The Pavers That Help Avoid Three Common Problems

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Patios, pool areas, and walkways are all great areas for installing pavers. The materials available today are an improvement over poured concrete pads or paths in many ways. They add style, a single broken section is easy to repair, and they are simple enough for most homeowners to install on their own. However, there are some concerns people have when they choose the materials they want in order to make certain they have a functional and comfortable design. 

Avoiding Slippery Surfaces

Sloped paths in rainy environments and pool side decks are both areas where wet pavers pose a larger risk than they would elsewhere. Any path becomes dangerous in certain weather conditions, but preventing accidents in everyday weather or areas where water is a common occurrence as it is with features like pools, fountains or near ponds means choosing the right material. Slate, polished granite, and even some sealed brick pavers are notoriously slippery when wet. The safest options are natural stone (other than granite) or rubber pavers. Unpolished stone that has a high quartz content is a good option. Rubber pavers are a less common option, but they are slip-resistant. Be cautious when purchasing rubber because some brands warn of the potential for color bleeding in certain conditions. 

Keeping Feet Cool

Limestone is porous and typically comes in lighter colors than many other materials. Both of these features help to prevent the tiles from absorbing as much heat as other materials. Rubber pavers also remain cool and their shock absorbing potential makes them a good choice in areas where children play. Shell pavers - natural stone pavers with fossilized shells embedded into the material - are also a cooler option than brick and many other stone options. 

Saving Maintenance Time

When time is tight it is important to have products around the home that are easy to care for and require as little upkeep as possible. This is why gravel or loose stone is a poor surface option because of the constant need for weeding, the high dust content, and how difficult it can be to keep the area clear of snow or ice without digging up the stones. Smooth pavers like limestone or polished granite are easy to sweep off and remove debris from. Polished, sealed pavers are less likely to have algae buildup or mold.  Concrete and brick are popular and inexpensive, but they chip and crack easily, are prone to algae growth in shaded areas, and can stain if not sealed and re-coated every few years.

Spending the extra time researching the best options for each part of the yard will pay off after installation. There are enough options to make it possible to have a suitable choice for every purpose or location. Homeowners should discuss their personal concerns with their landscaper or retailer before making their selection. Choosing by price or appearance alone will usually lead to disappointment later on. Visit websites like http://www.tmlandscapedesign.com to learn more.

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