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Paving the Way

Roasting marshmallows in your fire pit, enjoying a glass of wine on your patio, or simply relaxing with friends & family in your garden are all ways that you can enjoy your yard. Nowadays, the back yard has become an extension of the home and the popularity of using concrete pavers in landscapes continues to be on the rise. From patios, to walkways and even fire pits, it’s no wonder concrete pavers have become one of the top choices for all external paving needs. Today’s pavers offer the homeowner numerous benefits. Here are some of the reasons concrete pavers are so popular today:

Flexibility
In addition to walls, patios and walkways, pavers can be used for edging, entryways, driveways, poolside, in borders, tree rings, planters and more. Whatever your project requires and whatever your taste, pavers provide versatility in material, function, and design.

Limitless Design Possibilities

When it comes to design, the sky’s the limit. There is no end to the architectural style, shape, and pattern possibilities of concrete pavers. Their various shapes, textures, sizes and colors allow for variety of patterns. Pavers can replicate the look of stone, brick, tile or cobblestone. They are also available in vast assortment of colors, including chocolate brown, terracotta, sandy gold, rust, dusty grey, white pewter, and more. They can be used horizontally or vertically, straight or curved or combine multiple patterns to create a one-of-a-kind look.

Installation
Concrete pavers are relatively easy to install and most projects can be completed with a few tools. Tightly fitted, uniform pavers are placed over a sand bed and a compacted aggregate base. Because most are loose-laid (installed without mortar), installation is quick and most projects are ready for use as soon as the project is complete.

Durability & Strength
Three times stronger than poured concrete, pavers can withstand harsh weather conditions. Pavers move together with the earth below, so damage and cracking is far less frequent as compared to poured concrete. Additionally, stained or broken pavers can be easily replaced.

Low Maintenance
Pavers are easy to care for. With regular sweeping, occasional rinsing, and intermittent coating or sealing depending on the material, pavers will endure and remain strong for years to come. And, they're less likely to shift and crack in colder climates than a solid slab.

Safety
Non-slip pavers can be installed poolside, in walkways, patios or any other location in the landscape.

Permeable
Storm water will filter through rather than running off. This is a real benefit to homeowners living on or near waterways.

Investment
Hardscape features will not only add interest to your existing landscape but will increase the value of your home and can minimize softscape and turf areas that need to be maintained.

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Join us at our year-round Virginia Beach location, 1144 Independence Blvd this Saturday August 11th at 10am, for a complimentary hardscape workshop and design seminar. Workshop features the NEW Essex stone along with tips on how you can bring a whole new look of elegance to your outdoor space. Whether it's a new patio, walkway or garden path, the irregular shape and slate-like texture of Essex stone lends the feel of a natural stone inlay. Free admission.

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