Is there still time to undertake one or two home improvement projects before the snow falls? Absolutely! One project that people are considering more and more is a paved walkway, whether in front of their house, in the backyard, in the garden, or even weaving all the way around. These walkways can be very functional, and can also provide a valuable aesthetic lift to your home.
But what kind of pavement should you consider for your potential new walkway? Here are four materials to consider:
Asphalt is still a popular choice for walkways, even though other options have been lauded as more stylish. Why? Well, for starters, asphalt itself is fairly stylish. Why else would so many homeowners choose it for their driveways? It’s also very inexpensive, very easy to maintain, and most asphalt installation projects (especially something as small as a walkway) can be ordered and completed in a very short amount of time.
Concrete walkways will probably never go out of style, even though other styles may come and go. The reasons for this are quite simple. It looks great (most sidewalks are paved with concrete), it’s harder and more durable than asphalt, and it can last up to three decades with very little maintenance. Sure, concrete may cost a little more than asphalt, but for many homeowners, it’s absolutely worth it.
The popularity of brick walkways has exploded in recent years, as many homeowners seek ways to make their property look more unique from the outside, and add to their curb appeal. Whatever the reasons, there’s no arguing the fact that brick-paved walkways can be very attractive in appearance — especially when you get into the intricate designs and patterns that many people choose. The downside? Brick pavers can be difficult to install with precision, and are not nearly as durable as concrete or asphalt pavement. Still, brick is a compelling choice for many homes and businesses.
Bigger pieces of flagstone or smaller “cobble” stones are possible when it comes to this kind of pavement for your walkway. Both looks can be timeless and classic when done by a reputable expert, and the staggered or “irregular” appearance is attractive to many homeowners and potential home buyers. That said, stone pavers present similar drawbacks as brick. Getting the job done right can be difficult unless you have a really talented paving specialist (or unless you yourself are a talented DIY paver). Questions of longevity and durability will also come into play.
Getting the results you’ve always wanted
When you set out on a paved walkway project, you probably have a certain idea of the finished project in your head. And you want to find a reputable, honest company who’s going to work closely with you to make these dreams a reality. Not all pavement companies will be able to handle all four types of pavement listed above, but the truly reputable ones will always give you expert advice and guidance when you talk to them, whether or not you end up signing a contract.