A common reason most people find themselves having to fix pavers is that they selected the wrong paving stones. It is easy to select a weak paving stone that keeps on breaking and requiring repairs or replacements. In other cases, homeowners select pavers that don’t match their lifestyle. As a result, they end up having to replace them. Needless to say, fixing pavers can be very expensive. That is why you need to do everything in your power to ensure you get everything right the first time.
Whether you are looking for a pool space or need to spruce up the driveway, you will be spoilt for choice when shopping for paving materials. The key to avoiding the pain of having to fix pavers every now and then is choosing the paving stones that fit your lifestyle and the landscape you have in mind. Working with contractors will help make the best choice and ensure the pavers are installed properly. Here are some tips you can use when choosing paving stones.
Get some samples
The worst mistake you can probably make when shopping for paving stones is ordering without first seeing the stones in person. Most companies are happy to send a few samples. Get as many samples as possible. That is the only way you will be able to find the paving stone that is perfect for your yard. Don’t forget to examine the stones when wet. The color of some stones changes drastically when wet.
Textured or smooth
Whether to go with a textured or smooth paving stone will depend on where you plan on installing the pavers. The last thing you want is to have to fix your pavers because you installed smooth pavers in a slopped area. Textures also determine the look. Do you need a slick contemporary or an antique look? Compare all your options before settling for either textured or smooth stones.
Thin or thick
Again, the right choice will depend on where you will be installing the pavers. If what you need is a garden setting, the 25mm depth will be okay for walking. However, if you need the stones for your driveway, they will have to be thicker. The ideal thickness for a driveway stone should be at least 40mm.
Natural stone or concrete
This is another important question you have to answer. While they both might function the same, natural stone tends to have better visual and aesthetic appeal. On the other hand, concrete products offer better value for money.