Before beginning an outdoor project, you will be thinking about why you’re getting it done in the first place; whether it be for functionality, durability, specific walking areas or just aesthetics – certain pavers are more applicable for specific situations.
There are a few considerations to take into account before deciding.
What is the size of the area?
This is a great place to start as it will give you an idea of what sort of pavers will be best applicable. There are so many patterns and shapes of pavers, so its good to consider how many cuts and what will work best for your area – cutting more pavers will be much more time consuming and may look different to desired effect depending on your area.
Some small tips are choose a colour that you will be happy with in the long haul and you are sure you wont tire of, and also if it’s a small area it may be better to use larger pavers to appear a bigger area.
How often will the area be utilized?
You must consider the frequency of use of the paved area and what sort of use. If this area is going to be for a path to a shed out of sight then the quality wont be as important as per say a brand new entertaining area which will be at the forefront of activity and viewing – in these conditions we recommend a high quality paver such as a porcelain paver/tile. If being used around the pool, it is important to consider a product that is non slip and can stand the exposure to saline or pool related chemicals.
How much do you want to spend?
This is a serious question to consider before starting any project – it is important to decide of a budget. If you want champaign on a beer budget your expectations may fall short of your outcome – our advice is to be realistic with what you want and work within your means. It’s also much easier for designers and building companies to work with a budget. Remember good work isn’t cheap and cheap work isn’t good.
Is the area for humans or vehicles?
This is something that DIY jobs can frequently get wrong and can be a very costly mistake to make. If the new paved area is a driveway or will be frequently driven on it is imperative that the pavers are at least 50mm thick and of a smaller variety to ensure they do not crack or break. If it is on pedestrian use the pavers can essentially be whatever format you desire, just depends on desired style and area size.
Are Pavers the right way to go?
This is a curveball of a question, and it is true that you don’t necessarily need to use pavers in your area of work. There are a few different styles around these days that can be used for driveways, entertaining floor areas or walking paths. For instance crazy paving is coming back into style at the moment, decking is always a good idea (besides for vehicle use) or even exposed aggregate concrete. This all will vary on what your desired outcome is, budget and size of area.