Paving: What You Need to Know

Paving

Paving is described by Wikipedia as a stone or tile structure, the paving, which can serve as a floor or external feature… can be made of flagstones that are used for things like paving gardens.

History

Paving has been used for thousands of years. In fact, some roads and paths built by the Romans with tightly fitting pavers over a base aggregate, two thousand years ago still form the base for modern roads in parts of Europe. If nothing else, this tells us that they’re durable!

Today

Whilst we spend a lot of time and money on being creative on the inside of our houses, it won’t have the same impact if we neglect the exterior.

The outside of the house is what people see first. The idea that ‘first impressions count is a valid one. If your property has not been maintained and/or improved on the outside via considered landscaping, then it will detract from all your efforts on the inside. People will have that negative first impression which will be hard to overcome.

Likewise, people spend a lot of time in their yards, children are encouraged to get outside and do something physical rather than sitting in front of the PC. You’re more likely to enjoy spending time outside or entertaining if the backyard looks good.

Paved Areas

A big part of any landscaping or improvement is paving, be it a paved driveway, a paved edging to an existing driveway, a paved path, edging along garden beds, or a paved patio.

We have found that a lot of people are finding that maintaining a large lawn area is, not only time-consuming but more difficult with water restrictions. One way of cutting down on their lawn area is to have a paving feature that adds a bit of character to the yard as well as reduces the time and work involved in upkeep.

By utilizing one of a range of paving styles, you are able to create a unique paved area that will lift your yard. Your landscape advisor should be able to show you a range of styles from which to choose and suggest what would work best for what you are hoping to achieve.

Questions to Ask

Before beginning any paving project you need to answer a few questions, whether it be a paved driveway, a driveway border, a paving path, garden edging, a paved patio, or a bbq area. How big is the area to be paved? What color scheme are you after? What is the existing surface and how will you need to prepare it for the paving? Do you need to allow for water runoff? What about weed control? These are all important questions that need to be answered. Your paving professional will be able to help you answer these and other more technical questions.

Paving versus Concrete

If comparing pavers to concrete, consider that concrete can crack, break up, and stain, becoming unsightly and lowering the value of your home. Pavers, on the other hand, have a greater weight distribution and, should they ever crack or become stained, are so much easier to replace, with minimum cost to you.