Beautifying Your Surroundings With Pavers

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Beautifying Your Surroundings With Pavers By Robert Winster

There is no denying the fact that pavers can definitely enhance the beauty of any building, be it a home or an office building. Pavers really are a good way to make any drab building or house more interesting. Good Placement for Your Pavers Pavers can be placed in a lot of strategic places to make an edifice more enchanting. For one, there are pavers that look like stones, which can be placed in gardens. This will definitely add spice to the plants and flowers planted in your garden. You can arrange them on the edges of your walkway to keep the plants in check, or you can place them in one area (under a big tree, for example) and place quaint chairs on it for a good relaxing space. These stone pavers will definitely give any garden a natural feel. Concrete pavers, on the other hand, can be your driveway. This will give your driveway a smoother surface. Also, it will be easier to clean up. There are also landscape pavers that are a very good idea if you want to make a little walkway to your door or to your pool area. You can plant little flowers along the edges, and when they all bloom, you walkway will surely be a delight to see. Benefits of Pavers Having pavers will give you a lot of benefits. For one, it minimizes soil erosion, thereby, help in preserving your landscape. When we experience heavy rains, it is natural that we see the soil erode. With good pavers, it will control that. Another benefit is the most obvious one of all. As stated above, your choice of pavers can enhance your surroundings. Choosing Your Pavers There are a lot to take into consideration when you choose your pavers. The most important of all is the price. There are different prices for different kinds of pavers, of course. Cement pavers are cheaper

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because they are more commonly used. Bricks as well as stone pavers are more expensive, with stone pavers the costlier of the two. You also have to take into consideration the installation costs of your pavers. If you are a very meticulous person, then you can do it yourself. But if you are sloppy in things like this, then get professional help. Do-It-Yourself Paving It really is not difficult to lay your pavers yourself. With the aid of the Internet, you can research about the many pavers out there as well as techniques on how to lay them down properly. First of all, before you lay your pavers, you have to have a good layout. It is not just about laying them on whatever surface that needs to have pavers because you have to have a plan. Make a drawing of what you want it to look like and incorporate in it the pattern you want. Secondly, you have to dig up the area where you will lay down your pavers and fill them up with gravel or crushed stones. This will serves as the base for your pavers. Make sure though that it is slightly sloped so as to allow water to drain. Then, you have to secure this by utilizing restraints like plastic or aluminum restraints. This will hold everything in place to minimize erosion. After you have put in your restraints, then it is time to pour the sand to even out the space before you lay your pavers down. Then, following your pattern, lay your pavers down gently so as to avoid cracking them. Make sure that you have laid them evenly onto the surface of the sand. You can use plate compactor for such activity. Finally, make use of a sealer to keep everything in place. This will also help preserve the integrity of your pavers. Robert Winster is a respected paving contractor. Visit his website Paving Land and learn more about paving: http://www.pavingland.com

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Swimming Pool Decking - What Paving Material Should I Use? By Susan Schlenger

Selecting a paving material for your pool decking is an important part of your pool design. However, what to choose can often be confusing. One of the main concerns is often budget. Of course that is always a concern in a landscape project, but with swimming pool decking it is particularly important because of the large amount of square footage that is typically involved. Concrete One of the least expensive materials is concrete. With a little creativity, concrete can be a good choice. Concrete can be scored into a geometric design. Scoring is the creating of lines in the concrete that can create a pattern. You can also add color to concrete. The color should be mixed into the concrete and it should blend well with your surroundings. Do not add color, such as a stain, to the concrete after it is poured, as it will not hold up well. When using concrete as your paving material, you may or may not use the same concrete for the pool coping material. The coping is the material that edges the pool itself adjacent to the rest of the paving. If you decide to have a concrete coping, there are a couple of different ways this can be done. The first is to run the concrete right up to the water's edge...a cantilevered coping. There is no break or border around the coping. The entire pool decking area, including the coping, appears as one material and looks unified. You can also have a concrete coping that resembles a border going around the pool. Here, there is a definite line which is typically a joint defining the coping from the pool paving. However, I prefer the cantilevered look. Another option is to use an entirely different material. You can use brick, stone or pavers as the coping. This creates a separate border around the pool in a different material and can look very nice. However, it does add on to the cost quite a bit. Stamped concrete is another paving option for your pool area. The problem I have with this, is that construction joints often run through the pattern, ruining the designs. Concrete Pavers Concrete pavers can also be used. There are many types available with various color choices and patterns. Pavers can be all one color or a blend of a few different colors. The latter is a nice look and gives a more natural appearance. When it comes to choosing a paver pattern, mixing different sizes can create an interesting design. You can also choose to use all one size, or just two sizes. The design can be laid parallel to the house or it can be laid on the diagonal. Diagonal patterns tend to make the area look larger.

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There is often a matching pool coping for the pavers you select. Paver pool coping has a rounded edge along the water side. Some pavers used for coping are four inches wide, resembling the shape of brick, while others are much wider. This availability will be determined by which paver you choose. Not all coping options are made for all pavers. Dark colored pavers can be hot on your feet. Lighter colors are cooler and work better for swimming pool decking. Travertine Pavers One of my favorite paving materials for pool paving is travertine pavers. They are more expensive than concrete pavers but their beauty and outstanding features are striking. Travertine is a natural stone. Travertine pavers are made from travertine stone that has been cut into shapes, similar to concrete pavers. Pavers have the advantage over travertine tile in that they are dry laid. Along with their beauty, a very strong reason for considering them is that they are cool on your feet. Your paving will never feel hot. Natural Stone Although I love bluestone, I would not recommend it because it can get very hot. However, there are other types of natural stone that can be used which do not get hot. Some of the granites are an example. Natural stone is usually set in mortar. This makes it your most expensive choice for a pool paving material. When selecting your swimming pool paving, remember that it is everything in the design that will make your landscape successful. The planting design, the design itself, and interesting garden features such as garden ornaments are all just as important as the paving material itself. Susan Schlenger is a Landscape Designer with a degree in Landscape Architecture. You can read more about paving materials for swimming pools at http://www.landscape-design-advice.com/swimming-pool-decking.html You might also be interested in learning more about http://www.landscape-design-advice.com/concrete-patio-designs.html

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