Pave the way to a beautiful landscape!
Have you recently decided to spruce up your patio, walkway, or other landscaping pathway?
Instead of going the traditional route of using solid concrete or pavement, consider something a little more playful and unique by using pavers. There are various materials and styles of pavers that will bring your new design to life!
Concrete pavers are cheaper than other options, such as stone and brick, and are easy to install. You can purchase them in interlocking or architectural slabs.
Interlocking slabs are considerably thicker, and can be used in places that will support heavy weight such as driveways. There is not a lot of room for creativity, however, being that the pattern is usually very consistent.
The architectural slabs allow much more freedom in the way of design. They are much thinner, so they would only be able to handle the weight of foot traffic, not large vehicles. One benefit of using pavers over poured concrete is the simplicity of repairs. If concrete cracks and needs a repair, you would have to replace the entire driveway or pathway. If one slab cracks, it is very easy and inexpensive to throw out the broken slab and replace it. The good news is, you will not typically see these pavers crack due to freezing temperatures.
There are a few cons to concrete slabs. As the surface begins to wear, the color may change. They do absorb materials such as oil fairly easily. Pavers, in general, could present a weed problem when there are gaps available for them to grow in.
Brick pavers will certainly hold their color a great deal longer than concrete. They are more expensive, but brick is highly durable and will last years.
There are numerous colors, finishes, and shapes for you to choose from. Due to its abrasive natural texture, brick is slip-resistant! Brick is made from a clay collected from the earth’s soil, so it offers an eco-friendly option as well. The maintenance is very easy when it comes to brick pavers. They do not damage easily, but if they do, they are quite easy to replace. Since brick is a more expensive type of paver, it will be harder to find and replace broken pieces. If the specific brick you used has gone out of production, you may be forced to replace the entire path.
Stone is a reliable option that is sure to delight.
Stone is probably one of the most versatile options of pavers you will find. There is cobblestone, bluestone, flagstone, and more. You will have a lot of design possibilities with stone. Stone is also quite durable and strong. It can handle heavy weight and is low maintenance. Along with brick, stone adds value to your home. They are a nice, eco-friendly option just like brick.
A potential downside is that stone is fairly expensive, compared to other paver options. They do have a tendency to absorb water, which can result in the stone cracking. Because the stone is natural, the color can vary. This can look beautiful to some landscapers, but if you are looking for a more uniform look, stone may not be for you.
Design Your Pavers
Once you have done your research, start laying out your design! Begin by measuring the area you will be working with and figuring out a budget.
It is recommended to add a little wiggle room to your budget, just in case any extra costs arise. Most pavers are fairly easy to install yourself, but you can also hire a professional to install them for you. Here are a few tips to get you started!
You will want to start with a level surface and pack it down. Remember to pack it multiple times, just to be safe. One way to avoid weeds when putting down pavers is to lay down a landscaping cloth. While you want it to be level, be sure to keep drainage in mind! Keep your gaps minimal. This will keep your slabs from moving, losing their shape, and discourage weeds from slipping through. If there are any gaps between your slabs or bricks, pack them in! When you purchase your pavers, it would not hurt to buy a few spares just in case some break or another unforeseen circumstance pops up.
Pavers are a wonderful alternative option to pavement or poured cement. In general, they can be cheaper and require less maintenance. You can customize them and make your own unique design. Depending on what type of paver you select, it could be a better option for the environment as well. Will you be choosing pavers for your next project?