Frequently Asked Questions

The world of landscaping can be confusing for a homeowner with no experience in this field and can leave you frustrated by questions such as: What material should I use for my driveway or patio? Does my yard need a retaining wall? What plants or trees should go in this area or that area? And how many of them do I buy? Allow the experts at Urban Appeal Landscaping to answer those questions for you! With 10 years of landscaping experience servicing Kamloops and the surrounding area, Paul and the crew can help you tackle these homeowner dilemmas. As Master Allan Block wall builders and certified Belgard paver installers we know what works and what doesn’t!

 

There is more to know when choosing a paving material than just what meets the eye. While stamped concrete may initially achieve a look that is somewhat similar to pavers, poor durability and difficulty in making repairs have a dramatic impact not only on the appearance, but also on the actual cost in the long term.

There is more to know when choosing a pavement material than just what meets the eye. Outdoor additions such as patios, driveways and walkways add beauty and value to your home, however, it is also important that such additions hold up against Mother Nature, be maintenance friendly and look and feel as great as they did when they were first installed. You also want them to be cost-effective.  That’s why the popularity of pavers, or paving stones, is rising. The easy upkeep, and long-term cost effectiveness of properly executed paving stone installations is becoming more and more apparent to homeowners, especially here in British Columbia where weather and temperature changes are major factors.

Concrete, along with asphalt, has traditionally been one of the most common paving materials used.  Its low cost per square foot often makes it the first choice of many homeowners, as it initially seems to be a relatively inexpensive option. However, the inevitable cracking of concrete leads to a long-term cost that’s far greater than that of paving stones, without providing any of the benefits pavers offer.

It is almost inevitable that concrete will crack at some point in time.  Common causes of cracking are when the base moves due to heavy loads or settlement, and the fact that concrete tends to shrink over time.  Concrete can also crack as a result of the expansion and contraction caused by freezing, thawing, and other changes in the weather. As these cracks form, year after year, it is often difficult to exactly match the color and composition of the original material each time a repair is needed.  As such, a concrete surface gets and less attractive with each repair.  The alternative to repairing the concrete is to replace the entire structure when the cracks become unbearable, not an easy or inexpensive option. The problems associated with maintaining concrete are compounded with the addition of pattern and colour, which is known as stamped concrete.  Patching cracks in stamped concrete with regular gray concrete means creating unsightly scars, while trying to replace a cracked portion with a new piece that exactly matches in pattern and colour is nearly impossible.

Interlocking pavers solve all of the problems described above, and are appropriate for any paving application, including patios, pool decks, driveways and walkways. Pavers tend to be much more forgiving than concrete and easier to fix. Because pavers are individual units or “bricks,” the natural joints between each paver will “give” with pressure, expansion and contraction, eliminating the cracking inherent to conventional asphalt and concrete pavement.

Paving stones are molded under extreme pressure to give them strength and durability and, therefore, they will not crack. Installed over a base of sand, pavers actually increase their structural capacity over time. With a minimum rating of 8000 psi, paving stones are one of the strongest paving materials available, rivaled only by brick. Overall, they are better suited for extreme climate changes than cement.

If pavers ever do require maintenance, they are manufactured to be uniform and can easily be replaced with the same aesthetic quality as when new. It’s as simple as taking them out and resetting them, which can be an attractive quality for those into the DIY. Also, if pavers are properly installed with a good base, there shouldn’t be significant issues with setting or heaving.

  • Pavers do not require time to cure. Unlike concrete, which can take 3 to 5 days before being ready for traffic, paver structures can be used immediately after installation.
  • The high number of joints in a paving stone surface facilitates the drainage of water from rain and snow.  This enhances skid resistance and decreases nighttime glare.
  • Pavers provide a less slippery surface than concrete, as concrete tends to be quite slippery when wet, making pavers ideal for around pools
  • Pavers generally have lower heat absorption than concrete which is a major bonus to the barefooted folks.
  • Paving stones come in a wide variety of surface finishes, colours and shapes to match the architectural style of any home and our skilled installers can create at variety of laying patterns to create an even more customized look.
  • If deformation should occur due to shifting of the base, the structure can easily be repaired by removing individual pavers, re-leveling, and then reinstalling the same pavers.

Traditional concrete, asphalt, brick and gravel pavements clearly pale in comparison to the beauty, durability and easy maintenance of interlocking pavers.

We hope this information was helpful in helping you choose a paving material. If you are interested in beautifying your home with paving stones, keep in mind that not all pavers are laid equally and that improper installations can lead to problems of their own. That’s why it’s important to know that at Urban Appeal Landscaping we employ expert installers and that we have years of experience installing several different types of paving stone. Our dedicated crew has been trained to deliver the highest quality possible.

Traditional concrete, asphalt, brick and gravel pavements clearly pale in comparison to the beauty, durability and easy maintenance of interlocking pavers.

We hope this information was helpful in helping you choose a paving material. If you are interested in beautifying your home with paving stones, keep in mind that not all pavers are laid equally and that improper installations can lead to problems of their own. That’s why it’s important to know that at Urban Appeal Landscaping we employ expert installers and that we have years of experience installing several different types of paving stone. Our dedicated crew has been trained to deliver the highest quality possible.

Contact us today to schedule your free design consultation.

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