Many homeowners put a lot of time, effort, and money into updating and decorating their interior living spaces; so when they turn their eyes outward, the natural inclination is to create outdoor living space that’s just as beautiful, practical, and high-quality. One of the biggest questions is: which material is right for your Cold Spring, NY hardscaping project?
Poured concrete is a common choice for hardscapes and can be used to create an industrial look. However, poured concrete does not stand up well to freeze-thaw cycles or chemicals, which can lead to cracking or degradation. In addition, repairs to poured concrete can be unsightly, and to achieve a flawless surface after damage has taken place, the surface will need to be replaced. By contrast, concrete pavers, such as Richcliff from Unilock, can be lifted individually and replaced without any sign of repair. Richcliff is also up to four times as strong as poured concrete.
Wood is commonly used for decks, as well as creating a spa-like atmosphere around hot tubs. Wood requires a lot of upkeep. So for areas where a wood texture is desired, consider a substitute such as the wood appearances offered by Unilock Porcelain Tile. Unilock porcelain is imported from Europe and offers the stunning textures, colors and look of materials as diverse as marble, travertine, and various styles of wood.
Loose is often used on walkways and driveways, and less commonly in seating areas. It’s a more rustic look that works exceptionally well in ultra-modern settings – usually when combined with concrete pavers, such as Umbriano. It’s a versatile material, although care must be taken to prevent weeds or grass from growing through, and should be used in combination with reliable pavers.
Brick is a traditional material used for centuries to pave roads, courtyards, drives, alleyways, and paths. The brick style works well in any setting, thanks to varieties in color and laying patterns. However, as a durable alternative, brick-style pavers, such as Copthorne and Town Hall from Unilock offer superior strength and durability, thanks to innovative modern enhancements. Copthorne and Town Hall pavers are equipped with Ultima Concrete Technology, making them up to four times stronger than poured concrete. They also offer long-lasting colors thanks to EnduraColor Facemix Technology. Town Hall is also compatible with permeable installation methods, making it an excellent option for managing stormwater runoff.
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Natural stone is natural quarried stone used for rich, authentic hardscapes. Unilock Premium Quality Natural Stone is available in Limestone and Sandstone that has been imported from all over Asia and Europe. These natural stone options are protected and enhanced using a variety of surface treatments for increased strength, durability and beauty.
Unilock concrete pavers are precision cast to ensure dimensional accuracy for ease of installation. Pavers come in a huge variety of colors and sizes and can be used in every hardscape application from pool decks to driveways. They require far less maintenance than most other materials. Many homeowners will mix several types of pavers to achieve a unique custom look. The range of concrete pavers offered by Unilock is diverse and will allow you to achieve the appearance of materials such as flagstone, granite, and brick, with pavers such as Beacon Hill Flagstone, Series, and Copthorne respectively. Unilock concrete pavers therefore provide the perfect base for creating a magnificent hardscape.
The title image features a Beacon Hill Flagstone patio with Copthorne accents.