Expanding the personal and architectural style of your home to your outdoor areas requires some careful consideration and deliberation. The paving stones that grace your garden path, driveway, walkways, or patio are guaranteed to last for decades and must be chosen as carefully as you chose your outdoor furniture.
Although there exist an assortment of pavers for your patio, walkways, and driveways, the qualities of each material will allow you to select the best paver for your project:
Concrete pavers are created by pouring concrete into molds, adding dye to mimic natural stones or improve the visual appeal, and incorporating varieties of textures and finishes. These man-made pavers an adopt a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors.
Laying concrete pavers in different patterns forms focal points on your patio floor and your paving projects can be coupled fire pits, retaining walls and steps made from the same or complementary materials. There is an assortment of concrete pavers that allows the pairing of a perfect to any aesthetic style or theme.
Concrete pavers are individually and collectively strong, withstanding both the elements and the test of time. A concrete paving project can easily be cleared of snow and is almost maintenance-free asides from occasional replacement.
Natural Stone Pavers
Natural stones cover a wide range of materials from flagstone to granite and other types such as travertine. These pavers are carved from the earth, making them strong and more original than concrete pavers.
Each stone is unique and there are slight variations in color and can be incorporated into your design to add an organic beauty and personal touch to the area.
Natural stone pavers are timeless enough to thrive in contemporary designs while their rich earthly tones match with the surrounding landscape for a more rustic aesthetic. The several types of natural stone pavers differ in size, color, pattern as well as finish to build an endless variety of design possibilities.
These high-quality pavers are low maintenance pavers, involving regular sweeping and rinsing as well as the easy removal of snow. Traditional sources of natural stone pavers do absorb moisture readily, however, which can freeze during winter and cause cracks in the tile surface.
Porcelain Landscape Tiles
Porcelain landscape tiles are resistant owing to their high density and can be made even more impervious to water through the addition of a melted glass glaze. This property results in a further resistance to staining and discoloration, requiring little maintenance.
The jointing material between the tiles is vulnerable to humidity and moisture, however, and can be discolored by molds and mildew if not sealed. Porcelain landscape tiles tend to withstand fire and physical impact but individual tiles can easily be replaced in the case of damage. Although the installation of porcelain tiles can be time-consuming and costly, this long-lasting project will award your beautiful property with surging value and that will make up for whatever the installation has cost you.
Why not choose from these categories of pavers and make you’re surrounding a beauty to behold?
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