Choosing the Right Paving Option for Your Home's Exterior

When creating a patio space or installing new walkways around your home, you may find that you have more options for that surface than you realize. Each option will have its own advantages and disadvantages, so note a few of those here; this will ensure you're happy with your outdoor space for years to come.

1. Natural stone

Natural stone may look very attractive, but note that it's often cut to be thin so that it's more lightweight and won't sink into the ground. In turn, it may become very brittle and can then crack easily. Stone may also hold algae and mildew more readily than other materials, as it provides a good host for these surface contaminants.

2. Concrete

Concrete is very durable and can be painted or stained, but it will crack eventually and need some patchwork and other repairs. In colder climates, it may be more prone to cracking and you may need to have it sealed more often, or may need an additive put into the concrete mix so that it's not as brittle, and this can increase the cost.

3. Rubber tiles

Many rubber tiles for outdoor use are made from recycled tires, so they're a very eco-friendly option. They're very lightweight so you can use them on soft soil and they won't sink in, but they may shift and move around somewhat easily. Some rubber tiles are also made with a snap and lock system, so you can attach them to each other and create an even and straight pathway very easily. The rubber material is also virtually impervious to mould, mildew, algae, and other such growth, and is easy to clean; it's not likely to be damaged if you use a power washer or scrub brush on the surface, making it a very durable choice for any paved area.

4. Decomposed granite

Decomposed granite is usually made from large slabs of reclaimed or recycled granite, which is then crushed to create pebbles. This is very soft underfoot, and the crunching sound made when someone walks over it can actually add to your home's security, as it can alert you to when someone is on your property. The granite is very durable and isn't likely to get crushed any further, even if you drive over it or run over it with a lawnmower; you may actually wind up damaging the mower blades instead. Decomposed granite also allows for easy water runoff, so there is less risk of puddling and flooding along a walkway with this surface material.