If you are dead set on improving the look of your house or to give your driveway a complete overhaul, you cannot ignore the outdoor pavement. Sometimes it may be already worn out or maybe it looks out of place with your recently improved home landscape. Whatever your reasons may be, there is a lot to choose when it comes to rebuild your pavement.
One main issue with outdoor paving is choosing the best material for the work. There is actually quite a large range of materials you can choose from, all of them having a different look, price and purpose for being used. Depending on what you need and what you want your pavement to look like, you can narrow down the choices to a select few and then proceed to find what suits you best. Read below to get an idea about what each of these materials are and why you may or may not want to choose them:
• Natural Stone – Natural stones are still a popular choice as a material for pavements. There are quite a few important reasons for this. Stone pavements tend to be pretty sturdy and durable, not to mention that they are quite resistant to even harsh climatic conditions. There are a lot of stone types that you can choose from. The likes of flagstone paving or limestone paving is ideal for surfaces like walkways, garden borders and even normal driveways
• Bricks – Just like stones, brick tend to be yet another popular choice for any pavement related work. Just like stone pavements, brick pavements also tend to be quite durable and resist staining. The added advantage of brick pavements is that you can have more freedom in the shape of your bricks, although this also means that you will quite limited in the colour department. Nevertheless, brick is cheaper than most stone pavements.
• Concrete – Concrete is arguably the best choice for driveways and other places which will need to withstand a large amount of vehicle traffic. While you can get a concrete pavement for even less than brick or stone counterparts, concrete pavements still give you the freedom in the customization department since concrete is completely man made. You can even design it is such a way that it mimics other materials. Concrete pavements might be a little difficult to maintain though, as they are prone to staining due to grease or dirt.
• Rubber – Rubber pavements are almost always made from old recycled tyres. While this also means that you are going for an environmentally friendly solution, rubber tends to have a lot of added benefits. For one, rubber makes for a good non-slip surface which is perfect for places which are going to be used as walking paths. They are quite easy to clean and hygienic as well, due to not absorbing undesirable microorganisms. But rubber pavements might be a bit harder to come by, while also being a little on the expensive side.