Designing With Driveway Pavers
As a homeowner, you’re often put in a position to make choices that will ultimately affect the value of your home. With the most common home improvement upgrades being made inside the home, often times, much needed repairs to the exterior of a home and its surroundings are often overlooked. So it’s no surprise when homeowners are asked about home improvements needed outside their home, the most common answers are:
- The house needs a new roof.
- The house needs to be painted
- The windows need to be replaced
- The lawn needs to be mowed.
In the grand scheme of things, this makes perfect sense and all are equally important. But, what about the ground your house sits on? Or the driveway and walkways you use every day to get into your home? And, how about the patio in the backyard used to entertain? Could they also use a face lift? Are they in dire need of repairs?
These are all good questions and, to be honest, they are the same questions an inspector asks when appraising your home. But which of these outdoor improvement projects is most likely to give you a higher return on your investment and bring more traffic to your open house?
That answer lies beneath your feet.
Adding a paver driveway, paver patio, and paver walkway sounds expensive. And when compared to concrete or asphalt, initially it will be. But if you compare the longevity of both, pavers actually are the better investment for the long-term. You will spend less in the long run and add big bucks to the overall value of your home.
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Don’t think you need any repairs to your surroundings outside your house? You might want to rethink it again. Take a moment to take a walk around the outside of your house and jot down what you notice. Here are some things you want to look for:
- Driveway, Steps, or Room Additions are Sloping and Sinking
- Cracks in Concrete Caused by Tree Roots
- Soil Piled Up Against the House
- Termites and Rot in the Paneling of your Home
- Tilted or Cracked Retaining Walls
- Step Cracks on Walls
- Puddles of Water that Drain to Nowhere
If any of the following signs were seen during your initial inspection, it might be time to call your local home improvement company. As a conscientious homeowner, you want your driveway, patio, walkways, or pool deck to stand up to the weather, require little maintenance, and look like new for a long time to come. You also want them to be cost-effective. That’s why the popularity of pavers (also referred to as “paving stones” and “brick pavers”) is sky-rocketing. The unrivaled beauty, easy upkeep, and long-term cost efficiency of properly executed paving stone installations are becoming more and more apparent to homeowners.
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Right about now you must be thinking, “What about Concrete, Stamped Concrete, or Asphalt? Why go with Pavers?” With so many reasons to list, we would have to say the biggest problems associated with concrete is that it too easy to crack and chip and the maintenance gets even worse when compounded with the addition of pattern and color. Patching cracks with regular gray concrete means creating unsightly scars, while trying to replace a cracked portion of concrete with a new piece that exactly matches in pattern and in color is nearly impossible. And above all, you will find yourself having to repair or replace it every 2-5 years.
Interlocking pavers solve all of the problems described above, and are appropriate for any paving application including patios, pool decks, driveways and walkways. Because pavers are individual units or “bricks,” the natural joints between each paver will “give” with pressure, expansion and contraction, eliminating the cracking inherent to conventional asphalt and concrete pavement.
Installed over a base of sand, pavers actually increase their structural capacity over time. With a minimum rating of 8000 psi, paving stones are one of the strongest paving materials, rivaled only by brick. However, unlike brick and other paving materials, paving stones often come with a lifetime warranty.
One of the biggest advantages of pavers is that if a repair ever does become necessary, pavers are manufactured to be uniform and can therefore easily be replaced without leaving ugly patches or scars.
Paving stones come in a wide variety of surface finishes, colors and shapes that will complement and enhance the architectural style of any home. Moreover, a skilled installer can create a variety of laying patterns, further expanding the customization possibilities.
The best way to stamp the image of your home into the minds of your visitors is to create a remarkable first impression. A welcoming walkway or a charming patio will capture the attention and interest of your visitors. To make the best selection that fits your personal needs, enlist the help of a professional.
If you’re considering replacing or adding a walkway, patio or driveway to your outdoor living area, contact the professionals at Hardscape Concepts. To schedule an appointment with an estimator for a free no-obligation quote, call us at (877) 410-3802.
Hardscape Concepts is a division of Builder Boy, Inc. Builder Boy has been servicing Southern California home owners in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area for over 20 years. We are regarded as the leader in the home construction and remodeling business and are recognized as the best construction company and general contractor for home improvement projects. We offer interior/exterior painting services, stucco, kitchen and bath remodel, custom cabinets, cabinet refinishing, cabinet refacing, interlock paving systems, stone walkways, concrete driveways, custom barbecue islands, custom fire pits, room additions, and storage solutions.