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Black Mexican Beach Pebbles
Category Landscape Rock
With their rounded shape and matte appearance, Mexican beach pebbles make a gorgeous addition to any landscape. They’re popular for everything from walkways to flower beds to xeriscapes. However, before you choose Mexican beach pebbles, it’s important to consider their potential temperatures. Here are some important things to know about whether Mexican beach pebbles get hot. 

Mexican Beach Pebbles Absorb Heat

The first and most important thing to know about Mexican beach pebbles when it comes to temperature is that they’re a type of stone that can absorb heat. In most instances, this simply means they gather some of the heat from direct sunlight. 

Compared to other materials like concrete or asphalt, Mexican beach pebbles are usually slightly cooler to the touch. Most people say they can comfortably walk across Mexican beach pebbles even after they’ve been sitting in the sun. They’ll be warm to the touch, but they usually won’t be burning hot. Furthermore, they won’t damage nearby plant life. The stones don’t get hot enough to cook plant roots, and since they aren’t very reflective, they won’t scorch leaves, either.

Mexican Beach Pebbles Aren’t Safe to Use in Fire Pits

Due to their heat absorption properties, Mexican beach pebbles aren’t safe to use in a fire pit. As the fire burns, they get hotter and hotter. Eventually, the beach pebbles become so hot they can become volatile. There have been reports of Mexican beach pebbles in fire pits exploding due to extreme heat. Even if they don’t explode, they’ll become hot enough to burn you if you touch them. Therefore, it’s best to only use these stones in areas where they won’t be in direct contact with high heat.

Normal Heat Won’t Damage Mexican Beach Pebbles

Unlike what’s common with some other types of landscaping materials, heat isn’t a huge cause of concern for Mexican beach pebbles. Though these stones do get warm, the temperature doesn’t affect them much. Even in very strong sunlight or on very hot days, they aren’t likely to crack. The all-natural material doesn’t degrade, crumble, or deform in heat. Mexican beach pebbles, including white pebbles, are very resistant to fading, so high heat won’t make them change color drastically.

Temperature Varies Greatly Based on Beach Pebble Color

Mexican beach pebbles tend to have natural color variations. Some are more of a pale dove gray or light buff shade, while others are dark charcoal gray or even black. The darker the beach pebble, the warmer it will get. This happens because dark pebbles such as black polished pebbles absorb more UV rays, while light colors reflect more UV rays. Fortunately, this property makes it easy to adjust the temperatures of Mexican beach pebbles. If you’re concerned about heat but want to use Mexican beach pebbles, all you need to do is select a batch with a lighter color. 

No matter what type of landscaping project you’re planning, decorative rocks, stones, or beach pebbles can add immense depth, character, and beauty to it. When you’re ready to get started on your landscaping plan, reach out to the experts at RS&P Rock Stones & Pebbles, a premier provider of river rock, Mexican beach pebble, and a wide variety of decorative stones. To learn how we can help you create the landscape of your dreams, call us today.

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