Walkways, patios, and driveways lead to the garage and main door, and their beauty can turn a mundane house into an inviting home. Thin and flat stones are laid down in attractive designs and colorful patterns, and pavers are a reference to both the stone as well as the artisan who fixes them on the floor or outdoor surface. There are different styles of paving, and discerning customers have the choice between classical and contemporary looks. The pavements are designed and built using various materials such as brick, concrete, tiles, wood, rock pebbles, and natural stone. The surface works are strong and eco-friendly, and they can also withstand the test of time, pressure or inclement weather.
Brick or Concrete
Bricks are naturally red-colored, rectangular shaped blocks that are made from baked clay, sand, and lime. The brick pavers are built in an eco-friendly manner, and they are very efficient in retaining their original color for longer periods of time. However, True brick surfaces are laid only using natural clay and they have the following benefits and disadvantages:
- The surface can withstand ultra-violet radiation much better than concrete covers.
- Brick resists staining and discoloration and has low cleaning or maintenance needs.
- Natural clay is a sustainable option as it can be salvaged, cleaned, reused, and recycled.
- Brick installations are very expensive and have limited number of sizes and colors.
- The material chips, cracks, and breaks under stress due to heavy traffic, ice or moisture.
Concrete is a Colorful Source of Paving
Concrete is a composite mix of water, cement and coarse aggregate made of gravel, crushed stone, sand, etc., Construction work and cement are inseparable, and experienced pavers and builders suggest the following advantages and flaws of this popular material:
- Concrete paving is less expensive and easy to build due to uniformity and precise cuts.
- The creative artisans can design countless sizes and shapes with multiple color options.
- Skillful specialists can cut stunning ‘stone’ styles and ‘brick’ looks on this hard surface.
- Color pigments in the material fade away sooner than expected in sunny regions.
- Requires sealing agents and maintenance works at regular intervals to retain color.
- The quality is greatly dependent on raw materials rather than skillful paving.
Pavers for Outdoors and Swimming Pools
Surfacing and stone pavements can greatly improve the outdoor spaces such as driveways, patios, pool side decks, and walkways. The exterior decor is an intricate design of facades, panels, lawn, lighting, flowers, artefacts, carvings, and art work.
Finely finished pavers and stylized floors accentuate the beauty and attract the attention of your family and fiends. The outdoor decor is subject to natural forces, and their design has to be a fine balance between durability and aesthetic satisfaction.
The paving and flooring adepts have the special skill of covering up flaws, cutting corners in a good way, and filling up gaps using concrete, brick, stone, or colorful tiles. The charming and textured pavements are appealing and they also facilitate walks, driving, and playful activities due to their solid foundation and surfacing.
Natural stone is hard, dense, and has a tremendous capacity to withstand the vagaries of time, weather, and heavy vehicular traffic. Granite pavers, for example, are harder than the hardest concrete and their higher expense is easily offset by unbeatable longevity.
In the end, the hard surface material increases the market value of the housing estate, and it also blends well with the natural landscaping, lawn, or garden in the vicinity. The installation is tedious, but the benefits in the form of beauty, appeal, and toned look can be reaped for life times.
Written by Kate Westall. Kate is a a freelance writer and a professional blogger, who enjoys enlightening others about unknown and little known facts. She loves to write on all general and professional topics like pavers, home improvement, kitchen, etc.. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
Edited by Andrea Wexelblatt. Andrea is an editor out of Reno, NV. She is a mother to two wild little boys, a student, and a wife. When she isn’t editing text she enjoys spending time with her family in the Sierra Nevadas.