As homeowners, we are naturally proud of our homes. We know that the exterior creates a first and lasting impression, so what better way to make a great first statement than by finishing off our front yard with the perfect paved driveway. Not only does a well paved driveway make the perfect entrance, it also makes a huge difference in the functionality and durability of the space. Adding pavers to your yard is an investment that adds instant curb appeal and value to your home, and the design options are endless! As you set out on your driveway paving project in Canton or Akron, OH, take these tips into consideration to help aid you in the process.
Choosing an aesthetic
The first thing to take in consideration is the look you wish to create, and whether you already have existing paving to match or other stone features to color coordinate to. The amount of space that needs to be covered also plays a role in limiting your options. This affects your decision on the size of the individual pavers used, and which laying pattern you wish to integrate. As a complement to your existing home design you also need to think about accessorizing, customization and even personalizing your driveway by adding a border, accent or custom design. A practical yet great looking option to consider is Unilock’s luminescent NighTec pavers which are visually appealing and practical for parking at night.
Finding a balance of durability and design
Unilock offers a huge selection of paving stones of all shapes, colors and textures, so you’re sure to find a product to match your design. A great-looking driveway that doesn’t stand up to the rigors of traffic is of no use, however. Luckily, Unilock paver driveways aren’t just beautiful – they’re durable, able to withstand the abuse by vehicles, people, equipment and chemicals such as de-icing salt. They also outperform other paving surfaces such as asphalt, poured concrete and stamped concrete. The Select paver range even go as far to repel dirt, oil and chewing gum.
By their very nature, driveways cover a large section of land with hardscaping, which can lead to issues with rainwater runoff and flooding. To counteract this, Unilock offers a range of permeable pavers, specifically designed to be environmentally friendly by allowing rapid penetration of rainwater into the sub-base and subsoil.
Getting the right contractor for the job
There is nothing more important than having your paving installed correctly, and this is especially true for driveways, where the pavers are under more stress than other hardscaped areas. One of the advantages of using pavers over concrete is the flex technology, meaning they are designed to flex with the seasonal freeze-thaw cycles. To support this flex system, however, extensive excavation and the use of special free drainage material is required. It is therefore highly recommended to hire a qualified paving contractor, and, when working with Unilock products, to ensure that they are Unilock authorized.