Pavers and Paving Installation
Zimbabweans continue creating more outdoor living spaces, and a proper plan for choosing the right pavers is very important. There are so many styles and materials of pavers to choose from, getting just the right one for a project can be overwhelming. Materials can be natural like travertine or stone, or they can be man-made like brick or concrete.
Concrete is extremely versatile and comes in several colors to match the home’s exterior color scheme. Stone pavers give the landscaping a natural feel and beauty. Working within Your Budget, any project is more successful when a proper budget is determined beforehand. Cement or brick pavers are usually the cheapest, so they work best with a limited budget. A larger budget allows for more expensive materials like natural stones. Natural stone usually requires more labor to make it look like part of the natural land.
Creative budgets can use the less expensive man-made materials for the majority of the project while blending natural stone pavers in places as a highlight or focal point. For color selection to keep a uniform look between the house and yard, the choice of pavers should complement the existing colors. Concrete pavers come in a natural grey color, or they are stained red, tan, or another neutral color that will match any color scheme. There are also just as many shapes and styles as there are colors. Some popular shapes include squares, rectangles, or octagons.
The pavers can be laid out in traditional patterns like a basket weave or parquet pattern. Different shapes and colors can also be combined to create a truly unique pattern but the type and color of the pavers are not the only consideration when laying out a plan, expand your horizons - there are so many applications for pavers! Many people only think of pavers for sidewalks or driveways, but they are also used for the patio or pool deck. They can also be used as edging for other colors and styles or even for concrete slabs. Pavers can be used for non-structural vertical projects like sitting walls or planting areas. One of the most popular applications is for outdoor kitchens and fire pits.
The choice of pavers, however, needs to fit well with the intended use. Areas like a pool deck or even a walkway need to have some texture to prevent slippery conditions when wet. Driveways and parking areas need sturdier pavers and a sturdy base to keep them from being damaged by heavy loads or shifting areas. Depending on the size and use of the project, pavers are also one of the easiest landscaping materials to work with. For areas like pathways, the pavers can be positioned in a recessed hole. Larger areas require a flat surface with a compact base upon which to set the pavers.
The seams are then filled in with sand to keep the pavers from moving independently of each other. Many times a paver project fails because the area is not level and the pavers are shifted downhill by rain. Not enough sand between the individual pavers can also cause this failure. Pavers can add a lot to any home’s outdoor areas. They can add some pizzazz and flair to a contemporary home or they can add charm and character to an old-world landscape. There are so many different styles and colors of pavers from Kardia Constructions, Contact our team at +263 242 746 056 or WhatsApp at +263 777 964 224
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