The curb appeal of a home doesn’t just improve its aesthetics — it translates into real money. In fact in today’s market, 94% of real estate agents claim that buyers pay more for a house with curb appeal.
There are many ways to boost curb appeal. You can apply a fresh coat of paint to the exterior, plant a small and well-kept garden, or install some attractive yard decorations. However, one of the most long lasting and cost effective ways to improve curb appeal is to consider a stylish paving project.
Even if you’re already have a paver patio, is it time for an update? Check out some of the best, new pavers below.
Brick pavers are a popular option for anyone looking to retain a traditional aesthetic on a budget. It is the oldest material been used for patio and walkway and are relatively cheap to buy. That said they will only be available with straight edges and are mostly available in one size, a 4″ x 8″. This limits the design and installation patterns of your new patio.
Although bricks seem strong, they are actually made from baked clay. Meaning while they are still strong, they tend to flake and disintegrate over time. Despite this, they still last a long time and with proper care will adopt a rustic look.
The most common pavers are brick, concrete, and cobblestone. Of these three, cobblestone is the most expensive. It’s also the most durable — this paver has been around for a hundred years! Basically, you get what you pay for.
As a driveway project, cobblestones have some practical disadvantages. For example, it’s not exactly practical to play basketball on a cobblestone paved driveway and they are not the easiest surface to walk on.
If basketball isn’t in your future, you can find high-quality cobblestone options at companies like Belgard.
Concrete pavers are available in many sizes, shapes, colors and textures. They would last for a long time and if installed properly. They will be a more affordable option and will require minimal maintenance over time.
Pavers are stronger than clay bricks and can withstand a heavier weight, which is something to consider when installing a new driveway. Concrete pavers can handle at least 8,000 pounds per square inch, which is about 4 times more then the standard poured concrete patio or driveway.
This modern paving option is not so common yet, but it does look and feel very luxurious. This paver is perfect for anyone who wants a smooth and sleek style for their outdoor surfaces.
They are available in a wide selection of colors and textures such as stone, travertine, wood, seashell and quartz.
Asphalt is certainly the cheapest option on this list. However, not all homeowners admire the dark, blackish color of an asphalt driveway.
If the color is not a problem, an asphalt driveway can last up to 20 years. Keep in mind that in Arizona weather it will most likely require to be resealed and cracks to be fixed every few years. Even if it needs to be replaced earlier, it will not be as expensive as other paving options.
More of the Best Pavers
The best pavers are the ones that suit your backyard style and budget. Consider the aesthetic and colors of your home’s facade before you decide which paver suits your home best. Then, measure out how much space you need paved and calculate the total cost per foot. Don’t forget to include the cost of labor into your estimate.