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How to Choose the Right Paving Material

By Whirl Construction (435 words)
Posted in Retaining Walls/Pavers on January 18, 2016

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Choosing a new paving material for your outdoor area can be a testing time. There are so many different types of pavers out there it can be hard to figure out just where to start. You want something that looks good, stands the test of time, and doesn’t cost the ends of the earth too.

If you’re currently a little overwhelmed in where to start when choosing the right paving material we’re here to give you a little bit of a head start in your search. Here are the main considerations you will need to take into account when choosing your new pavers.

What’s your budget?

What you will need to think about first is, of course, price. The pavers you choose will need to fall within your budget. But you’ll also need to think about the ongoing costs of the material chosen. Poured concrete may be the cheapest choice, but if it develops cracks you will need to spend money on repairing them. Limestone and granite look amazing but are very pricey.

Natural stone or concrete?

Natural stone pavers come in at a higher price than concrete pavers. They’re also a little more aesthetically pleasing generally, as they contain all the imperfections in natural stone that would be impossible to repeat in man made materials.

Which color to choose?

Natural stone pavers can come in many colors, especially in its sandstone and bluestone variants. These are generally natural colors and sure to fit in with the color scheme of the surrounding areas or garden. Concrete pavers are available in even more of a variety of colors, since you can add dyes to the concrete so the color is baked in when set.

What size pavers?

Pavers also come in all sorts of sizes! From tiny stones to large slabs, which you choose is up to you. As a general rule of thumb, pavers will be less expensive the smaller they are – especially in natural materials. Depending on the material used, larger pavers may be more slippery as a surface to walk on. Large granite pavers wouldn’t be a clever choice around a water feature for this reason. This is also true where small smooth pavers are joined together with no visible gaps. Smaller natural stone or concrete pavers with a small space in between them may be a better choice for little feet.

We hope that we’ve been of some assistance in the search for your perfect pavers. All it takes is a little bit of research to figure out which one is best for your outdoor area.

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