Each year we make one major improvement to our home which will enhance its beauty or improve on maintenance time from us. We always look for things that will increase the re-sale value of our home when that time comes. Balanced with these are eco-friendly considerations for our neighborhood and city.
Our driveway is the current project. We have already ruled out asphalt and scattered concrete. Both have the potential to crack and give a negative eye-appeal and possible hazard for tripping. They are not the best eco-friendly structures. Solid surfaces let the rain water run down carrying leaves and other debris into the street and sewers.
After some research we found that permeable pavers were best for us. These pavers come in many different shapes, textures, sizes and colors. Permeable actually means that liquids can pass through it. Our rain water would be absorbed by the dirt under the driveway with little runoff water rushing down the street until it polluted local streams, rivers and lakes.
Pavers offer a visual appeal through color, paver shape and size. Pavers can be color matched to your home. With the help of a professional landscape mason patterns can be created to add more visual appeal.
Pavers are flexible and offer durability. They can withstand 8,000 pounds of pressure per square inch which is much greater than concrete. They have a non-skip, non-slide surface.
Having a flat surface, pavers do not damage snow blows, blowers or shovels. Summer maintenance can include pressure washing. If broken or stained, the paver can be rolled up and easily replaced with a new paver. Pavers can be pressure-washed to keep up their good appearance. It is easy to pull up any broken or damaged paver and replace it with a new one
Types of Pavers and Cost
Brick Pavers offer a variety of color and pattern layouts for your driveway. They are extremely durable and could last a lifetime. Their per square foot cost is generally $ 5 to $ 15 with installation at $ 10.50 to $ 20.
Natural Stone pavers are quarried stone which are cut to the right size. Generally these pavers are laid end to end which does require more labor time. There is little maintenance needed and the stone pavers will last a lifetime. On a per square foot basis, most stone pavers will cost $ 10.00. If you choose unusual or rare stones, the cost could be up to $ 30 per square foot.
Concrete pavers are colored at the manufacturer and may fade over time. To prevent this, the pavers can be cleaned and sealed. Concrete pavers are priced at $ 5 to $ 10 per square foot and are installed for an additional $ 5 to $ 10 per square foot.
Sand-set is an economic installation method. Soil and gravel layer compaction is necessary for stability. The sand bed should be up to 1 inch think. Joints are filled with sand and a perimeter restraint is generally necessary.
If pavers are to be grouted, a stable base of concrete with latex or acrylic admixture added is necessary. Expansion joints are necessary to allow for some movement. It is generally necessary to have perimeter restraints.