When it comes to putting a new patio or sidewalk in your backyard, you can’t go wrong with pavers.
Pavers – or slabs – offer homeowners an attractive, durable solution to creating pathways in places with heavy pedestrian traffic.
But like any home improvement project, adding pavers or slabs requires research and preparation. Ready to begin your search for Bucks County pavers and slabs? Here’s what you need to know.
1. The right paver for the right climate
Not every material will work in every climate. For example, bricks are extremely porous, and can deteriorate faster than concrete in regions that see a lot of heat, wind or rain. The more moderate your climate, the better off you’ll be with choosing brick.
It’s not just wind and rain damage you need to consider. If you know your pavers or slabs will be exposed to the sun, you’ll need to choose a stronger material like stone or concrete. More delicate materials like limestone will degrade after sun exposure.
If you really, really like the look of brick or limestone and live in a place that sees harsher weather, that’s fine. Just be prepared to include an “annual paver replacement” line item to your household budget.
You can also give your pavers a twice-yearly sealant application to protect against damage. And of course, if the area you want to pave is covered by a roof, you won’t need as durable a material.
One last note about paver material: you should also consider the make of the things around your pavers as well. For example, if you have outdoor furniture made of wood, it will pair well with brick, creating a nice, cozy feel.
2. The shape of your pavers
The width of the space where you’ll be installing pavers and slabs will help you figure out the shape of the pavers that will work in your yard.
If you have a narrow yard, wider pavers will make your space seem even smaller. And if you have a bigger yard, installing smaller pavers will take a lot of time (and thus cost a lot of money).
Homeowners with larger backyards can make things easier on themselves – or their contractors – by spacing their pavers and putting plants, wood chips or gravel between them. Just note that the pavers may shift after some time as they won’t be packed together.
From there, look at your yard and your house. If you see a lot of angular shapes, for example, you may want to choose standard brick pavers.
But be realistic. The more exotic the shape of your pavers, the more you’re going to spend. Consult with a Bucks County pavers supplier to see what the cost of installation will be before deciding on an elaborate paver shape.
3. The color of your paver
Will your Bucks County pavers be exposed to a lot of sun? Choose a more muted color. The sun will cause colors to fade as time goes by, turning vivacious blues into blander greys. If you know your pavers will be spending a lot of time in the sun, opt for a more muted color. And once again, applying a sealer to your pavers a few times a year can prevent sun damage.
Have further questions about installing pavers and slabs on your property? Woodward Landscape Supply can help.
We carry pavers and slabs from trusted manufactures such as Techo Bloc and EP Henry and can work with you to determine which type of Bucks County pavers or slabs are right for your property. Visit our website, or come see us in person, and we’ll help you get started.