Posted July 14th, 2014 by : Bill Bunch
Homeowners will be pleased to discover there are many uses for driveway pavers throughout the home and yard. In addition, the value of many homes will increase by simply adding a patio in the back yard.
Pavers come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. The choices available makes it possible to use pavers when building a backyard patio. The type of pavers used for a patio will depend greatly upon where it will be located, the conditions of that area and the overall look the homeowner is trying to achieve.
Permeable pavers help reduce the amount of water runoff into gutters and storm drains and are very environmentally friendly. In addition to the environmental benefits of these pavers, they are also very aesthetically pleasing. Permeable pavers work best in areas where there is going to be a lot of exposure to water and other elements of nature.
Here are a variety of different driveway pavers we suggest using for a patio area:
- Dry-laid – Best when installing over a bed of sand and gravel. Dry-laid pavers allow for water to pass through the openings. The disadvantage to using this type of paver is that grass and mold can grow in the cracks.
- Brick – Perfect for creating different designs and shapes, but leaves gaps in between each paver. These pavers are generally made from clay, water and fire.
- Crushed stone/gravel – Cost efficient, because it is the least expensive of all pavers. Because water easily passes through the pores of the pavers, crushed stone works great for walkways.
- Stone – Generally used with rocks and plantings in between each stone. Perfect for garden themed patio areas.
- Grass – These pavers closely resemble a lawn, but still look great when creating a patio space.
- Antique – These pavers offer a rustic and classic look to a patio.
When selecting which pavers to use for a patio, it is important to consider the overall design of it. If there are plans to install a brick wall, consider using brick pavers too. Or if there plans call for a concrete grilling area, consider using crushed stone pavers. Complementing the pavers with the overall design will help ensure the patio looks uniform and everything aesthetically fits together.
To help enhance the look of a patio area, driveway pavers can be placed in various patterns. The pattern chosen depends greatly upon the space available and the homeowner’s design preferences. Different patterns include starbursts, squares, stripped, outlined and circular.
Before getting started designing a backyard patio, it is important to check with the Houston Permitting Center for requirements and regulations. Depending upon the type of patio, a permit may be required.
Designing a backyard patio will help change the overall look and feel of a home and its backyard. Plus, the addition of patio covers in Houston homes helps create an outdoor space that is protected from many of the natural elements. Both the pavers and cover will create a patio that is unique to the homeowner while offering a space to sit and relax outdoors.