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Picking The Right Garden Paving Material

05 June 2017

In most landscaping projects, the paving is often the most expensive item. Being one of the more permanent parts of the project, you have to carefully consider your options to ensure you’ve made the right choice. Making the wrong paving choice can result in an unsightly landscape, not to mention cracking and other movement that can pose safety risks. Here are a few smart tips to keep in mind when choosing the most appropriate material:

•    Consider the Project
There are actually lots of landscaping projects that could require paving of some kind, including: walkways, patios, driveways and even swimming pool surrounds. It is important that you’ve considered the project in question, as some materials might be better suited or may not even be suitable at all. Take a driveway, for example – you need to ensure that the material you have selected is strong and durable.

•    Consider your Options
As there is a number of different paving materials on the market, it can be difficult to determine which will best meet your needs. Some of the more popular options include: brick, concrete, natural stone (sandstone, slate, bluestone, travertine, etc), gravel and tile. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each option can go a long way to helping you determine which will best meet the requirements of your project.

•    Consider the Look
Think about the look you’re going for – do you want your backyard to look like something out of a rustic Italian villa or do you want it to be inherently modern? No matter your answer, your choice of paving material should complement this look. Tile and natural stone (such as slate and sandstone) could give you that rustic look you’re after, whereas concrete could be more of a modern choice.

•    Consider the Cost
For many homeowners, the cost is a major factor that goes into what type of paving you should ultimately select. Brick, concrete and gravel tend to be the more affordable options. Natural stone and tile, on the other hand, tend to be more expensive – even then, the cost will depend on the specific type of stone or tile you have selected. The best way to get an idea of the cost is to obtain a quote from a supplier.

•    Consider the Functionality
As we have already touched on, the functionality of the paving you select is essential to making the best choice. You want to choose a material that is going to stand the test of time and continue looking its best for many years to come. Going back to the driveway example, there are certain materials that are just not recommended – tile and some types of natural stone are simply too weak to perform under such conditions.

•    Consider the Maintenance
Finally, you also need to consider how much maintenance your paving is going to require over its lifetime. If you have a lot of free time on your hands and enjoy spending time in your backyard, this may not be a problem for you. If you’re always busy and hate gardening, you might be looking for something that is easier to take care of. There are material to suit each end of the spectrum and everything between.

We hope that the tips provided above have enabled you to choose the right garden paving material for your needs. It’s important that you have carefully considered each of the available materials to ensure that you’ve made the best choice and, if you have any questions, ensure that you speak with a paving expert before proceeding. If you have selected the right material, you can rest assured that it will look its best and stand the test of time.

Yarrabee & Castlemaine Stone Solutions provides all types of natural stone pavers in Melbourne including bluestone pavers, granite pavers, sandstone pavers, limestone pavers etc. for residential and commercial properties.