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Beautifying Your Surroundings With Pavers

Dec 20, 2007
There is no denying the fact that pavers can definitely enhance the beauty of any building, be it a home or an office building. Pavers really are a good way to make any drab building or house more interesting.

Good Placement for Your Pavers

Pavers can be placed in a lot of strategic places to make an edifice more enchanting. For one, there are pavers that look like stones, which can be placed in gardens. This will definitely add spice to the plants and flowers planted in your garden. You can arrange them on the edges of your walkway to keep the plants in check, or you can place them in one area (under a big tree, for example) and place quaint chairs on it for a good relaxing space. These stone pavers will definitely give any garden a natural feel.

Concrete pavers, on the other hand, can be your driveway. This will give your driveway a smoother surface. Also, it will be easier to clean up.

There are also landscape pavers that are a very good idea if you want to make a little walkway to your door or to your pool area. You can plant little flowers along the edges, and when they all bloom, you walkway will surely be a delight to see.

Benefits of Pavers

Having pavers will give you a lot of benefits. For one, it minimizes soil erosion, thereby, help in preserving your landscape. When we experience heavy rains, it is natural that we see the soil erode. With good pavers, it will control that. Another benefit is the most obvious one of all. As stated above, your choice of pavers can enhance your surroundings.

Choosing Your Pavers

There are a lot to take into consideration when you choose your pavers. The most important of all is the price. There are different prices for different kinds of pavers, of course. Cement pavers are cheaper because they are more commonly used. Bricks as well as stone pavers are more expensive, with stone pavers the costlier of the two.

You also have to take into consideration the installation costs of your pavers. If you are a very meticulous person, then you can do it yourself. But if you are sloppy in things like this, then get professional help.

Do-It-Yourself Paving

It really is not difficult to lay your pavers yourself. With the aid of the Internet, you can research about the many pavers out there as well as techniques on how to lay them down properly.

First of all, before you lay your pavers, you have to have a good layout. It is not just about laying them on whatever surface that needs to have pavers because you have to have a plan. Make a drawing of what you want it to look like and incorporate in it the pattern you want.

Secondly, you have to dig up the area where you will lay down your pavers and fill them up with gravel or crushed stones. This will serves as the base for your pavers. Make sure though that it is slightly sloped so as to allow water to drain. Then, you have to secure this by utilizing restraints like plastic or aluminum restraints. This will hold everything in place to minimize erosion.

After you have put in your restraints, then it is time to pour the sand to even out the space before you lay your pavers down. Then, following your pattern, lay your pavers down gently so as to avoid cracking them. Make sure that you have laid them evenly onto the surface of the sand. You can use plate compactor for such activity.

Finally, make use of a sealer to keep everything in place. This will also help preserve the integrity of your pavers.
About the Author
Robert Winster is a respected paving contractor. Visit his website Paving Land and learn more about paving, pavers and the different types of slabs .
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