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Paver Possibilities
beautify your home and help the environment

The first step to any paver project is to find an installer with experience and knowledge in the process; this will have as large of an impact on the outcome of your project as choosing the right type of pavers. It is important when meeting with installers that you ask the right type of questions to determine their qualifications. This can help your project stay on time and on budget.

When first talking to your paver installer you should determine how long they have been in the business. It is always a good idea to look at work they have done both recently and in the past. This can be done by asking for references and looking through their portfolio. It is also important to make sure that your installer is licensed and insured. Finally, have them draw up a contract on the work they will be doing and make sure to specify whether or not they will be involved with the maintenance of your hardscape.

Once your paver installer has been selected you can work with him or her to determine the best materials to use for your project. There are many different types of pavers available to meet almost any need.

Landscape pavers are stylish and versatile and can add tremendous utility and value to a home. They can range in material from brick to slate; including other materials such as limestone, cobblestone, rubber, stone and granite to name a few.

Recently, landscape pavers have gone green and cannot only be used to beautify your home, but also help the environment. Permeable pavers don't impact bodies of water with runoff from rain and snow and thus have a better impact on the environment.

The most ecologically friendly landscape paver is the permeable paver. They are made of concrete and separated by joints filled with small stones. Water enters the joints between the pavers and is filtered through crushed stone layers. The water is then absorbed back into the soil, free of the pollutants that have been filtered through the stone. Using permeable pavers helps aide in low-impact, environmentally-friendly development.

Permeable pavers aren't just sustainable; they are beautiful, versatile and durable. They can be used in a variety of different projects. They are ideal for driveways because they are strong enough to sustain the weight of a vehicle, yet elegant enough to not detract from landscaping. Permeable pavers also can be incorporated into many landscaping projects. They can be used to create raised flowerbeds, walkways and patios. Permeable pavers can be used around in ground swimming pools as the water is easily absorbed, making the surface safer for rambunctious swimmers.

Here are a few of the many benefits of using permeable pavers in your next outdoor project:

Versatility

These green pavers can be used for patios, driveways, walkways, pools and more. Whether you are looking for a specific color, texture or pattern, paver options are endless in function, material and design. If you would like a traditional, rustic or modern style in your outdoor space, there are architectural masonry products and applications to make that happen.

Permeable pavers provide years of protection and beauty in all climates. They have a long history of successful residential and commercial applications and are now known to help reduce our impact on the environment.

Low Maintenance

Once pavers are installed they are durable and easy to maintain. An occasional sweeping and rinsing is virtually all that is needed to keep them looking as good as new. Unlike other materials pavers have room to expand and contract with the changing temperatures and are less likely to crack. Most pavers come with lifetime warranties, but it is very easy to repair or replace pavers if necessary without the worries of matching colors and such.

Also, in the wintertime, snow removal is a breeze with the smooth surface of interlocking pavers. It is also possible to install pavers with systems that can melt the snow, virtually eliminating snow and ice removal.

Great for the Environment

Permeable pavers can be placed in areas where traditional pavers may create an unnatural volume of runoff from snow and rain. This can lead to flooding and standing water problems in addition to soil erosion.

This type of paver allows water to be absorbed back into the soil, filtering out water pollutants in the process. This can also reduce the amount of water washing into storm drains, creeks, and rivers.

Beauty

Pavers allow for modular and random installation. Random patterns appear more like natural cobble stones, while grouped patterns allow outdoor living spaces to appear to be a part of nature. In addition, pavers come in multiple shapes, colors and patterns that fit in naturally and harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. Unlike other materials, pavers can create raised patios and walkways, steps and rounded edges that organically blend in with the environment.

Permeable pavers are probably the most beneficial to the environment. However, many other paver types have green aspects; such as being made of recycled products or being non-intrusive to the environment in which it is installed.

Clay brick pavers are a commonly used type of paver. They have a traditional look to them while still encompassing the properties that make pavers so appealing; being able to shift with the earth thus reducing cracking, and being easily replaceable. Since they are made from the earth's natural clay and easily replaceable, they are also an environmentally responsible product.

A less common, yet still environmentally responsible, type of paver is rubber. This can be made from recycled tires and comes in a variety of colors. They can be used both indoors and out and are ideal for children's play areas, nursing homes, or childcare facilities. One of their true benefits is that they are relatively soft and resist extreme temperatures; staying cool in the summer and not freezing in the winter months.

For other environmentally friendly ideas for landscaping with pavers contact a licensed installer. They will be able to help you with projects that meet your needs in a manner that meets the needs of the environment.