[Posted on Jan 03, 2013 by Ashley Aguirre]
Pavestone is a mixture of cement and certain aggregates, such as gravel, sand, and sometimes decorative elements like colored glass or stones. It it primarily used for paving and building retaining and freestanding walls as. Since the paving blocks are manufactured, they can be produced in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Pavestone in Houston is known for its proprietary mixes used in order to produce durable and aesthetic blocks.
Adavantages Offered by Using Pavestone
One advantage of using pavestone in Houston is that, since no mortar is used, it is relatively easy to re-design a space. If a homeowner’s needs change, or the property is sold, a patio can be enlarged, modified, or down-sized with the same materials. Weathering is minimal, so if additional blocks are needed, matching them is not a problem.
Pavestone is installed over a prepared porous base without mortar. This results in a permeable surface which does not require the installation of drainage systems to control runoff from rainwater. Although blocks for patios are not designed for vehicular traffic, Pavestone does make blocks which can be laid for driveways or parking lots. In many cases, the higher cost of materials is easily offset as underlying drainage pipes are not required. Little or no maintenance is required. If weed growth is a problem, a herbicide can be applied. If a block breaks, it can easily be replaced individually.
Most homeowners are familiar with pavers for outdoor patio, terrace, step, or sidewalk projects. Pavers come in various shapes including squares, rectangles, trapezoids, and circles. Surface textures also vary with the design. These can be combined to create paved outdoor spaces with sweeping curved edges in addition to common rectangles. It is not difficult to pave shaped areas that may be uneven or not level.
By combining more than one color of block, patterns can be created, such as concentric circles or spirals, a random natural-stone appearance, or contrasting edgings. Colors of pavers range from white through earth-tones of red, gray, green, and brown. Some are solid colors, while others are slightly variegated, giving a natural look to the hardscape. There are typically two types of color blending options: throughmix, where the color is added to the entire stone, and facemix, where the top of the block is the only area that is colored. Even using facemix, the color is deep enough to retain its appearace through decades of weathering.
Wall blocks are another product of pavestone and also come in an array of colors. Do-it-yourselfers can install retaining walls up to four feet high. With professional engineering these can be built high enough to secure even tall, steep slopes; for example, adjacent to a hillside driveway. A different design of block is used to create freestanding walls.
With so many avenues to choose from, pavestone can be used to create many types of outdoor living spaces. Pool decks, outdoor rooms, garden paths, driveways, edged walkways, terraced landscapes, and barbeque patios are just a few ideas. Edging can be added to stabilize areas filled with colored gravel. Pavers add warmth to outdoor spaces and create appealing, intimate areas that invite use. The versatility and beauty of pavestone hardscape, properly installed, adds value to a home. Resale values of homes with paved patios are higher than homes without a similar space. Pavestone Houston is one of sixteen plants in the United States that produces versatile pavestone products.