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The journey to a great looking home can begin with a single step-along a new walk or stairway. Here are some stylish ideas for sprucing up the paths, patios and driveways around your place.
If your walkway seems more like an obstacle course or labyrinth it might be time to replace it. First choose a style that suits both your house and your own sensitivities. Owners of older homes may opt for a more traditional and muted design while those in newer developments may desire a more contemporary look. Your walkway should also reflect your personality and creativity so it's important
to select building materials well suited to that purpose.
One of the most versatile and customizable options is interlocking concrete pavers. Made with high strength, durable concrete, each unit locks together to form a surface that's not only visually attractive but also withstands the elements. Homeowners may be glad to know pavers resist deterioration from freeze-thaw cycles and deicing salts better than other surfaces.
For many homeowners, however, it's the vast array of colors, shapes, sizes and textures that make concrete pavers a popular option for any project that demands character and personality. You can get rustic stone-like pavers, or others that look like clay brick. Light-colored pavers can provide a cooler surface around patios and pool decks. One of the newest styles offers the high-end look of stone for a surprisingly modest price. These "tumbled" or "cobble" pavers as they're called can create a refined and elegant walkway.
The key thing now is "curb appeal." Such appeal isn't just about your lawn, trees, shrubs and flowering plants, though - these days you'll want to consider popular hardscapes within your walkways, sweeping arches, full kitchen areas and barbecue pits, elongated patios and decks, elaborate backyard retreats and gazebos, and more. The stakes have been raised.
When considering walkway, patio or driveway materials, it's a good idea to look for materials that...
- Don't crack. Unlike asphalt or poured-in-place concrete, each interlocking paver unit has joints that allow for movement without cracking.
- Are easy to repair. You can remove and reinstate the same pavers with no ugly patches after repairs to the base. Asphalt, concrete,
and stamped concrete can't make this claim.
- Present no problems with snow removal. With pavers, you can plow, shovel or use a snow blower.
- Come in many shapes, colors and textures.
- Are made by a regional concrete manufactures to save money on shipping costs.
Belgard Architectural Products Group offers a full line of concrete pavers to fit the style of any home. You can learn more about Belgard pavers or find a certified Belgard installer by contacting us online at www.belgard.biz.