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Paver Driveway Inspiration

Your driveway is the first thing people will see when they walk or drive up to your home. Unilock offers many design ideas for spicing up your driveway project that will add instant curb appeal. Whether you are replacing crumbling stones or considering a more permeable alternative, paver driveways have many advantages over other options. Choosing the right kind of paver for your driveway project is an investment that will set your home apart from the rest of your neighborhood.
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Identifying the right driveway paver

Driveways are subject to more abuse than you realize. From people and vehicles, to equipment and chemicals such as de-icing salts like sodium chloride in the winter, driveways take a real beating. Unilock paving stones are up to two to three times stronger than poured concrete, and outperform other paving surfaces such as asphalt, stamped concrete and other mixed materials. Unilock Elegance pavers in particular are manufactured with the added durability to repel dirt, oil and stain resistance, while still showcasing our premium styles and textures.

Complement the design of your home

A Unilock driveway will not only enhance the curb appeal of your home, but will demonstrate your pride in ownership through an array of fabulous designs. It’s important to consider which materials you will use that will complement the pre-existing features of your home, without sacrificing design aesthetics or function. A Unilock Authorized Contractor can help you with choosing the right colors to help design your outdoor project, and ensure your driveway will be the talk of the town.

Customize paver designs to make your driveway pop

Unilock paving stones offer an endless array of patterns and accents. Design your driveway with elegant edged paver borders and eye-popping colors to showcase your creative flare and style. Consider adding vertical features like garden walls, planters and pillars to further enhance the beauty of your driveway.

An environmentally friendly alternative

Homeowners looking for an ecologically friendly alternative are considering permeable driveway pavers. These pavers are designed with a wider gap between the stones to allow rainwater to drain into the ground naturally to prevent surface flooding. Unilock is the first company in North America to introduce and offer a wide selection of permeable pavers to choose from. Permeable pavers are not only a greener choice, but are a beautiful addition to your outdoor design project.

Ditch the shovel and install a heated driveway

Heavy snowfall or ice can be a hassle, and shovels or snowplows with metal blades can cause wear and tear on your driveway over time. Thankfully, there are cost-effective solutions, such as installing a heated driveway, that are available. Although Unilock does not produce these systems, consider discussing your desire to have one installed with your Unilock Authorized Contractor before your driveway is completed.

Light the way with paver lighting

When it comes to safety and wayfinding, landscape lighting has practical applications beyond just being aesthetically beautiful. A good method to light up your driveway at night and add efficiency and ambiance to your outdoor space is to install path lights along the driveway's perimeter or even directly into the pavers.

Edge restraints secure your design

Edge restraints are essential on your driveway project as they ensure that pavers do not shift out of place from vehicle or pedestrian traffic. The foundation wall or the sill of the garage serve as some form of edge restraint for the majority of projects, but edge restraint is required in all other locations. Consider an invisible edge system spiked into the base; it is a simple method that can also aid in optimizing your design.

Elevate your driveway design with ultra-modern products

When it comes to choosing the right types of pavers for your home, one area of inspiration to consider is your home’s architecture. Take into consideration the color tones and exterior paneling of your home, whether brick or wood, to help guide your driveway design. Pavers with a grey or white hue are extremely popular in modern home designs. Our Elegance line of pavers, including Courtstone and Copthorne in our Basalt tone, have proven to be an excellent choice as a driveway accent border. Check out our Products page to determine which pavers are designed for driveway applications.

Choose a laying pattern for your classic driveway design

When designing your driveway, a remarkable laying pattern can be all the difference to boosting your home’s curb appeal. A traditional herringbone pattern is a great option for driveways because of how well the interlocking design resists shifting when subjected to tire pressure.

Defining design spaces with circular driveways

Large circular driveway projects offer a special opportunity to make use of a number of paving selections. Driveway pavers can be used to designate parking places, create borders around the driveway, and direct traffic around the area. This eases the transition from one product choice to the next. No matter how you choose to separate the design of your driveway, it's important to balance practicality with aesthetic beauty if you want to improve the curb appeal of your property.

Connect your driveway and front entrance with ease

Your driveway serves not only the purpose of a space for parking your car, but it also connects to your front walkway or front entrance directly. When creating a driveway, it's important to choose a variety of pavers that will not only fulfill that purpose but effectively connect two areas. Work with your Authorized Contractor to establish how similar color tones, border and laying patterns and other design aspects might complement one another to produce a very stunning extension of the home.

Maintaining your Unilock driveway pavers

Choosing a Unilock product is an investment in quality. With the best of both worlds in terms of aesthetic beauty and functionality, our pavers now offer a greater level of quality than ever thanks to our proprietary range of product technologies. Care and maintenance for your pavers is paramount, so there are a few things you need to keep in mind when it comes to maintaining your pavers for a lifetime.

Spring into action to tackle seasonal stains

Dirt and leaf stains can be a pain in the Spring and Fall months, especially when they leave stains on your pavers. Using a power washer on a low setting from a distance, as well as a stiff broom with gentle bristles can help in cleaning annoying stains. Avoid using wire brushes as these may damage the surface of your pavers.

Tackling ice buildup on your driveway

Wintertime paver maintenance can be difficult, especially when the weather is not on your side. You should exercise caution when dealing with ice to make sure you are using the proper de-icing solutions. Sodium chloride (otherwise known as rock salt) is a popular de-icing salt, and is widely accessible. An alternative solution is installing a permeable driveway. Permeable pavers absorb rainwater back into the subsoil, which helps ensure liquid does not settle and ultimately freeze on the surface of your driveway.

Clean and seal your Unilock driveway

It’s virtually impossible to avoid staining or minor spills at some point in your driveway’s lifespan, but there are ways to maintain your driveway when events like these occur. Efflorescence, for example, is a white powdery substance that will sometimes appear on the surface following the installation of a new driveway. Sometimes, a simple soap and water solution can make all the difference.

Additionally, the best solution to protecting your driveway is to seal it. Applying a sealant can aid in maintaining the stone's natural beauty by preventing algae growth, acid erosion, and salt damage, and is typically done every 3 to 5 years. Speak to your Authorized Contractor to determine the best sealing products to use for your paver selection. Note that some of our products come with EasyClean technology built into the paver, which is a special top coating that ensures efficient stain protection.

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