The versatility of concrete has been proven again and again across multiple industries, be they construction related or decorative. Its application in the landscaping industry is just as essential with concrete pavers being the most versatile backyard element.
Pavers are popular because of their low maintenance requirements, incredible durability, and the design flexibility they offer. The concrete paver installation method results in a system that is resistant to the freeze/thaw cycles here in the Fishkill, NY area, offering a huge advantage over poured and stamped concrete patios. With manufacturers like Unilock pushing the industry forward in terms of product design, shapes, and styles, there is surely a paver for almost every outdoor living design.
However, choosing the right paving stone for you pool patio, driveway, or raised patio can be challenging. Let’s take a look at some key points to consider for homeowners in Poughkeepsie, Pleasant Valley, Hopewell Junction, and the surrounding Dutchess County region of NY.
PATIO PAVER STYLES
From old world style paver designs like Unilock’s Tribeca Cobble that take you back to antique roads and large town squares, to sleek, square slabs with tightly fitting joints that echo the styling’s of a modern NYC rooftop patio, concrete pavers can be used to meet any style preference. Choose a style of paver that not only suits your personal preferences, but that also works well with the style of your home. A great tip is to think of concrete pavers for your patios and pool decks the same way you would your indoor kitchen flooring tile. The principles at play are exactly the same and this approach will lead to a cohesive indoor/outdoor design.
COLORS OF PAVING STONES
Much like the shapes and textures above, concrete pavers are available in a large range of colors. Every manufacturer has a set of typical colors including greys, tans, reds, browns, and blues. If your looking for something more unique and style-forward, consider a Unilock concrete paver with an EnduraColor Plus finish offering sheen and class. Courtstone, Richcliff, and Town Hall are great examples of this type of paver finish.
Where and how your concrete pavers will be used is a very important aspect of making a great choice for your Poughkeepsie landscaping. For instance, many large format slabs that work great and look clean and crisp as a pool deck are not suitable for use as a driveway paver. So be sure to go over your exact project with a landscape professional in the Dutchess County area. A team member at Harmony Hill Landscaping in Fishkill, NY would be happy to help you with your selection.
AVAILABILITY OF PAVERS
Check for products that have a continuous production run and can be replaced with same or similar at a later stage. Keep in mind that color matches come in batches and future pavers may differ slightly when compared to the original installation. Adding a few extra square feet when purchasing your patio pavers is always a good idea as this ensures you’ll have replacement material available should the need ever arise.
PATIO PAVER MAINTENANCE
Purchase pavers from reputable manufacturers that have a proven track record and good quality control. Home Depot and Lowes carry lower quality concrete pavers and wall stone than a manufacturer such as Unilock right here in Brewster, NY. Also keep in mind that concrete is a porous material; ask about care and cleaning procedures when working with your Poughkeepsie landscaping contractor.