What is Stamped Concrete?

Stamped concrete is concrete that has been stamped with a special mold, giving it the appearance of stone or tile. Stamped concrete has become a great alternative to plain old poured concrete and an affordable choice for those looking for a stone finish. There are hundreds of different textures and patterns available to choose from, giving your patio or walkway the look of brick, slate, cobblestone, tile or even wood.

Stamped Concrete Entryway

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Tumbled Pavers – Get the Look and Feel of an Old, Stone Road

Whether you own a home built in a previous era, have an outdoor space that feels unique and vintage or just want to add a touch of old-world flair to your property, tumbled paving stones might be just what you’re looking for.

Large Estate with Tumbled Paver Driveway

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How to Stain a Deck

Whether you just installed a new wooden deck or your existing deck simply needs to be re-stained, following these simple steps will have it looking like new again. If you’re happy with the color of the wood, then a finish is all you’ll need. But if you’d like to change the appearance of your deck, a stain should be applied as well.

Wooden Pool Deck

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What is Flagstone?

Flagstone is a general term given to sedimentary rock used in paving and landscaping. Sedimentary rock is formed over time by strong pressure and heat, which forces together layers of small particles and creates a strong, dense mass. This formation is then split into thin sheets which we call flagstone.

Flagstone Pool Patio

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Permeable Pavers

Permeable Paving Stones with Running Hose

 

Even in Southern California, where rain isn’t a regular occurrence, storm run-off can still be a problem. With a common cement or concrete driveway, rainwater rolls down onto the street and into the storm drain. The rain carries with it things like grass, fertilizers, trash and other contaminates that go down into the drain.

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What are Grass Pavers?

Turfstone Driveway

If you have any kind of backyard driveway or grassed area that is used to park or store a vehicle, chances are the grass isn’t looking too good. The reason for this is that wheeled traffic will compact the soil to such a degree that it can no longer absorb the water and nutrients it needs to grow and survive.

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How to Replace a Paving Stone

Concrete Paver Blocks
Besides being an extremely durable and low-maintenance paving solution, one of the biggest benefits of using concrete pavers is that it’s very easy to replace individual stones if needed.
Unlike stones and bricks, which use concrete and mortar, paving stones are joined together with compacted sand. When dried, the sand forms a bond which is nearly as strong as concrete, but isn’t permanent. Read more…

How to Clean Your Patio

Paving Stone Patio

Having a backyard patio means having a space to entertain guests, spend time with the family and enjoy the outdoors. Keeping your patio clean and looking great isn’t hard to do, and routine maintenance will ensure you’ll be able to use it for years to come. Properly cleaning your patio depends on the material of the floor.

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How to Design a Pool Deck

With summer around the corner, your poolside will soon become one of the most used space in your home. Now is the perfect time to think about installing or upgrading your pool deck. For many years, pool decks had all been done in plain, poured concrete, but now there are many other options to choose from.

Paving Stone Swimming Pool
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Choosing the Right Paving Material

Whether you’re looking to repave your driveway, build a patio for your backyard or create your dream pool space, there are many paving materials to choose from. But which one is right for you and your project? Let’s look at the different kinds of paving materials and each of their advantages.

PPI Home

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