Aceline Kari Bernier Outdoor Paver June 18th, 2018 - 10:11:42
Each year we make one major improvement to our home which will enhance its beauty or improve on maintenance time from us. We always look for things that will increase the re-sale value of our home when that time comes. Balanced with this are eco-friendly considerations for our neighborhood and city. Our driveway is the current project. We have already ruled out asphalt and poured concrete. Both have the potential to crack and give a negative eye-appeal and possible hazard for tripping. They are not the best eco-friendly structures. Solid surfaces let the rain water run down carrying leaves and other debris into the street and sewers.
Concrete pavers are 100% manufactured material. It is made with two ingredients. Cement and aggregate. It can be manufactured and produced to withstand any kind of harsh weather conditions and endure high or low traffic areas. It is available in different styles for different applications. Concrete pavers are made to look and resemble natural stone at a fraction of a cost of real stones. These pavers are commonly used for those on a tight budget but want to have the look and feel of natural stone. There are different colors to choose from. Dyes and pigments are added during the manufacturing process to produce these different colors.
When you embellish basic concrete by adding color or perhaps adding aggregate for texture you are adding to the overall cost but remember you still have the risk of cracking. Innovation is Improving with Paver Technology The styles and shapes now available in the market give the designer a lot of flexibility to emulate the appearance of natural stone. Travertine quarries have even created cut travertine stones that are typically 6" x 12" and thick enough to be used in lieu of concrete type pavers. Other natural stone is not conducive to being cut in this fashion. But travertine pavers are also popular for the application where a natural stone is preferred and the budget is a bit higher than for concrete pavers.
Concrete pavers cannot compete with real stone such as travertine flooring or random flagstone but it is considered because of several factors. Lets see why concrete pavers are indeed so popular and why the manufacturers are coming out with more and more variations on the basic design. Pavers come in a variety of patterns textures and colors from contemporary patterns to combinations of units that mimic European cobblestone. Because they are molded texture can be created to not only resemble a brick but a rounded stone or even a piece of cut flagstone. Pavers are generally smaller units and can be laid to follow the terrain. They can be installed directly on the contours of the land. If you have a driveway that dips down and then slopes back up pavers will look natural over the topography. There is no need to have level sections such as when using wood.