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Choosing outdoor pavers for your landscaping needs is a highly cost-effective option. This is especially true when you compare the visually stunning finish you get to the bland flat finish of grey concrete. Choosing and selecting the type of pavers to use for a project can be quite daunting especially if there are many different types of outdoor pavers available in the market today. The first thing you have to think of is the type of material needed for a project. There are clay brick pavers stone pavers concrete pavers rubber pavers and grass pavers. These are the common types used for commercial and residential landscaping projects. The color the shape the pattern or design as well as the pavers to be used on the needed application are the details that you have to consider as well.
Manufactured to tight dimensional tolerances pavers are stronger than regular poured concrete surfaces and more durable than black asphalt. They can take more abuse and last for generations. A segmental paving system allows for expansion and contraction without producing surface cracks unlike monolithic concrete surfaces and stamped concrete. Remove and reinstate the same pavers with no ugly patches after repairs to the base or underground utilities. Asphalt concrete and stamped concrete cant make this claim. Pavers are low-maintenance and offer low life-cycle costs. Stained or broken pavers can be easily replaced without patches. Darker colored pavers can help hide stains. Ants and weeds in joints can be prevented with sealers or herbicides.
Natural Stone pavers are quarried stone which are cut to the right size. Generally these pavers are laid end to end which does require more labor time. There is little maintenance needed and the stone pavers will last a lifetime. On a per square foot basis most stone pavers will cost $10.00. If you choose unusual or rare stones the cost could be up to $30 per square foot. Concrete pavers are colored at the manufacturer and may fade over time. To prevent this the pavers can be cleaned and sealed. Concrete pavers are priced at $5 to $10 per square foot and are installed for an additional $5 to $10 per square foot. Sand-set is an economical installation method. Soil and gravel layer compaction is necessary for stability.
Keep in mind that its often quite easy to create patterned effects on a driveway when you use paving bricks. Choosing two complementary colours and creating a border effect can help to form a bit of a frame around your driveway area. Its also possible to create smaller patterns of opposing coloured bricks in the centre of a larger driveway. The paving used for pathways is often not as thick as those used for traffic areas. These usually come in a 40mm thickness. Its usually quite easy to match your pathways to whatever colour scheme youve chosen for your driveway. This helps to tie in your outdoor landscaping features into a matching theme which enhances the look of your home.