Walkways

How Are Walkways Installed With Prime Lawn Landscape CompanyIntricately designed walkways can greatly boost the curb appeal of a home and can last for decades. Most installations consist of concrete pavers, clay bricks or cobble stone and each have their benefits. Most of the time, though, the selection will come down to which material the homeowner finds the most attractive. Concrete pavers can be designed in a range of colors and shapes, so they are extremely customizable. Clay bricks are normally red or red-brown and provide nice contrast with landscaping colors. Cobble stones are ideal for evoking an Old World look and touch of sophistication. All three can be installed quickly and precisely with the help of a hardscaping installer like Prime Lawn.

Prior to installation, the installer will layout the job and excavate the area for the hardscaping. The soil subgrade is then placed in the excavated area. Which soil is used for the subgrade will depend on several factors, including the hardscaping material to be installed, the amount of foot traffic expected, and the area climate. Laying down the soil subgrade represents the bulk of the work and may take up about 70 percent of the project’s time and labor. The subgrade soil is graded and compacted next. A minimum of a 2 percent grade keeps water from collecting in the hardscaping and allows it to drain properly. Compacting the soil is extremely important before placing the hardscaping because it improves load bearing and prevents pavers from shifting around after installation.

Once the soil is prepared, edge restraints and bedding sand are put in place. Edge restraints prevent paver movement and bedding sand provides additional load bearing and drainage for the hardscaping. At this point, the pavers can be cut and placed. When all of the pavers are installed, a layer of polymeric sand is spread evenly over the pavers and pushed into the joints between the stones. Without joint sand, walkways are unable to settle and will wear down faster. A couple months after installation, the homeowner may have the installer come out and put a seal on the hardscaping to improve its color and prevent stains from occurring.

While there are many materials available for walkways, only concrete pavers, cobble stone and clay bricks offer a combination of durability and excellent aesthetics. Concrete pavers are the most versatile and are easy to repair if any are damaged. The damaged pavers can simply be removed and replaced with new pavers. Cobble stone may attract ants and weeds, but the stones themselves are extraordinarily durable, capable of sustaining many decades of wear. Clay bricks are ideal when placed near landscaping, but they may chip under constant wear.

All three are able to withstand harsh winters, though cobble stone and concrete pavers are particularly strong because they consist of high density stones. Unlike standard concrete and asphalt, concrete pavers, cobble stones and clay bricks are unlikely to crack under normal wear and tear or thermal expansion. This means the hardscaping will maintain its initial beauty for much longer. In the case of concrete pavers and cobble stone, this beauty can be preserved for generations.

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