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15 Best Paving Ideas for Your Home

You want aesthetic beauty, luxury, and durability for your home. Your front entrance, driveway, and backyard reflect your personal tastes and serve as heavily trafficked zones for your family and friends. There are many types of asphalt, concrete, and interlocking pavers design ideas that will provide protection and elegance. What are some of the top trending ideas for 2020?

Elegant Entranceways

Your driveway design creates an experience for your guests. The entryway tells your visitors a little something about you. The different types of asphalt and concrete driveways foretells what they should expect when they enter your home.

Here are just a few of this year’s top trending designs for your home’s overall landscape:

  1. Enormous, long-winding entryways lined with gorgeous foliage and graceful curves
  2. Merging the driveway with the natural landscape with sweeping organic shapes and complementing softscape
  3. Beautiful customized concrete paver designs, both durable and full of absolute luxury
  4. Enjoy the timeless hardiness of natural-looking stone and aesthetics
  5. Circular asphalt driveway with high-end lighting and design
  6. Geometric minimalist driveways with both functionality and a clean aesthetic
  7. Intricate paver driver patterns that correspond to exterior accent walls, stonework, and pillars
  8. Waterside interlocking driveways and pathways with color mixing

Backyard Luxury

When you step out your back door, you want to enter a beautiful oasis of relaxation and luxury. Work with your contractor to develop a durable yet elegant aesthetic that will last for years yet provide an artistic style that complements your unique tastes and lifestyle.

Here are the top trends for patio and backyard design for 2020:

  1. Beautiful pathway paver staircases with low retaining wall leading to a beautiful patio area
  2. Natural-looking simple grid-patterned patio in multiple organic colors and simplistic design
  3. Zen-inspired garden oasis with intricate paved stonework circular patterns and gorgeous foliage edging
  4. Luxurious waterfront patios lined with succulents and native plants
  5. Charcoal hued pavers with clean modern patio surface, sleek lines, and simple geometry
  6. Beautiful stone pathways lined with luscious plants and flowers
  7. Corner patios with paved walkways, complete with fire pit

Call our talented professionals today about finding the right backyard design, driveway, and patio design for your home. Our seasoned designers will help you fit your unique personal style. Contact us today.

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How to Redirect Water Runoff with Pavers

Water damages your foundation, landscaping, walkways, and more. How can you reduce water runoff with paver drainage? Avoid the damage caused by poorly designed yards with custom pavers. What do you need to know to avoid water runoff?

How Pavers Reduce Water Runoff

Can pavers reduce water runoff for your home? How does paver drainage work? The materials leave gaps to make the area much more porous. Pavers make the area look much more attractive while also reducing water runoff damage considerably. When you install pavers like a patio or walkway, you can alter the overall slope of your surface. This will help adjust water runoff away from your home.

Can I Install Pavers Myself?

If you are a capable DIY homeowner, installing pavers will be a long job, but doable. If you cannot install pavers, have time limitations, or physical limitations, calling a professional installer will save you time and hassle. This job involves a lot of lifting and digging, which means that you need to be in top physical health to complete the job yourself.

To install your own pavers, you need to outline the area with the water runoff using ground stakes. Dig the soil six inches deep plus the thickness of pavers. Add a couple of inches of gravel to space. Pack it down. Add another two inches of gravel on the side that needs to be higher.

You need to keep checking the slope. Ideally, you need a drop of half an inch for every four feet. Keep filling in and removing gravel as you go. Add two inches of sand once you are finished with altering the slope.

Now it’s time to place the pavers. Start at the beginning and work your way until the entire area is filled. Stagger rows, leaving a small gap between pavers. Edge the pavers with metal landscape edging. Add sand to the surface and sweep it across to fill in the cracks. Hose it all down. Check the water. It should be sloping away from your home.

Call the Professionals

Installing pavers can be a long and daunting process. Call our experienced professionals today. We are happy to help you install a new paver patio or sidewalk. Contact us.

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Can I paint my brick pavers?

Homeowners choose brick pavers for driveways, patios, and walkways. The attractive patterns have low maintenance and sidewalk repair. Why would you want to paint brick pavers? Some homeowners want to touch up the brick pavers or add an extra layer of protection through the stain-resistant coating. In other cases, a homeowner may want to change the overall look of the sidewalk by changing its color entirely. How can you paint brick pavers?

Professional vs. Do-It-Yourself

While you can paint the brick pavers yourself, a professional will not only repaint the sidewalk but will inspect any issues that you might have with the pavers. They can offer sidewalk repair and pinpoint areas that might need replacement. Painting the brick pavers yourself takes time and dedication.

The Process

Before you begin to paint the sidewalk, be sure that you sweep away any grit. A broom or vacuum will get rid of any grit. Spray the sidewalk down. Be sure that the pavers are dry. You want to remove all dirt and grime from the sidewalk. If you do not, you will end up sealing any dirt under the paint.

Additionally, check the weather forecast. You don’t want to paint the walkway on a day with heavy precipitation. Try to plan properly for your painting. If you think you need to stretch the project over a few days, then be sure that rain or snow is not in the forecast. Because you are working with turpentine, be sure to use safety gloves, goggles, and mask.

  1. Stir paint
  2. Dilute paint with 20% mineral turpentine
  3. Apply coats with short-nap roller or paintbrush
  4. Let coat dry before applying next coat

After you finish painting the brick pavers, be sure to clean the brushes properly. Rinse the brushes, rollers, and stirrers with turpentine. After they dry rinse them again with water.

 A Lifetime of Beauty

Brick pavers are durable and attractive. They add to the overall home value and have a unique artistic aesthetic. Adding a coat of paint makes older pavers look like new while also adding an additional protective coat.

The Benefits of Permeable Pavers

The Benefits of Permeable Pavers

Why choose permeable pavers for your yard?  They’re a wonderful choice for adding or modifying your hardscape architecture.  For reasons both aesthetic and ecological, they’re often your best choice.  Here are just a few of the many benefits of permeable pavers:

Surface Water Management

The key is in the name, here – “permeable”.  Permeable pavers allow water to penetrate its surface and seep down into the ground.  That’s a natural and environmentally sensitive way to handle the issue of standing water, which can damage patios, walkways and the like.  Any sort of sustainable installation needs to handle that runoff well, and using permeable pavers reduces runoff pollution.  It’s an environmentally-friendly choice!

Cooler Surfaces

Because pavers allow the water to filtrate into the ground, they are cooler than comparable impervious surfaces.  Asphalt or concrete on a hot summer’s day can become very hot indeed; permeable pavers will often be several degrees cooler in the summer.  You can add to that effect by picking light-colored pavers; that will also help reflect sunlight and heat, reducing the ambient temperature even further.

Aesthetics

Plain old concrete can be boring to look at – though stamped concrete options do exist.  Asphalt can be high maintenance and crack – great for a driveway, but not so great for your backyard.  Pavers, however, come in a wide variety of styles, colors and patterns, and their installation can take many different forms and shapes.  No matter what design you have in mind for your backyard, permeable pavers can help add that little extra aesthetic spark to it.

Epic Paving has been adding distinguished elegance to properties with interlocking stones for over 20 years, and you’ll be amazed at the quality of our workmanship.  We’ll help you pick the right pavers and design that fits your plan and budget.  From the moment we start on the sub-base to the final stages of cleanup, we take every possible step to leave your property with a great-looking (and exceptionally durable) feature.