Unique Landscaping Materials: Paving Options

Posted on: 12 November 2014

When it comes to your landscaping project, you want your design and materials to be as unique and full of personality as you are. However, you may not know where to start in pursing this unique style aesthetic. One place that you can start is with the paving aspect of your project. Whether it be a new driveway, sidewalk, walking path, patio, or garden border, there are a variety of opportunities for you to customize the paving in your landscaping project. All you need to do is know what options are available to you, and get to work as soon as possible. You will have the unique and customized look that you have been searching for in no time.

Interlocking Concrete Pavement

Are you looking to get the classic appearance of cobblestone without paying the hefty price? Then look no further than interlocking concrete pavement tiles (also know as interlocking concrete pavers). These tiles closely resemble cobblestone, but come in at a fraction of the cost. 

These interlocking concrete pavement tiles come in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles to help give your landscaping a unique and elegant look, no matter what your desired style. Additionally, if you are environmentally conscious, these are also available in a permeable variety.

This simply means that small gaps between the pavers (known as joints) are filled with small rocks to maintain appearance and to allow water to soak through and down into the soil beneath the interlocking concrete pavers. This prevents rainwater runoff that can collect contaminants and debris that pollutes the water supply.

For more information about this option, contact Pro Pavingstone Inc. or a similar company.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile is another viable outdoor "flooring" or paving option. It is an extremely hard, rigid tile that stands up to harsh weather conditions quite well. This is another versatile paving choice as well. 

Porcelain tiles can be designed to greatly resemble natural stone and come in a variety of tile sizes. However, porcelain tile can sometimes be difficult to install and require a concrete base to be installed underneath to attach it to. The process of setting the tile can also be quite tricky and time-consuming.

Slate Tile

Slate is a high-density durable natural stone option for outdoor paving. It has excellent longevity and if properly cared for, will not need to be replaced often. 

However, slate also has a few drawbacks. Slate has been known to have cosmetic problems due to the "softness" of the stone. It is easily stained, scuffed and scratched. And being outdoors, this stone will be exposed to many elements that could easily damage the look of your stone tiles. Slate may also peel and flake as a result of exposure to a great deal of moisture.

Now that you know some of the unique landscaping materials available to you, all you need to do is select the option that best suits your needs and your style. The paving material that you choose will set the tone for the rest of your landscaping design.