Paver and Concrete Patios and Driveways


Landscape contractors have long sought ways to improve upon traditional paving options.

Previously reserved for those with large design budgets, pavers have become more available as paver costs have dropped. When the value of durability as well as the ease of paver repair is added to the cost equation, more people are installing the flagstone patio, brick walkway, or paver sidewalk they have always imagined. Pavers have evolved greatly over the years from a basic brick style units to products with styles that have the appearance of flagstone, marble, granite, cobble stone, that come in many different sizes, colors and shapes. Innovation has also led manufacturers to create additional products such as cut stone, travertine, and other exotic stone products fitting any customers preferred aesthetic look for their pavement project. Paver products are also being widely used for pedestrian applications such as patios, walkways, pool decks, and step areas for that desired aesthetic look with optimal structural integrity. Pavers are also structural enough to be utilized for vehicular applications such as driveways, roadways even airport runways.

New Era of Building Stone Technology

In the 70’s and 80’s, customers were left with very few options in wall stones and stone pavers. Retaining wall stones were a gray 4″ thick tongue and groove concrete looking block. Another option was the so-called Life Time 6×6 or 6×8 timber walls. Neither product was durable. The gray stone walls have been rebuilt by owners, over and over again, only to see them fall over.

Landscape timbers, over 10 years old, have decayed and turned into a breeding ground for termites. paving stone used for driveways and patios were a clay or soft 4×8 brick which cracked and fell apart.

Concrete Pavers for Driveways, Patios, Walkways, Sidewalks and More

Landscape contractors have long sought ways to improve upon traditional paving options. Previously reserved for those with large design budgets, pavers have become more available as paver costs have dropped. When the value of durability as well as the ease of paver repair is added to the cost equation, more people are installing the flagstone patio, brick walkway, or paver sidewalk they have always imagined. However, the value of a paver installation is greatly increased when done by a licensed landscaping contractor. Because durability depends on quality installation, those considering installing a new brick patio or driveway pavers should employ a landscape contractor with experience installing landscape pavers.

Among the many advantages of patio pavers is its ability to expand and contract in response to weather changes. While concrete sidewalks have a tendency to crack in winter, a brick walkway or paver sidewalk responds to environmental changes, thus diminishing the need for repairs.

Although slightly more expensive, flagstone patios provide an unrivaled charm to any outdoor landscape. The beauty of flagstone presents the landscaping contractor with countless paving options, whether it be an ancient or contemporary design. Similarly, a brick patio fits in beautifully in both traditional colonial and modern urban design settings. With pavers the design options are nearly limitless.

With its affordability and long-lasting value, now is the time to make your dream flagstone patio or brick walkway a reality. In the hands of a licensed landscape contractor, flagstone, brick, or concrete pavers can transform any drab landscape into the envy of the neighborhood.

Interlocking Concrete Pavers

In the 90’s, a new wall and paver stone was introduced by various companies. These products are called “Interlocking Segmented Retaining Wall Systems” and “Interlocking Paving Systems”. They have been engineered and constructed to outlast products of the past. The engineering and architectural community has approved these products which is demonstrated by their use in every type of project. They can be seen around shopping malls, schools, parks and residential homes. Interlocking wall systems have been constructed 50′ to 100′ supporting various land masses and buildings.

A well-constructed wall or paver system will always be a significant selling point to a future home owner instead of a sticking point when closing a home deal. A cracked driveway or a retaining wall ready to fall over could mean “Buyer Beware”.

For years, most consumers in this part of the country have been sold on asphalt or concrete for patios, driveways, and walkways. For the most part, building contractors have left them with little or no other option. Concrete is cheap. Asphalt is cheaper. Pavers are more expensive. All of this is true.

Builders have used concrete because it is fast and it looks good to the buyer. Plus, it keeps the cost of the house down. You really can’t blame the builder, can you? Here’s what the customer should know:

How Do Interlocking Concrete Pavers Compare?

Buyer Beware!

Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes has been educated and certified through the Interlocking paving institute ICPI. The ICPI is the world’s leader in interlocking paving installation education for landscape contractors. When searching for a contractor for your next pavement project, always check the ICPI web site at icpi.org to find a certified contractor in your area. Knowing a contractor is ICPI certified is the first step in knowing you’re not dealing with an unqualified contractor.

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