Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Different Materials To Choose From When Having A Patio Professionally Installed

Cracked Stamped Concrete
Are you considering having a patio professionally installed? There are many different types of materials to choose from, however they don't all render the same results. Many websites list stamped concrete as a low cost alternative to individual brick pavers, but like the saying goes, "You get what you pay for." Even though stamped concrete achieves a look slightly similar to brick pavers, inferior durability and the level of difficulty when it comes to making repairs has a huge impact on the actual cost in the long run.

One of the most common materials for driveways, walkways, and patios is concrete. It's relatively low cost per square foot makes it an initially inexpensive option for homeowners. Not if, but when the concrete begins to crack is when the long term cost exceeds the cost of installing beautiful brick or stone pavers. Many cracks are a result of shrinkage, heavy loads, settlement, and weather changes. Once these cracks occur they're difficult to repair with an exact color match and the results are often unsightly.

Clay Brick Pavers
A homeowner will find none of these issues with individual pavers. Because each paver is individual, the natural joints between each brick will give with expansion, contraction, weight, and pressure, eliminating cracking associated with concrete pavement. Another great advantage to pavers is that they don't fade. In the event a paver does need to be replaced, the damaged one can be removed and a new individual paver can be put in its place without any color difference. Additionally, one of our professionals can create a unique custom design with pavers that compliments the architectural style of any home, unlike with basic concrete.

For more information on the benefits of using individual pavers for your driveway, walkway, or patio, contact Houston area Laird Landscaping at 281-578-2795 or online at

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