It is not surprising that paver driveways get so much attention. They have to work hard to bear the constant pressure from heavy vehicles. They have to be stunning as their size affects the overall aesthetics of a residential or commercial property. When building a new driveway or when replacing an old one, the design staff at Upstream Waters Landscape will consider the important qualities that a paver driveway should possess: beauty, strength, and relevance.
Your driveway is what your friends, guests, and neighbors see first when they pull up to your home. If it is in poor condition, they make judgments about the rest of your house. However, a well-designed paver driveway and walkway, or a driveway that incorporates pavers with other materials, create an inviting atmosphere for your friends, guests, and neighbors as they turn off the road on to your property.
The higher property value from pavers can be a real asset when the time comes to sell your home. Prospective buyers always see the outside of a house before the inside. They are sure to fall in love with a beautiful, well-designed paver walkway, patio, or driveway. They may decide they want to buy your home before they even get out of their vehicle.
We are not sure about your exact definition of a beautiful driveway, but we are sure that our team can put your dream driveway on a blueprint. We will design it and, after approval, we will build it for you. Our company has all the knowledge, experience, materials, tools, and equipment to bring your beautiful driveway design to life.
Practicality is always at the top of our minds when constructing paver driveways. More than beautiful, we understand that a driveway has to be durable. After all, it is the track that will be taken by every vehicle that visits and stays at your home. A paver drive has to be strong to handle the heavy pressure, so we recommend concrete pavers for our driveway projects.
We highly recommend using concrete pavers as they are the strongest, most dependable material for driveways. Concrete pavers have a PSI strength of 8,000 - 9,000. (The average mid-size SUV can weigh up to 5,000 pounds. A large SUV can weigh up to 7,100 pounds.) Alternatively, a concrete slab has a PSI strength of 3,000 - 4,500. You are parking a vehicle on a surface that can barely hold the vehicle's weight. Is it any wonder that cracks form very quickly in a concrete driveway?
In addition, a concrete slab is one large piece with expansion cuts made at a designated spacing. A little expansion or contraction of the soil underneath disturbs a large area of the concrete slab. On the other hand, a paver driveway is built using hundreds of separate pieces. Every paver piece has space which allows movement without disturbing the solidity of the driveway. No wonder driveways made out of pavers have the longest warranty.
Not only is the strength of a paver driveway immense, but so is the practicality. Think about the difficulty of getting access to pipes under a concrete driveway to make repairs. Pavers make that job easy. Simply remove the pavers, make the repair, and put the pavers back. There will be no sign that anything has been disturbed. Make the same repair with other surface materials, such as concrete or asphalt, and you will forever see the patch from cutting out the material. The same applies to stains. Simply replace the stained pavers and the entire area will be as good as new again.
Maybe adding a paver driveway to your home is not appropriate or cost-effective, yet you want to do something to enhance what people see when they first come to your property. Here are some ideas for paver accents to improve your drive:
The design options are almost endless. Contact Upstream Waters Landscape today to have our design professional put together a paver driveway for your home. Ask about our extended warranty for a complete paver driveway built to ICPI standards.