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Aceline Kari Bernier Outdoor Paver June 09th, 2018 - 06:33:27
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.
Look at the transition. If you are paving an area of your home that links together the inside and the outside it is important that you choose a paver that will complement both these areas. You need to look at the texture feel and colour of each stone and compare it to the flooring inside your home. Think about maintenance. Different types of pavers will require different levels of maintenance and care. If you want a low maintenance option you would not choose a stone that requires resealing once a year and cleaning every weekend would you? Think about safety. Keep in mind that some pavers will be very slippery when wet but that this can often be counteracted with a special non-slip coating. If you fear that one particular stone may be a trip or slip hazard perhaps opt for another kind.
It is always best to look around and check the features of the property to make the decision-making easier. The best way to start the project is to match the existing materials. If you are having trouble deciding you can get advice from a contractor or a landscape designer. They can give the best advice on materials and refer possible contacts from landscaping suppliers. Different pavers suit certain applications so make sure that the materials needed are right for the said project. It will be a waste of money if the wrong type of pavers is installed.
Power wash brick paver areas using a 2700 psi power washer or greater. You may or may not need to use a paver cleaner during this process. Sweep joint sand into all the joints of the pavers and water down with a light spray from a garden hose. Sweep sand and water down a second time to ensure joints are full of joint sand. Once dry confirm joints are full with joint sand and move on to the next step. Having these joints completely filled and compacted will help maintain paver stability. Apply a joint stabilizing sealer on all the paver areas. The sealer hardens the sand which helps prevent water intrusion in the joints and insects digging through it! Follow the instructions of the manufacturer on how to apply sealer.