Patio Pavers near me – Facts to Know Before You Get Started
Posted On June 17, 2020
Patio-the word conjures up warm weather thoughts, sitting back in your lounge chair, sipping a cool drink, sighing relief and relaxing. It’s a spot where on Saturday night you can wile away the hours watching the grass rise or throw a barbecue. Making a patio in your yard creates a chance to really enjoy the comfort of the outdoors. Though you need to build yourself a patio before you can relax. This contributes to the question: How are you going to pave your new patio?If you would like to learn more about this, please check out Patio Pavers near me
The most important decision you need to make when you plan to pave an outdoor space is whether to use unit pavers, slab paving or crushed stone. (Using crushed stone or pea stone on top of a compact base is a viable third option if you’re on a strict budget and the patio won’t be used for entertainment.) Although pouring a concrete slab may seem the easiest thing to do, the advantage of using patio pavers is that they won’t crack like a concrete slab is likely to. The reason for the crack is because the earth below us is not locked in place. As the soil expands and contracts it moves. The most evident results of this cycle of expansion and contraction are the frost heaves. A solid slab is not flexible, and will crack unless it has installed expansion joints, like a sidewalk. The joints (spaces) between the unit pavers give your paved surface versatility. Unit pavers can be placed in designs that render your patio appear special and built to match your needs.
Patio Pavers come in a variety of shapes , materials and sizes. Bluestone, flagstone, bricks, and cobblestones are among the best and most popular choices.
Bluestone is a pretty but expensive paver for use in your patio. Bluestone usually comes in 10 x 14 inches or bigger regular units, and in thicknesses ranging from 1 inch to 2 inches. It has two basic finishes-natural thermal and cleft. Thermal is usually more expensive and has a smooth surface which may be slippery. In formal garden settings Bluestone looks fantastic.
Flagstone is a smooth cut stone, less costly than bluestone which comes in red , blue and brown colors based on where it was quarried. It’s a softer stone than bluestone and comes in irregular shapes. It’s kind of an old-fashioned material — used in the mid to late 20th century, in many walkways and patios. It was typically placed onto a concrete foundation and mortared, rendering it not quite eco-friendly.
Bricks are made of clay, and they are probably the most common kind of unit paver. Brick is warm in colour, and if you want to mix materials for your patio design, it can be nicely paired with bluestone or cobbles. Clay bricks are not uniform in scale and construction takes longer. You can even look to buying antique bricks to give a unique historical look to your patio. You must use outdoor-designed bricks, not masonry bricks, which tend to flake and crack when used as pavers in outdoors.
Cobblestones of granite, which we use a lot in New England, come in 3 different sizes and are most often used to edge brick and bluestone paving and/or create design accents within a brick or bluestone patio. They create a rather bumpy surface that is not so comfortable with furniture and high heels when used alone.
Concrete patio pavers now come in many new styles. Some are built to look like natural stone, but most of the ones I’ve seen just look hideous. There are uses for concrete pavers, they can be cheaper per unit than the others; and construction is easier, since they are uniformly made. Some are designed to interlock. I could propose concrete pavers for a driveway, but not a patio or a walkway.
A more exciting reason to use concrete pavers is because you can stain them with colour. This stainability can lead to very creative patio making. Right now, the latest trend for colored concrete patio pavers is to create “region rugs” from colored concrete unit pavers laid out to resemble a rug pattern. You may also award concrete for making shapes or imitate pavers for structures. I have a client who made a concrete driveway that was scored and stained to look like it’s made from gray granite and red brick. Wow! Just cool!