Anyone who walks into your compound will judge the home based on the gate, pavement, and the front door. As such, your choice of paving material is critical.
It is important that you choose a material that complements your landscape, keeping qualities such as color and texture in mind.
To help you make the right decision, the following is a brief comparison of some of the most common paving materials.
The least expensive of paving materials – regular, poured concrete – comes in many colors and is extremely durable, though not as much as paving stone.
It can be dyed to give you the exact color you’re looking for. The only downside being that the colors are very difficult to match should you need repairs later. What’s more, you can easily stamp or stencil patterns onto concrete to give you a custom look.
Paving stone is made from compressed concrete, making them up to four times stronger than regular concrete.
During installation, the stones can be interlocked to form a paving stone system that is not only artistic but also flexible and resistant to cracking.
The stones come in a multitude of styles and colors and, unlike poured concrete, are easy to repair whenever they stained or damaged.
A beautiful sedimentary stone obtained from the seabed, limestone adds a distinctive look to paths and patios.
It is fine textured thus takes on a distinctive, velvet finish when used in paving. Compared to paving stones, its color range is a bit limited with dark gray, pale gray, blue gray, cream, and tan being the easiest colors to find.
But its biggest advantage is that the fine particles make the material easy to cut into all sorts of decorative shapes.
Another sedimentary rock, sandstone is formed by eroded mineral particles over time.
Like limestone, it is fine textured and easy to work with, making it a good choice for verandas and courtyards. You’ll find it being sold under descriptive names such as Colorado Red, Crab Orchard, and Pennsylvania Blue.
Blue-gray and lilac-gray are two of the most common colors though light gray, tan, and soft golden sandstone is also available.
Available in all sorts of colors, granite is a very strong stone best known for its endurance even in adverse climates. The stone resists long-term weathering effects and often maintains its color and texture for decades.
This explains why it’s one of the most sought after paving materials. Whether in freezing cold or burning hot climates, once polished, your granite pavement will maintain its look for many generations.
Finally, slate is another heavy, durable stone that can be cut into thin sheets for roofing and paving. One of its biggest advantages is that it’s resistant to slipping as well as food and beverage spills.
This makes it an excellent paving material if you have kids. Slate can also withstand extreme temperatures and comes in many colors from purple to green to black.