At OnGrowing Works, we always want our clients to make informed choices about the elements they’re including in their outdoor spaces, and when it comes to paving stones, there are many different types. If you’re considering incorporating paving stones into your landscape this summer, keep reading and use this article as your starting point.
Paving stone types
First things first: what are the different types of paving stones? Precast concrete paving stone is the most commonly used and cost-effective variation, and it comes in many different shapes, sizes and colours. However, depending on your needs, you may consider green pavers which allow grass to grow in between them and handle vehicle traffic, if required. Then there’s rubber or plastic pavers that grip well and are fall resistant, but trap heat which means they may flex if they get too warm. Many people prefer natural paving stone with marble, sandstone or granite cut into it because they are not only aesthetically pleasing, but allow for movement which is crucial during Calgary’s cold winter months and when there’s frost on the ground. Compared to precast concrete paving stones, natural stone is both less prone to cracking and easier to maintain or replace, if needed, making it an ideal choice for many homeowners.
Consider your goals
While some paving stones seem to have more benefits than others, your choice must be based on your goals. If you’re largely driven by aesthetics, go the natural stone route. Driven by utility instead? Choose a less expensive option such as asphalt or concrete. Want something aesthetically pleasing, but don’t have the budget for natural stone? Look into precast options. Don’t ever worry because there is a paving stone out there for every person and every space.
Permeable vs. non-permeable paving stone
OnGrowing Works is committed to protecting the environment and its natural water cycle. For this reason, we always suggest that our customers consider permeable paving stone options. By filling the spaces in between the paving stones with small stones and environmentally friendly sealant, water can run into the ground and replenish groundwater supplies. Maintenance is minimal and simply requires that the permeable paving stones be kept uncovered by organic matter to prevent the growth of weeds and the attraction of bugs.
If you still have questions about paving stones or are interested in discussing which option is best for your needs, contact us to chat.
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