you the best chance at having a finished project that meets or even exceeds your expectations. Not just immediately upon finishing the project, but long into the future.
What information are we looking for from you?
- What is your budget?
- What Aesthetics do you desire? Meaning, how do you envision the end result? This is a very important piece when deciding what materials you are going to use?
- How easy do you want/need the job to be?
- How much time are you allotting for the job to be done, from start to finish? Is your time frame realistic?
- Are you wanting to do this as a DIY project, or are you looking to hire a contractor to do the work?
- If you are looking to do this as a DIY project, are you being realistic that you can successfully execute each step of the entire project yourself?
Answering these questions not only helps us to guide you on your best path forward, but it also serves to help you focus on exactly what the pieces are that you need to successfully complete your project puzzle. Your answers also serve to help you to understand why natural stone may indeed be the better material, instead of pavers, to successfully complete your stone or landscaping project.
Are you in the process of figuring out if natural stone or Pavers are the right choice for your stone or landscaping project? Then come on into Stone Distributors today and talk to one of our experts. We love to help you turn your vision of the beautiful patio, walkway, wall or rock garden into stunning reality! We stock a large variety of of Flagstone, Fieldstone, Garden Boulders, Cobblestones, River Rock and Ruble Strips in stock in addition to a wide assortment of landscaping materials right here on our 5-acre lot. And if we don’t have it but can get it for you, we will.
Contact us at (678) 354-0566 or by visiting us online at https://www.stonedist.com or on our Stone Distributors Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stonedist/. We are open NORMAL HOURS at this time: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed on Sundays.