Driveway pavers created for the driveway to your home will enhance your enjoyment as you approach your home and create a prestigious image that everyone will remember. The strength and durability of concrete may have served you well, but a change to the beauty of well designed cobblestone, natural stone, or precast concrete pavers will extend the life even further and provide that much-needed appeal many have referred to as an eye-candy entranceway. The critical elements to achieving the results you desire reside both in the type of paver you choose and in the design or pattern of the installation.
The pavers themselves can be created to blend into the topography and to the construction characteristics of your home. The website www.houzz.com provides lots of photos of driveways designed with pavers to give you some ideas. Although pavers are often used for patios and around swimming pools both commercially as well as residentially, extending the curb appeal of your home through the application of driveway pavers will dramatically improve the value of your home. Choosing the right paver created for architectural beauty and longevity of service cannot be over emphasized.
Proper installation is as important as laying the foundation for your home. If the undersurface is not prepared correctly, your driveway may lose its durability. If you want to gain rudimentary knowledge of ground surface preparation before making your decision to install these, visit www.thisoldhouse.com. There you will learn things like how deep the surface should be excavated, where and what aggregate material to use such as gravel and sand and some rough estimates for the costs involved. This site offers some good techniques for cleaning the moss that will assuredly appear on and between pavers Houston residents have installed. Additional suggestions range from trimming overhanging trees that block sunlight, to pressure washing, scraping or using a stiff-bristled brush. It is also suggested that using a dilute amount of bleach or other moss-killing type of cleansers will provide a longer time before another application is needed.
Cobblestone pavers made of granite are the most durable with an estimated lifespan of up to 100 years, followed by precast concrete pavers at about 50 years. According to Brick Masonry, Masonry Institute of America, July 2012, the costs for cobblestone usually run about $30 per square foot and about the same for precast concrete pavers if professionally installed.
Driveway pavers can be one of the best investments you ever make in your home. When these are created to blend with your home construction type and the topography of your land, the driveway becomes much more than a way to drive from the street to your garage of to the front entrance to your home. It becomes the accent you look for and that your guests never forget.