If you want to put pavers down as part of your architecture, you’re going to find that there are a lot of options you have. So how do you choose the ones that are right for your needs? Below are five things to consider when you are buying pavers for your home.
1. Architectural Style
The first thing that you want to decide when you are looking for pavers is your home’s architectural style. It’s likely a good idea to narrow your selection down to 5-10 pavers that will match your home’s architecture. There aren’t any strict rules. However, certain pavers are just going to go better with some styles rather than others. There are some pavers that will clash with certain architecture. If you aren’t sure, you can always ask advice when you’re shopping for pavers.
2. Patio or Landscape Design Theme
It’s possible to narrow the choices down further when you think about your landscape’s design style. If you will be paving the patio first and then you’re going to redesign your landscape, you should select a paver style that isn’t going to limit the options you have a lot of. Otherwise, you want to choose a paver that is going to match the style that you already have.
3. Laying Pattern
Another thing you want to consider is the type of pattern you prefer. The paver’s laying pattern will depend on the paver’s shapes and sizes that they come in. This is going to range from herringbone, running bond, to a laying pattern that is random that can create a look that is more organic. The paver’s laying pattern will be your preference, even though some of the patterns can be helpful with enhancing your theme. Something else that you want to watch for when you are choosing a laying pattern is that it’s not going to clash in the landscape that you have.
4. Choosing Pavers Based on Color
An excellent way to pick your pavers is by color. You can do this in a couple of ways. One way to do it is by matching it to another permanent feature that your landscape or home has. Walkways, driveways and patios normally can be matched to the roof’s color. The disadvantage is that it can be hard to exactly match colors and sometimes they will instead clash. Rather than trying to match colors, you can also contrast them. You can put darks with lights, cool colors with warm colors, and others. The other way that you can do match your pavers based on the color is by embedding accents which are continued in your environment. You can do something like repeating that blue hint you used in flowerbeds. In times like these, you can add accents in your borders or with a random paver every once in a while instead of the entire surface.
5. Suitable Durability
The final thing you want to make sure is to choose pavers that are suitably durable for the chosen purpose. If you are creating a path that will have a lot of traffic, make sure that the surface treatment’s suitable and that it isn’t going to wear away as time passes. When you’re paving a driveway where you’ll have heavy vehicles standing, you’ll want to choose one that can bear a lot of weight. When you’re paving an area that gets a lot of constant sun, you want to choose a surface that is anti-fade.
These are the things that you can use when you are looking for the right pavers. Follow these guidelines and you’ll discover that it’s a lot easier to choose the right pavers for your home and family.
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