It is common knowledge that the global pandemic created a boom in household renovations. Yet lesser known is the similar impact it had on landscaping and gardening. If you have decided to overhaul your outdoor areas, do you know what options are available for your driveway or patio?
One easy solution is to lay pavers. Read on we discuss the paving materials you can use for your brand new project.
Brick pavers are made from clay, the same substance as building bricks. Clay is placed in molds then baked in a large kiln. These bricks are then set as driveway paving.
Using bricks as a form of floor covering has been around for a long time. This gives the property a timeless look, evoking classicism yet managing to stay fresh and modern.
As bricks can come in a wide range of colors and textures, they are ideal for fitting in with the existing aesthetic of a property. Arrangements can be done in a wide range of patterns, creating mosaic-like effects. Permeable pavers are also available to allow water to drain off.
If this was not enough, this natural material is one of the more eco-friendly choices. As well as being durable, it can be reused, cleaned, and relaid if needed. The only real downside is that the products weather over time, but even this can create a desirable, characteristic look.
Concrete pavers come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. The most popular are the large, square stones you see in public spaces. Designed to replicate natural stone, they are a fraction of the cost.
One other attraction for people is the ease with which they can lay. Cutting them is straightforward, so they are ideal for multi-levels and areas that have odd shapes or winding decks. The process to create them is also more intensive than that of poured concrete, making them more durable.
Concrete pavers do come with a few downsides. Cracking and weathering occur over time and colored pigmentations will fade. Regular maintenance and sealing should take place or they will have a short lifespan.
Flagstone is one of the most beautiful types of pavers, though it comes at a cost. It is a natural stone that needs to be mined and shipped. All of that pushes up the price.
For this cost, you do get a striking natural rock. As it is natural, the pieces are not uniform and need to fit together like a jigsaw. Typically, they come in grey, red and brown colorations that look great when themed with the property’s surroundings.
Rough textures provide an organic non-slip surface. Though thinner than concrete pavers, it is more durable.
The downsides are that uniformity is quite hard to achieve with flagstone. Colors will change slightly, as will shapes.
Porcelain is a relatively new material to the paving world. Formed in a similar method to clay bricks, it is more well known for being used in wall tiles and teacups. It does have a wide range of properties that are making it attractive to homeowners for outdoor flooring.
On one hand, it is extremely durable, weather-resistant, and non-porous. Porcelain does also not need to have the traditional bone-white appearance. It can be created to resemble a range of stones at a fraction of the cost.
You will find many porcelain pavers around pools and in areas where water splashes may occur. Their only downside is they do not age well in frosty conditions. When you suffer harsh winters or are in an elevated area, they may not be for you.
Rubber pavers are an extremely modern yet unique choice for your paving. They have non-slip qualities, do not absorb water, and are eco-friendly. As they can come in a wide range of styles and colors, it is easy to theme them in a landscaping project.
These pavers have an excellent shock absorption quality about them. For those who have children or who want to play sports, then they are a great choice. They can lay over existing patio surfaces if you want to transform them into a family-friendly space.
Their only downside is that their lifespan is not yet known. However, as they are from recycled materials it still is one of the most environmentally friendly choices.
Travertine is a natural and ecologically sound substance. It is a sedimentary rock similar to flagstone, limestone, and granite. As it is mined in the same way it is expensive but still cheaper than marble with a similar, luxurious finish.
Its properties make it very desirable as well. If you live in sunny climates, then it insulates heat so won’t get scolding hot in the summer months. UV will not fade or discolor it either. Different colors and tones are available to fit with any garden or yard.
The only downside is that it stains easily with acidic substances. When you are creating a patio with an outdoor cooking area, other materials may be more suited. Laying it is a backbreaking job as it is heavy, meaning a DIY installation requires some work.
Sourcing Paving Materials
When sourcing paving materials, it pays to shop around. Not all materials are created equal so don’t always go for the cheaper option. It is better to set a budget and speak with experts who may be able to help.
Seasonal Landscape Solutions should be your first stop. We have a range of services for your garden and yard. Contact us here to discuss your needs and let us help you landscape starting today!