A variety of paving choices

No one type of paving will meet an individual’s specifications 100 per cent. Here are some points that you will want to take into consideration before making a final decision:

1. Surface Texture: Does it provide a pleasant feeling under-foot or is it too rough? Is it soft enough for young children to play on, yet solid enough for fast-moving games? What type of drainage will be required?

2. Appearance: Will the color, pattern, or texture blend in with the other surroundings and other surfaces?

3. Durability: What will weather do to it? How much of your time will be required to keep it looking nice? Do you want temporary paving or one that is long-lasting?

4. Cost: Are the materials expensive or moderately priced? Can you save on costs by doing the job yourself? Are there any hidden costs such as changes in natural drainage or increased property tax valuation?

5. Application: If you want to do the job yourself, is the paving a material you can handle? Do you have to transport the materials yourself? How long will it take you to do the job? What weather conditions are the most suitable for installation?

6. Maintenance: How easy will the paving be to clean? Does it require constant raking, sweeping, or hosing? Will weeds grow through it?

Gravel of varied colors, separated by redwood edgings, makes decorative shapes.

Beach pebbles arranged in the bottom of a shallow pool simulate a natural pond.

Redwood rounds set in 2-in. Gravel leads to entry; area sprayed with weed killer.

Crushed rock path is separated from the loose coarse-gravel bed by wood edging.

Broken tile set in concrete in fan-shaped pattern gives a rich color and texture.

Flat, smooth stones pressed into mortar separate the stone-like concrete sections.

Wood blocks are made from sections of old heavy timbers, set with end-grain up.

Concrete blocks are given a light broom-brushed surface; Irish moss in between.

Buff bricks keep enclosed patio bright. Jack-on-iack pattern needed no cutting.

Simulated block paving created by filling scored lines in wet concrete with mortar.

Crushed rock pressed into tinted concrete blocks gives paving sparkled effect.

Large pebbles are seeded in concrete strip running between two smooth areas.

Flagstones are set on hard ground; the joints are planted with creeping thyme.

Brick edging separates asphalt driveway from built-up flower bed and garden area.

Exposed aggregate, edged with cobbled paving wide enough for a garden bench.

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