Choosing the Right Paver for Your Project

If you’ve ever shopped for paver stones at a landscape supply store, you know how many different options are available. Most homeowners are looking for only two basic factors when they’re shopping for pavers: price and color. However, there are many different options beyond those two factors which can make a big difference in the final look and function of your project. Here are a few questions you need to ask yourself before choosing your paver: 

What Style Am I Looking For?

Pavers come in three basic style categories: natural, classic and modern. Natural are pavers are or look very much like stone, perfect for casual or garden areas. Classic pavers have rounded or rough edges, giving an old-world look to your surface. Modern pavers are cut with straight edges, offering a clean, smooth appearance. 

What Size Is Best for My Project?

Pavers come in a wide variety of sizes, especially when choosing a modern style. If you’re creating a surface which will be used for walking or formal entertaining, you may want to choose large pavers. Larger pavers will require fewer joints and will create a level surface, which is better for stabilizing tables, chairs and offering a smooth surface for walking in high heels. 

What Options are Available in My Budget?

Once you decide the style and size, your landscape supply store can help you find the best options in your budget range. If you’re determined to have a natural stone path, yet cannot afford the natural stone options, there are often alternatives which can give you the look of stone at a lower cost. 

Posted on behalf of:
Green Brothers Earth Works
680 Franklin Rd, SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 590-8220

Prevent Tracked In Dirt With Patios, Pathways And Pavers

The winter months can bring rain, snow and other moisture to create soft, muddy front and back yards. If you have kids or pets who love to play outside, there’s a good chance they are bringing that soft dirt and mud back in with them on their shoes and paws. One way to help reduce the amount of dirt being tracked into your house is to create patios and pathways which can create mud-free zones in your yard. Pavers are an affordable and easy way to create these outside surfaces, which can save your carpets and floors inside your home. 

Benefits Of Patio And Pathways

If you don’t currently have a sidewalk or paved pathway to both your front and back doors, now is the time to install one before the weather turns wet. Additionally, having even a small patio where kids can take off their shoes or paws can be wiped down before coming in the house can make a big difference in your indoor cleaning. 

Choosing Your Pavers

For both pathways and patios, there is an immense variety of pavers you can use for building beautiful surfaces. The type you choose will depend on the colors and shapes you prefer, along with your budget. The most common choices for pavers include: 

–        Brick. The classic look of brick can add style to any outdoor area. Brick is fairly inexpensive since it’s a man-made material. You can choose from classic red brick, or many other varieties of colors.

–        Cement pavers. One of the most affordable and versatile options is cement pavers. There are hundreds of varieties of shapes, sizes and color. For those on a budget with large areas to cover, cement pavers are definitely an excellent choice.

–        Natural stone pavers. For a rustic aesthetic appeal, natural stone pavers are the ultimate in style. Although very beautiful, natural stone pavers are also the most expensive, due to the limited supply and cost of obtaining these rocks from their natural source. 

Visit your local landscape supply store to find the perfect paver to keep excess dirt out of your home in the months to come.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Landscape Supply

Cutting Concrete Pavers, Step-by-Step

If the primary concern of your driveway or path is its decorative appeal, then you may want to try the vast range of concrete pavers you can choose from. Concrete pavers come in just about any shape, size and design you could imagine, with an assortment of different finishes. Aside from that, they are also pretty easy to lay for anyone who fancies themselves for a bit of DIY – however, when it comes to cutting them, this part of the job isn’t always that easy.

When it comes to cutting pavers, there are a number of ways to go about it. The old fashioned way is by using a pitching chisel, or a bolster. This is the trickiest way of cutting paving slabs, and so extra care needs to be taken. Make sure to score a line across the paver where you want to cut it, then take a lump hammer and be sure to whack that chisel hard and true at the first attempt!

We can also use a disc cutter or power saw to cut pavers. Before cutting, make sure that you have a stone cutting blade fitted to the cutter. These are the steel, diamond-tipped blades, rather than the carbon blades used to cut metal. Score a line across the paver where you want to make your cut, then power up the saw and slowly ease through the paver, being careful not to exert too much pressure.

You can also use a specialist tool called a block and slab splitter. These are quite expensive, but they provide the cleanest cut of all. Carefully place the paver between the two blades of the slab splitter, taking care to line up exactly where you need to make the cut, then apply pressure slowly until the paver snaps across the line of the blade. Note that there are three types of slab splitter. The basic ones with smooth blades can be used to cut regular pavers, while you will need a toothed blade for cutting slabs with an irregular surface. For the thickest of pavers, it may be necessary to use a hydraulic slab splitter.

The Cost of Paving Stones Installation

As with all construction projects, the choice of paving materials you use for your driveway, footpath or patio area will be partly driven by the cost. Read on to find out about pricing for the most common types of pavers.

Brick pavers are man made from very common materials, and so that means that these are one of the cheapest paving options available. Of course, the style and quality of brick pavers can vary quite a bit, but the average cost will start from around $0.50 per brick, or around $10 to $15 per square foot if you prefer to buy according to area coverage. Don’t forget that you will also need to pay for someone to install them – although this is pretty cheap, with most contractors charging between $10 and $20 per square foot, depending on the nature of job and the exact materials used.

Concrete pavers can be a little less expensive than bricks, depending on the quality. The cheapest concrete pavers will start at around $5 per square foot, with the best of the best being priced at about $15 a square foot. Installation costs are about the same price too, between $5 and $15 per square foot.

Stone pavers are by far the most expensive, as these are naturally made and have to be dug from a quarry and then cut to the right size.  The cost of the pavers themselves will be more expensive than other types of paver – if you buy them according to area, expect to pay anything from $20 to $30 per square foot, depending on the quality of the stone. Installation can also be more expensive, as these pavers are bigger and have to be laid manually one at a time, which can be a time consuming task. As a guide, the price of installation would range from $15 per square foot to a maximum of $30 per square foot.