Choosing a walkway material

There is a great range of house walkway paving materials ranging from natural products like stone to man-made synthetics like cement-based aggregates. Since the walkway is one of the first things people notice about a walkway, the choice of paving material is one of the most important decisions one can make regarding their home.

While choosing the material most suitable for your walkway or Driveways, one must consider the cost of the materials. Homeowners need to take into account their paving budget before they decide what paving materials to use. One could go for affordable naturally occurring paving materials or for the expensive aesthetically pleasing synthetics. Depending on the nature of one’s walkway, a profess landscaper can help one determine which material will best suit their needs and budget.

The amount of labor needed for the installation of a walkway is a factor that should also be considered. Do you want to go for materials that you can easily put together by yourself with the use of little to no tools or do you want to go for materials that need to be put together by a professional. A look at one’s budget can help determine the nature of materials one should go for.

Maintenance. Before picking a material, one should consider its requirements in terms of maintenance. Do you need a walkway that will be durable and easy to clean? Go with natural stone. Do you need a walkway that will last with little to no maintenance? Go with slates or gravel. Some paving materials like limestone are susceptible to acid rain and this should be taken into consideration.

The amount of foot traffic. Is the walkway going to be used frequently? Are a lot of people going to use the walkway? Some paving materials wear with time and considering the nature of foot traffic to be experienced, one can decide which materials to be used. For example, in the case of stone, since they appear in several shapes and sizes, one should choose stone with at least two inches thickness. This stone thickness can support heavy foot traffic.

The area the paving material will cover should also be another deciding factor. Depending on the nature of the surface to be covered, one can choose the most suitable paving material. Concrete is a suitable material where the nature of the ground is slightly rocky, otherwise one will need to add foundation. Gravel is not a suitable material in places where the ground is purely made up of soil as the gravel will sink to the ground.

Style is one of the things most people look for in a walkway. The shape, size and color of the paving material are some of the factors one should consider. Paving stone occurs in different colors shapes and sizes while limestone and concrete occur in a specific color and shaped. Construction tiles can be arranged to whatever shape one wants and one can choose their preferred color and pattern.

All in all, one should take their time deciding which paving materials they want to use. One can also seek the help of a professional landscaper if they are having a hard time choosing materials for their walkway.