Pavers, I-Brick and Natural Pathways

Pathways can add charm to any yard or garden. Unlike walkways, which are often somewhat formal, and are designed more with function in mind than form, pathways all but invite people to take a leisurely stroll down them. Pathways are often found in garden areas but they can be placed just about anywhere your heart desires.

Pavers
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Design Flexibility
The many shapes, patterns, and colors of Concrete Pavers allow for design creativity, as well as delineation of pavement areas, such as parking lanes, cross walks, and intersections. The beauty of pavers adds value and visual appeal to any property. By adding flexibility not possible with rigid pavement, pavers can flow with existing landscaping to deliver beauty to any property.

Many Shapes and Colors
Suppliers stock rustic stone-like pavers to those that look like clay brick. Light colored pavers offer a cooler surface around patios and pool decks.


Initial Paver Installation Cost
Cost savings can be achieved for small and simple projects by a home owner installing the pavement themselves with the aid of a good DIY installation manual, usually provided by the manufacturer of the paver products. Generally, concrete pavers are less expensive than clay pavers, granite pavers or sandstone pavers. When considering maintenance and replacement costs, pavers offer an economical long-term alternative to other types of pavement.
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Paver Strength
Concrete pavers are extremely dense units which possess exceptional strength and durability, superior stability under severe loads, and are unaffected by the extremes of heat and frost.  Each unit has joints that allow for a small amount of movement without cracking. Factory made pavers last for decades.
Manufactured to tight dimensional tolerances, pavers are stronger than regular poured concrete surfaces and more durable than black asphalt. They can take more abuse and last for generations. A segmental paving system allows for expansion and contraction without producing surface cracks, unlike monolithic concrete surfaces and stamped concrete.

Easy to Repair
Remove and reinstate the same pavers with no ugly patches after repairs to the base or underground utilities. Asphalt, concrete, and stamped concrete can't make this claim. Pavers are low-maintenance and offer low life-cycle costs.

Maintenance

Stained or broken pavers can be easily replaced without patches. Dark colored pavers can help hide stains. Ants and weeds in joints can be prevented with sealers or herbicides. Pavers can be repaired by lifting the affected area, re-grading and re-compacting the base and bedding sand and reinstalling the same pavers. It is an inexpensive procedure that leaves no unsightly repair patches.
Pavers are easy to maintain. Regular sweeping and occasional rinsing are usually the most maintenance needed. For heavy soiling, pressure washing with appropriate clearing solutions (re-sanding of joints will be necessary) or a simple spot treatment with a brush, cleaner, water and some elbow grease will solve the problem.
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Winter Durability & Snow Removal
Snow can be plowed, blown or shoveled just like asphalt or concrete pavements. The chamfered (bevelled) edge of pavers will prevent you from catching an edge with the plow or shovel. Using de-icing products like salt or calcium chloride will not harm or pit the pavers. Electric or liquid snow-melting systems work well under concrete pavers, eliminating snow removal while reducing slip hazards. Smooth surface allows for easy snow removal. Pavers can be colored dark to help melt snow faster. Snow-melt systems can be installed to eliminate snow and ice removal. Concrete pavers resist deterioration of freezing and thawing cycles and deicing salts better than asphalt and better than ordinary poured in place concrete.

Weather Resistance

Pavers can be used in any climate and can be trafficked immediately upon compaction. The joints between the pavers eliminate the cracking common with traditional asphalt and concrete pavements.

Durability
Interlocking concrete pavers are a flexible system and allow for movement, they are almost indestructible, the pavement system moves in unison with the earths usual tendency to swell and contract over the long term thus avoiding any serious damage.

Versatility
Pavers can be applied in both residential and commercial settings, including surface coverings for driveways, parking lots, promenades, sidewalks, pool decks, patios, streets, golf cart paths and even roof gardens. Interlocking concrete pavers are a sensible and aesthetically attractive choice for all outdoor surfaces.

Safety
On both vehicular and pedestrian applications pavers have a non-skid surface even when the pavers are wet they are safe to walk or drive a vehicle over them.
Natural Walkways
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Slate & Rock Pathways

Slate Pathways are great esthetic and functional way to provide a path from one section of the yard to another. The stone varies in size and color adding that no two paths will look the same. The paths are set and compressed to hold their forms through the varying seasons.

Rock pathways are not as refined as most stone pathways but they do have their place in many landscaping designs. A pathway that has been formed from river rock is a beautiful, low maintenance path. It is generally very affordable as well.

A rock pathway starts by laying out the design. Because you will be smaller rocks, you can easily have curves in the path which will not be hard to fashion when you dump your rock.

Curves add character to a pathway, and they also help to make the pathway seem longer than what it really is. A good way to get an idea of the possible curves that you might want to add to path is to use a garden hose as your marker. Simply put the hose on the ground, form it as you like, and if you do not approve of what you see, make changes to the curve. Once you have the design set to your liking, use a can of orange spray paint to mark the outline of the path.

Mulch Pathways
This is an easy project too and it feels wonderful underfoot. You can use various types of mulch to act as your pathway surface. Some common types include cypress, pine bark, and even wood chips. When putting in your mulch pathway remember you do not have to kill the weeds or grass with this project. The mulch will do that for you. You can buy mulch for less by buying it in bulk and having it delivered by dump truck to your home.
Paver Pathways
Using bricks or pavers to build your home's walkway adds an elegant touch to your home that concrete or asphalt cannot match. Plus, bricks are available in such a wide range of colors they can complement virtually any home's color scheme. Installing a brick walkway doesn't require the services of a contractor. With just rudimentary knowledge, a few rental tools and some hard work, you can install your own brick walkway.