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Paver Walkway Inspiration

The purpose of a walkway is typically to connect your driveway to your front entry or your front yard to your backyard. However, its function and purpose does not end there. Unilock has several paver walkway ideas to spruce up the path to your home in a beautiful way.
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Think outside the box with stunning pavers

Which two existing spaces are you looking to connect? Perhaps it’s your driveway to your front entrance. In this case, don’t feel you need to pick the identical product or color from your driveway. There’s nothing wrong with that per se, but consider thinking outside the box. Unilock offers several paver options that will not only complement your overall design but add visual interest.

Paver patterns and borders that bring your walkway to life

If your driveway or front entrance contain darker inset borders, consider doing the same with your walkway to create a harmonious design. Our high-end Elegance™ pavers have been used to design beautiful paver rugs that create stunning visual contrast and can disrupt simple paver patterns. One unique trick that’s proven popular for walkway designs is the use of angled laying patterns that guide visitors toward the front door. This not only creates interest, but naturally draws the eye.

Endless design possibilities

Because your walkway is one-of-a-kind, don't be afraid to experiment with patterns and styles. Do you prefer the look of a curved walkway to match the architecture of your home? How about decorative pillars or retaining walls lined with planters or patio lanterns? For a more permeable option, consider laying stepping stones with grass or river rock in between. Or create a focal point in the middle of your walkway with a water feature to add a touch of zen to your outdoor space. The world is your oyster, and whichever design you decide on, have fun with it while ensuring it reflects your personal taste.

Permeable pavers represent sustainability at its finest

Looking to design a sustainable, environmentally-friendly walkway? Look no further than our extensive line of permeable pavers. Permeable pavers are designed with special spacer bars, that allow rainwater to flow freely between the gaps and drain back into the subsoil. This is incredibly vital not only for storm water management, but for preventing pollutants from being carried off into storm drains and back into lakes and rivers. Unilock is the first company in North America to introduce and offer a wide selection of permeable pavers to choose from. Some municipalities may offer tax-saving benefits to encourage the use of permeable applications.

Illuminate your walkway with paver lighting

A walkway serves a function so much as to guide you from one outdoor space to another. But what if you are walking at night? If you’re lighting a walkway that leads to your backyard, it is possible there will be limited light sources to guide people there. Landscape lighting along your Unilock walkway will not only provide a welcoming atmosphere, but it will also protect you from potential trip hazards.

Secure your walkway with edge restraints

Edge restraints can ensure that pavers don’t shift, or “creep” out of place under the pressure of foot traffic on your front walkway. Most job sites have some form of edge restraint, like the foundational wall of a home or garage, but edge restraint is required in all other locations. An invisible edge system spiked into the base material is a simple method that can also aid in optimizing your design.

Walkway Maintenance Tips

Unilock is devoted to producing high-quality products that are built durable, flexible and showcase true beauty in every surface groove. Once your Unilock walkway has been installed, the next step is to care and keep your pavers looking as pristine as the day they were installed.

Tackle seasonal stains like a breeze

Depending on where you live, snow thaws and increasing wet conditions can lead to tracking dirt and mud stains across your pavers. Fortunately, it’s easy to clean your Unilock pavers. A stiff broom with gentle bristles, a soap and water solution or a power washer on a low setting can assist in cleaning pesky stains. We recommend ditching the wire brush, as the bristles may damage and scratch the surface of your pavers.

Keep ice and snow off your walkway

Wintertime paver maintenance can be difficult, especially when the weather is not on your side. Ice build-up on your walkway can lead to potential slips, trips and falls, especially if you are trying to climb a staircase. We advise using calcium-based products or sodium chloride (otherwise known as rock salt) when clearing ice buildup on your walkway. Avoid magnesium-based de-icing salt products as they are very aggressive and may cause damage to the surface of pavers. When clearing snow off your driveway, always use a plastic shovel or plastic blade guards on snow plows, as metal will also scratch the surface of pavers.

Clean and seal your Unilock walkway

Pre-sealed products have a protected surface that prevents algae and weed growth, acid erosion and salt damage. High-end pre-sealed products, like our EnduraColor™ line, feature a refined surface that resists the appearance of fading over time, while helping enhance the surface color of your walkway. If you choose to apply an after-market sealer, you typically want to re-seal every 3 to 5 years in order to keep your walkway protected for longer. Your Unilock Authorized Contractor can help determine the best sealing products for your walkway.

Don’t let cost cloud your paver decision

Did you know pavers typically only amount to 20% of the overall budget on any outdoor project? The rest of the cost of the project is mostly labor and other construction materials. Remember that the cheapest option is rarely the best option. Our Unilock pavers come in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors, so we know there is something that’ll fit your budget and match beautifully with your home. Our EnduraColor™ and Elegance™ products offer exceptional durability, color retention and are aesthetically pleasing in any outdoor space. Your friends and family will want to take a second trip up the walkway just to take in the view.

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