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How to Choose the Right Concrete Pavers

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Pavers can help create a patio when building a patio isn’t actually possible or they can be used as stepping stones in your garden. Choosing the right pavers will take consideration and time and you need the right shapes and materials that suit the space. In Houston concrete pavers need to be able to stand up to the elements.

Research different concrete contractors in the area. You want to call at least three or four companies to get an estimate on the labor and parts, as well as timelines for finishing the project. You should ask for client referrals and double check they are licensed.

Material: In Houston concrete pavers can work with best with the climate since harsh conditions rarely affect concrete pavers. Concrete also works well in areas with lots of heat, rain, or wind. If you choose another material for your pavers then you will have to work the cost of paver replacements into your yearly home budget. It’s also important to choose concrete if the paving is going to be exposed to sun or weather. The sun is powerful and can cause premature wearing.

Texture: The right texture for concrete pavers can depend on a range of factors, from the architectural style of the home to the aesthetic of the hardscape. The main goal when choosing a particularly textured paver is to have the finish complement the other materials that are used. This can be done by either matching the texture or creating a contrast between coarse and smooth. Contrasts can be done by incorporating accent boards or pavers, or by allowing plant life to stand in juxtaposition to the hardscaping materials.

Thickness: The thickness of concrete pavers will depend on their applications. Pavers in the United States will need to meet or exceed guidelines that have been established. Pedestrian areas, driveways, and those that have limited vehicular use are usually paved with pavers 2 3/8” thick.

Creativity: Concrete pavers offer a lot of options when it comes to both color and shape and they are a great choice if you want the freedom to do something different.

Shape: To determine the shape of concrete pavers, you want to choose pavers that match the width of the area. A narrow yard or space won’t look good with wide pavers and will create the illusion of a smaller space. If you have a large space, you can also space out pavers with plants, wood chips, or gravel in between them.

Colors: Choose muted colors if the sun is going to be an important factor. High sun exposure can break down materials and cause fading over time. The staining process will also need to be taken into account, as fading can be hard to cover.

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