Pavers are wonderful for creating the perfect look for a backyard, driveway, garden or pathway in a house. Choosing the right paver stone to match the style and look of your home can be overwhelming but it is better to invest time in and go for the appropriate paver to avoid costly repairs later. Although pavers do not require too much maintenance, choosing the right paver stone to start off with can ensure even less maintenance.
Here are some tips on selecting the right paver stones so that your paved entertainment areas can
last for many years to come.
1. Select the right material
At the time of choosing the material for your pavers, you need to consider the weather conditions
they will be continuously exposed to. Different materials react differently to rain, heat and wind so
you need to choose pavers that work for your climate. It is recommended to use durable materials
like stone or concrete for exposed areas instead of something delicate like limestone because
although all types of pavers are vulnerable to erosion, delicate material such as limestone degrades
at a higher rate and need regular care. If the area you are paving is covered, the paver stone
materials not need to be as hardy and you can choose from a wider range. You can also re-seal a
paved area every few years to restore the shine.
2. Size matters
The size of your paver stones not only determine the look of the paved area but also help in avoiding
costly maintenance in future. If you have a large space, it is recommended that you use bigger sized
pavers and place plants, gravel, or wood chips between them to utilize the space but you must keep
in mind that the pavers may shift over time since they won't be packed tightly together. Similarly, for
narrower places use smaller pavers to avoid it looking too crammed up but make sure that the edges
are properly in place to guard against chipping or dulling.
3. Get in shape
Paver stones come in various shapes and selecting the right shape depends on your preference. If you want to go for rounded shapes, you may want to use circles, spirals, or scalloped edges or if you like angular shapes, simple brick pavers will work as will octagons and pentagons. Irrespective of the shape, it is important that the stones are sealed together to avoid cracking. It is hard to check and predict cracks in paver stones but with regular inspection especially before the start of winter season, you can certainly prevent increasing the damage. Often, cracking in pavers is caused by weeds that begin to grow in pre-existing cracks and loose joins so it’s also a good idea to clean pavers regularly and remove any soil or visible plants to avoid further damage.
4. Shade or Sun?
The exposure to sunlight is a factor to be taken into account when selecting the colour of paver
stones. Long exposure to sun not only breaks down the material, but also causes fading over time,
dulling down once vibrant colours. Therefore, it is recommended that you go for neutral or natural
shades for outdoor open areas. It is also a good idea to opt for painted or coated paver stones
instead of dyed ones as replacing colour may be easy.
In the end, pavements and entertaining areas are meant to enhance the beauty and comfort of your
home! Selecting the most apt paver stones and maintaining properly would mean that you spend
more time enjoying the area than labouring in it. If you have any doubts about how to choose the
best pavers or maintain them, call us at Pietra Gallery and talk to an expert.