The Beautiful, Bold Benefits of Concrete Pavers

Outdoor improvements top the lists of popular projects for homeowners. Choosing concrete pavers to create a driveway or new patio brings benefits beyond good looks. Benefits of using concrete pavers include the following:

  • Pavers are durable and long-lasting.
  • Pavers add creativity to the landscape with many colors, textures and patterns.
  • Pavers are easy to maintain.

Strength

The first thing the eye registers when you look at a concrete paver driveway is its beauty. But beneath the beauty lie the pavers, which are made of precast concrete that has a compressive strength of 8,000 psi (pounds per square inch) – that’s about three times stronger than a poured concrete surface. So homeowners enjoy a handsome upgrade to the driveway with the assurance that the surface is designed to withstand vehicle traffic and years of use.

Concrete Paver Driveway

Driveway built using the Anchor Kingston Plus™ Paving System

Patterns

Concrete pavers can be designed and installed to make a statement. Use different colored pavers to create zones or outdoor rooms. A contrasting color makes a striking border, also known as a sailor or soldier course, around the perimeter of the area. Paver circle kits can define a space such as an entry way, or create an intimate seating area with a fire pit in the center.

Concrete Paver Patio with Patterns

Patio built using the Anchor Slaton Plus™ Paving System

Pavers are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and in many colors that blend well with outdoor environments. You can also choose from a variety of textures. Tumbled pavers have softened edges and provide an appealing time-worn appearance. Traditionally styled pavers have a smooth texture and are versatile because they complement many environments. The newest concrete pavers have the beautiful texture of natural stone combined with a flat back for easy installation.

Create a theme

Concrete pavers are perfect for creating pathways that connect and define. Using pavers as a path to a fire pit or spa not only provides practical access but preserves previous space for plants.

Kingston-Steps

Steps built using the Anchor Kingston™ Paving System

In a yard with elevations, concrete pavers used as landings between staircases provide safe access to different elevations and create more space for seating or other uses on the slope.

Low Maintenance

Unlike wooden decks that require staining or ceramic or stone surfaces that may require sealing, concrete pavers require little maintenance. Occasional sweeping or spraying with a garden hose is all that’s needed for cleaning. If food or oil leaves a spot, use a pressure washer and a mild dishwashing detergent.  If an individual paver becomes broken, the unit can be easily replaced without a noticeable patch by removing the paver, re-grading and re-compacting the base and bedding sand and installing a new paver unit.

Installation

A key benefit of using pavers is that the newly-installed surface is ready to use immediately after installation; there’s no curing or drying time. Many homeowners prefer to hire a contractor who has experience installing pavers as well as the necessary equipment and labor force.  Do your research by calling several contractors to look at your proposed project and ask for references to contact after a design and bid have been submitted.

Pavers can also be installed by do-it-yourselfers. There are pavers, materials, tools and information available at major home centers and independent lawn and garden dealers. Check our website for a list of landscape retailers and dealers near you.

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Plan a Fall Landscaping Project

There’s plenty of great weather remaining in the Upper Midwest to complete and enjoy new landscaping projects. As you pack away the beach towels and wave to the school buses, consider these fall landscaping possibilities.

Spruce Up the Entry

Increase your home’s curb appeal in big and small ways. Start small by planting new perennials and adding seasonal, cool-weather plants like mums and pansies to transition your outdoor décor from summer to fall. Check out online resources for inspiration, like HGTV.com, which offers photos and ideas to inspire front yard creativity.

Hardscape products like pavers, columns and freestanding wall systems are a permanent way to make a great first impression. Front yard courtyards are great for seating and can be made using the Brisa® multipiece freestanding and retaining wall systems. Adding creative accents like columns, lighting, and coordinating pottery for annual plants pulls the space together for a unified look.

Beautiful Ground Cover    

Concrete paving systems are a durable, long-lasting way to improve a patio, driveway or walkway. Pavers are available in a variety of colors, textures and shapes, and many systems offer multiple sizes to create patterns.

Kingston Paver Driveway

Kingston™ paving system

Concrete pavers are manufactured to meet strength and durability requirements so they stand up well in harsh winter climates. For easy do-it-yourself paver installation instructions, visit Better Homes & Gardens.

Evening Warm-Up

There’s no better way to extend the use of your outdoor space beyond summer than with a fireplace. There are many styles and sizes available to warm up cool fall nights.

Stone Age Fire Place

Stone Age fireplace with Highland Stone® freestanding wall system

Stone Age fireplaces are modular kits that can be customized by size, shape, and choice of veneer options, including brick, pavers or natural stone. Fireplaces can be freestanding or integrated into a seating wall, with options such as storage space for wood or decorative mantles.

Fashion Meets Function

Every yard has a troublesome feature that stands between you and enjoyment. Here are some creative, attractive solutions to common landscaping challenges.

Change a hard-to-mow slope into a garden by installing terraced retaining walls.

Brisa retaining wall system

Brisa® retaining wall system

Add stairs to improve accessibility to all areas of the yard.

Diamond Stone Cut Retaining Wall

Diamond Stone Cut® retaining wall system

In low-lying areas, water pooling from poor drainage can make the space unusable. Take back the space and make it beautiful by installing pavers and retaining wall systems. Consider consulting a contractor or a landscape supply dealer to design and install a good drainage system.

Paver patio

Diamond Stone Cut® retaining wall system with Kingston™ paving system

Replace a worn or unattractive wooden deck with a raised patio and benefit from low-maintenance and extend your living area into the backyard.

Highland Stone freestanding wall system

Highland Stone® freestanding wall system

There’s plenty of warm weather left to realize your landscaping dreams.  For more information and to view our catalog, visit our website at www.anchorblock.com. Whatever inspiration you find to make your landscape dreams come true, click over to our Facebook page and tell us about your favorite projects.