Why Concrete Pavers Are Better for Driveways and Patios

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Here in Massachusetts and throughout New England we have some pretty extreme weather. From the heavy rains of spring, to the heat and humidity of summer, right on through the cold snows of winter, our homes are subject to punishing extremes! For homeowners who have asphalt or concrete driveways, these weather extremes can wreak havoc and require you to reseal or resurface your driveway every two or three years which is not only time-consuming, but can also be expensive.

Today, many homeowners are opting to have their paved driveways replaced with hardscape materials that require little maintenance and can go a long way towards elevating the aesthetic appeal of their home while adding functionality, improving aesthetics and adding value when it’s time to sell.

The Benefits of Concrete Pavers

Your home is your sanctuary and you’ve worked hard to create an environment of comfort and aesthetic beauty. Your driveway is the first contact visitors have with your home when they arrive and is a sort of threshold. A hardscape driveway can dress up your exterior and provide a source of pride every time you drive in. Concrete pavers are designed to withstand the harsh New England weather and require little more maintenance than the occasional pressure washing.

Some of the products we carry like Unilock, Techo-Bloc and other pavers are specifically designed to stand up to the harsh weather, including de-icing and salt products used in the winter. They are manufactured with color throughout the stone for longevity and mimic natural stone for an organic, natural look. As we all strive to live “greener” more sustainable lives, concrete pavers are an ecologically sound choice. Permeable pavers from companies like Unilock, are designed to help divert water back into the ground which prevents flooding, and because they are made from eco-friendly materials do not leach harmful chemicals into ground water like asphalt. Unilock Select pavers even offer premium styles and textures that can repel oil and dirt!

Choosing the Right Product

Choosing the right product for your driveway is an important decision. There are two criteria to consider when choosing the best product to meet your needs. First, what kind of use is your driveway subject to? Do you have multiple vehicles, frequent visitors or equipment (like a boat) parked in your space? Do you simply shovel your driveway in winter, or will your pavers be subject to de-icing chemicals or road salt? All these factors should figure into your final decision.

The second factor to consider is aesthetics. Your hardscape driveway adds the curb appeal and value of your home. It’s a great way to demonstrate your pride of ownership. As you explore the many options of materials, textures, and shapes that are available to you, try to augment, compliment or copy any architectural focal points and features of your home’s exterior.

Today the range of materials available allows you to add a border, accent or even a custom design like a monogram to your driveway. Concrete pavers are perfect for creating these applications. Unilock even offers luminescent NighTec pavers which are not only practical for night parking, but are visually and aesthetically appealing.

If you’d like to learn more about your options and the many products available, give one of our Old Station Outdoor and Landscape team members a call. We stock a wide selection of products from manufacturers like Unilock, Techo-Bloc and others . Let us help you to pick the perfect material to meet your needs and come up with a design that can bring your home’s exterior to the next level of sophistication, functionality and luxury!

2017-05-02T09:28:04+00:00 December 5th, 2016|What's New|

About the Author:

Emerson Martins is the owner of Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply and has over 15 years of experience in the hardscape business. After owning his own hardscape company, he opened Old Station in October 2013. Emerson envisioned a place where both homeowners and contractors could shop, receive supreme customer service, and see their home or business projects come to life. Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply is that destination. Emerson treats all his customers with the same high quality level of service he likes to receive. Many landscape supply yards treat the homeowner like an outsider, but at Old Station everyone is welcome. Emerson takes the time sit down with the homeowner and go over step-by-step how to complete their specific project. He will advise on topics large and small such as how far they should dig down in the ground and what kind of base they need, or the best kind of polymeric sand to use and how to use it. Or if a homeowner is having trouble picking out a paver for a project, Emerson will be there to listen and recommend which product will best suit their needs—no project is too small for his consultation. At Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply, we pride ourselves on our referrals. Rest assured, we will recommend the best, qualified contractor for your job through our Contractor Referral Program. Better prices, more options, and superior service. The knowledgeable staff at Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply will provide you the finest service and assist you in achieving your outdoor home or business goals. We look forward to serving your hardscape and landscape needs.