Traditional brick walkways are attractive landscaping features because of their historical aesthetic value and sense of age and elegance. Bricks offer a degree of strength and durability, but when it comes to refreshing the look of your Hingham, MA, walkway, you can also consider other alternatives that will provide a variety of color combinations and design options to complement your landscape.
Concrete pavers offer the benefits of modern manufacturing methods and can resemble the appearance of original brick street pavers, as well as a number of other materials. They come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and styles, and are a practical option for many homeowners. Concrete pavers are easy to clean and maintain – if they get cracked or damaged, they can be easily removed and replaced individually.
Concrete pavers allow contractors to easily create different shapes, curves, and decorative laying patterns for walkways that will form the signature piece of an your outdoor space. High quality concrete pavers are the ideal material for attractive landscapes. Not only are they affordable and durable, but also incredibly versatile.
Concrete pavers offer modern options with sleek designs and straight lines that suit any contemporary home and cater to traditional aesthetics as well with pavers that resemble original, ‘old world’ brick and natural stone.
Natural stone slabs are perfect for creating a modern looking walkway that impresses with its stunning, edgy design or rustic appeal. Popular types of natural stone used in walkways include bluestone, flagstone, granite, limestone, sandstone, and slate. Natural stone is a more expensive option for the construction of a walkway; however, its attractiveness is incomparable to any other material. Due to their natural formation processes, every natural stone slab or tile is uniquely colored, patterned, and textured.
Natural stone can be used as a material in both traditional and modern landscapes. Large stones in cool colors, such as the blues and greens of bluestone, add a formal, dramatic appeal that can also visually enlarge the space. For traditional landscapes, walkways built from smaller flagstone or sandstone slabs will add warmth and texture. Flagstone is a popular choice as it can withstand extreme weather conditions and provides a naturally slip-resistant surface.
A disadvantage of natural stone as a walkway material is that it is prone to staining, although this can be avoided with regular sealing.
Permeable pavers are similar to regular concrete pavers but differ either in their composition or installation in a way that allows water to permeate the hardscape surface, either through the paver itself or in between its jointing lines. Permeable pavers offer the substantial advantage of creating a sustainable landscape by limiting stormwater runoff and providing relief for overtaxed stormwater systems. Permeable pavers are the perfect solution for homeowners that have problems with backyard flooding and can be used to disguise subsurface drainage systems or bypass regulatory limitations on non-permeable hardscape surfaces. Permeable pavers can be also be a good option for your walkway design to reduce the heating effect of hardscape surfaces.
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