Patio & Surfaces
One of the best ways to increase your home’s value in Calgary is to have good curb appeal, and what better way to do this than to add paving stones? If installed correctly, paving stone patios or walkways can be a great landscape enhancement to any residential or commercial property. We take our installation process very seriously at Project Landscape. We check everything from proper drainage to a solid sub-base, and we work our way up, making sure every patio or surface we construct is built to last.
Patio Pavers vs Concrete:
Standard concrete slabs are generally lower in cost per square foot than paving stones. If you upgrade to stamped, color, or exposed, paver installation can run about the same price or even less in most cases. While a concrete slab can be more affordable upfront, the long term cost can almost always outweigh the initial savings.
Differences in Installation Process:
Concrete slabs are somewhat easy to install, but the material takes time to dry and cure. The installation process includes excavation of the area, preparation of the foundation, setting forms, and pouring the concrete. Paving stone installations require a lot more preparation. The installation process includes excavation of the area, compaction, grading, installation of sub base and compaction, base installation and compaction, sand preparation, laying of stones, brick cuts, installing brick edge, installation of sand, compacting the stones, and finally sealing the pavers upon completion.
Maintenance and Repair:
Concrete slabs are relatively easy to maintain, however, staining and cracking will often occur. Nine times out of ten, after the initial pour of the slab, your slab will crack. Please check the Calgary industry standards on concrete installation. Cracks and staining are a lot less visible on stamped, colored, and exposed concrete but still have the chance to expand. There is the option of sealing the concrete to prevent the stains coming to the surface. Spraying sealer can become very slippery if such precaution is done. Attempting to repair the crack could look like a patch job, and in most cases, it can become a bigger eyesore than it was originally. Paving stones require little care, but the joints between each stone might require a little attention from time to time. If any settling occurs, then the stones can be simply lifted and installed with a bit more sand.
Concrete slabs’ longevity is greatly affected by movement. Concrete is prone to cracking and splitting if the ground beneath shifts. The surface of the concrete may stay level for a while, but cracking is inevitable once the soil becomes unstable. Changes in temperature can also cause the concrete to expand and contract, which will also cause the concrete to crack. We all know Calgary weather, and with the never ending temperature changes, this is more common in this zone. With pavers, water rarely tends to settle onto the surface because of the numerous joints throughout the surface. With a properly graded patio installation, drainage issues should never arise. Paving stones are rated four times as strong as a typical concrete slab.
Safety and Value:
Concrete surfaces can often be very slippery when wet. Additionally, this can be very dangerous if someone were to slip and fall on the hard concrete surface. Pavers are manufactured to be non-slip. This means, when the surface is wet, that kids and adults will always have
traction. In terms of value, paving stones are considered to be one of the only hardscape products that instantly adds value to your Calgary home upon completion.
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Clean and Seal Service:
Project Landscape offers concrete and patio surface cleaning and sealing for those who want to keep their walkways, patios, driveways, pool decks, and outdoor steps in pristine order. We can restore your hardscape surface from sinking by adding our polymeric sand, pressure wash, and seal to ensure they stay looking good for the years to come. Cleaning and seal services can also be used on retaining walls. We can restore the color and beauty that may have been faded over the years.
- Pavers driveways and walkways
- Paver patios
- Outdoor fire places
- All types of concrete
- Retaining walls
- Natural stone