Paving Stones – Nanaimo, BC
Paving stones – The benefits
Paving stones are a good way to get a long-lasting hardscape. When installed correctly they can often add value to your home especially if done creatively.
You can use paving stone for many different purposes such as paver patio’s, driveways, walkways as well as steps and brick paver-edge. Paving stones are a great way to be creative with your hardscape.
What makes laying paving stones better for hardscaping than other products on the market, such as aggregate and stamped concrete. The truth is that paving stone can take water over the surface area, which allows for drainage immediately, unlike concrete. Paving Stones are easy to repair quickly if anything was to happen ie chipped, cracked or sank. This option is not possible with concrete as once it cracks there isn’t any way of repairing that will last.
Paving stone considerations
When building a paving stones patio or walkway there are many things to consider, Design, Area, Location, Slope, Base. Putting extra effort into all of these areas will only give you a better and long lasting paver patio, that will last you for many years to come. More and more homeowners around Calgary are replacing there existing concrete hardscapes with paving stone to get a better, unique and longer lasting hardscape. Paving Stone built and installed correctly will always be superior to a concrete product on the market.
How to choose what paving stones to use
When it comes to paving stone, there are many brands, styles and finishes to choose from. We can help you decide what brand and which style would work best for you. One of the biggest things to consider is, what would match best with your home and also any other hardscapes you already have ie walls, existing concrete etc. Check out Barkman paver products or Expocrete pavers to see an extensive choice.
Building paving stone hardscapes that last!
We have been using a tried and tested method for the last 10+ years, which has proven to stand up to the test of time. Using this paving stones installation method we can ensure that you will have a patio, driveway or walkway that you will enjoy for many years to come. Our installation ‘step by step’ process is on website, of what goes into a hardscape.
What makes a good paving stones installation
One of the biggest failings in any installation is lack of prep-work. Creating a good solid base will instantly give you better longer results. This achieved by making sure there is no organic matter under your base ie loam. Getting right down to the clay before compacting a crush base means less movement over time. Also using the least amount of sand possible will also give you longer results. Sand isn’t a stable structure and you cant compact it, so having the least amount under your paving stones will benefit you in the long run. We like to keep it down to 1/4″-1/2″ maximum. Also we have found that having a clean edge of concrete around the patio will keep it strong for longer than plastic edging. it not only keeps the pavers in place, but also traps the sand under the paving stones which helps for longevity.