RESIDENTIAL PAVING STONES

Application of paving stones

residential paving stones

Paving stones are popular among property owners. These materials are used in different spots in the landscape and outdoor areas to fit different styling specifications and design requirements.

Paving stones are also used in retaining walls, pavements, and other surfaces in public and commercial areas. They come in different colors such as blue, pink, black, gray, red, yellow, green, and much more. There are also several patterns like circular, parquet, herringbone and stretcher bond. Some shapes available are circle, octagon, diamond, oblong, square, rectangle & many others. By combining the shapes, colors, & patterns, you can achieve specific themes like Old World, contemporary and avant-garde.

Paving Stone Applications

Here are some of the places where you can use paving stones:

  • Driveways – With the right combination of shapes, finishes, and sizes, your driveway can be made functional, safe and pleasing to the eyes.
  • Walkways – Your paving stone will not only be attractive in your walkway, it is also durable and will help avoid slippages.
  • Pool Decks – With the right texture of your paving stones, it will avoid slip-and-fall accidents.
  • Garden Steps – Whether it’s a blog or a small garden, adding paving stones to your landscape will add more attraction.
  • Outdoor Living Areas – Paving stones are also used to build gazebos, kitchens, fire pits, fireplaces and sitting walls.

Types of Paving Stone MaterialsIn choosing the right paving stone for your project, it is best to check what materials will work best for you. Some other factors are the cost, and how long the stone will last against wear and tear. Here are the different paving materials you can choose from:

In choosing the right paving stone for your project, it is best to check what materials will work best for you. Some other factors are the cost, and how long the stone will last against wear and tear. Here are the different paving materials you can choose from:1. Sandstone

1. Sandstone

Easier to cut than granite, and tough enough for paving installation. They are widely available too. Sandstone is your excellent all-around choice!

2. Gravel

Gravel is great if you are on a limited budget. They are easy to install and provides attractive texture on informal landscapes. If you want a softer look on your paths and patios, gravel can provide that.

Gravel can become weedy, so you need to be on top of it when it comes to weed removal.

3. Slate

These stones are great for cold climates and are deep in color. They are often used as a flagstone, because of its unique texture and subtle color palette. Slate is easy to shape into flat pieces. They flake and chip if used in areas that have frequent rain.

Because it isn’t affected by acid, you can place slate in the garden without a sand bed.

4. Granite

In terms of strength and durability, nothing beats granite. Its elegant design makes it great for formal outdoor spaces and is often sold by cubes or brick shaped pieces called sets (or setts). Its toughness makes it difficult to quarry and work, so it makes it pricey. The same toughness makes it last a lifetime.

Granite has a huge color range from light to dark gray, honey, yellow, pink, orange, and red, with and without spots and blotches.

5. Limestone

They are great stones for warm areas as they can reflect heat. They also bring brightness to shaded areas, lightening them up. Limestone’s fine texture makes it easy to cut into all sorts of decorative shapes, pale gray, off-white to grayish white.

6. Poured Pavers

Poured concrete is one of the most flexible. They can be sculpted, textured or inlaid with other materials to suit your taste. They are affordable, easy to install and easy to maintain.

7. Bricks

Bricks are handy in size and uniform shape works well with plants and the outdoors. They also have a classic style and works well in all climates. Bricks vary in strength and resistance to elements, so make sure to choose the type that suits use in paving.

They also work well with many other hardscapes, and you’ll often see it in wood decks and other paving materials.

Bricks can withstand extreme heat, are resistant to chlorine and are slip-resistant. You can also create cool patterns to make a functional yet fashionable feature.

8. Travertine

Travertine works best for surrounding a pool. It is harder and less porous than limestone and is easier to maintain. It stays cool to the touch and makes a great poolside surface for bare feet.

9. Tiles

Tiles’ bold and funky features come in bright and rich colors, is also great for warm climates. Tiles can be tricky to maintain, so be sure to give it proper maintenance.

10. Precast Stones

Ordinary precast stones produce a surface with crisp, uniformly shaped units such as squares or brick-like rectangles in various sizes.

The beauty of precast paving stones is that they can stand alone on a sand or gravel base without mortar. They are small enough to be moved and set without special equipment. Some designs are ideal for permeable paving that complies with building codes.

Tips to Keep in Mind When Purchasing Paving Stones

The type of paving stones selected will have an obvious impact on the appearance or look of your area. It will also have a bearing on the cost, design, installation costs, wear and tear and several other factors. All factors need to be considered when choosing the appropriate paving stones.

  • Paving stones vary in price, availability, colors, shapes & sizes. The prices of the stones vary in every region, it depends on the quantity you need, and your nearness to the source.
  • To support foot traffic and weather beatings, a thickness of at least 2-inches each is best.
  • Rounded cobblestones and flagstones with polished finishes are slippery and may cause accidents.
  • Gray slabs weather better and are easy to maintain.
  • Creams only look lovely when clean.
  • Choose stones that are flat and can offer some grip and texture.
  • Check the stone’s color when wet. A honey-colored granite may turn into a lurid yellow when wet.
  • Your stone should link with the style of your house.
  • Determine how the foot traffic’s going to be, and also the weight that it has to endure.
  • Determine how your preferred stone will stand against the worst climate.
  • To make an area feel larger, choose light colored stones because they reflect light.
  • Dark-colored stones will feel smaller because they absorb light.
  • Check the area in bright sunlight, filtered sunlight and even at night. Shaded areas will work best with light colored stones.
  • Consider how hot paving stones may get.
  • The stones should match the color of your roof. Matching hues will tie colors together.
  • Smooth surfaces work best with areas that have frequent traffic.
  • Rough or jagged surface stones are great for areas where people are not always walking.
  • Textured stones have more color variation.
  • Ask for a free sample to have a look and feel of the stones they have available.
  • Consider the durability of your desired stone. Is it ideal for outside use?
  • Also, consider suitability. Is it suitable to use beside the pool?
  • Don’t be afraid to ask a specialist. They may be able to make some suggestions for you.
  • Cheap doesn’t always mean affordable. To ensure longevity and good quality stones, buy the best value your money can buy.

 

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