How to Choose the Materials for Patio Paving?

How to Choose the Materials for Patio Paving?
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    So, you're finally tired of your old home design and thinking that it's time for a change.

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There are many things to look at when considering a home renovation or having a patio installed and a swimming pool built. Besides looking for the right contractor, you also need to choose the materials to use. Of course, after careful consideration of the cost and how well it blends with the rest of your home and landscape. If you prefer to choose the material instead of relying on your architect or contractor, below are some tips you may want to keep in mind.

Check Samples

The good thing about window shopping for materials is retailers display samples so you can have a look at and feel the material. If you find your suppliers online, you can try asking if they can send over some which they’ll be happy to do for you.

This will give you a lot of options to choose from and, surely, a few of them will meet your style requirements. Don’t forget to assess what the stones will be like when wet and dry because some can get slippery and unsafe when they get wet.

Smooth or Textured?

Whether you’re going for DIY patio paving or hiring a contractor to do it for you, choosing the materials is still an important decision that you’ll have to make.

Sandstones come as smooth or textured, so it’s up to you which one to go with. Riven stone is cheaper and comes in different tones to fit various style preferences. You can go for the modern, contemporary look, or you can opt for a rustic and antique look. Either way will work, but you’ll need to do enough research to make the right choices especially since there may be differences in how sandstones are installed and treated.

Depth and Thickness

You’ll need to know the pavement layout first so you can determine the thickness and depth of installation. For a garden setting, 25mm will do for a walking path, but it wouldn’t be enough to support the weight of a car. If you’re planning it for a driveway, prepare a depth of 40mm so it can support heavier weight. If you’re unsure, you can always consult with the experts or let your contractors take care of it for you.

 

Concrete or Natural Stone

Each material has its advantages and appeal, and the final decision will always depend on your budget and taste. While natural stone is better, aesthetically speaking, concrete gives you better value for your money and will surely last you longer.

Looking for the right paving material doesn’t have to be rushed because it’s something that you can’t just uninstall and change when you change your mind. Just take your time in scouring the market and consulting with your contractor if you’re unsure with where you’re headed with your choices. Keep in mind that budget isn’t the only thing you’ll have to consider, but also the final look and how it blends with its surroundings as well.

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