Whether you’re wanting to recreate the timeless cobblestone look, or simply need a modern but tried and true alternative to concrete slab pavement, it’s worth looking into the decorative and practical interlocking stone pavement options. Interlocking stone paving is a lesser known way to make a driveway, patio, or sidewalk really stand out and compliment your housing landscape. While it may not be common to some, interlocking pavement is a great way of taking aesthetic stone to create a strong and beautiful pavement for any landscape.
While concrete slab pavement has dominated the market for its ease of installation and value, interlocking stone comes in as a great choice for those looking for a high-quality pavement alternative.
Benefits of Interlocking Paving
While it looks great, it also comes with many inherent benefits. Stones can be a variety of colors and patterns, giving your driveway or patio a unique look and feel. Interlocking stone is also incredibly durable, and has well over double the load-bearing capabilities than run-of-the-mill concrete slabs. Not only is it durable but it is also easier to maintain and fix, and will add inherent market value to any property.
In order to fix an entire slab of concrete, you would either need to break the concrete at the crack to refill or bite the bullet and replace the entirety of the paved concrete slab. This is costly and time consuming, not to mention the eye-sore it becomes during the entire re-working and setting process.
Using interlocking stones or bricks allows cracks to be replaced brick by brick. Instead of having to replace the entire slab, only the broken or worn bricks are replaced, making it more cost-effective and maintainable in the long run. Interlocking stone also only needs to be sealed about every one to two years, depending on the amount of wear and tear it sees.
Simply put, it’s more aesthetically pleasing. You’d be hard pressed to find an individual who finds a paved garage floor more beautiful to look at than well-placed and patterned stone. For those looking to add a little stone elegance to their landscape, interlocking pavement is the way to go.
Picking an Interlocking Contractor
So, you’ve decided on interlocking stone, but now what?
When it comes time to pick a interlocking contactor, you’re going to want someone with experience for the type of stone you’re wanting laid. Interlocking stone is inherently more complex to install than run-of-the-mill slabs. Inquire how long your project will take, so that you are not blindsided by a project lasting longer than you expected. Make sure that any contractor considered is fully licensed and insured, too.
All contractors should give a free quote for the work that they think needs to be done. It’s important to get any and all quote statements in writing. In order to make sure you get a fair price, it’s best to talk to multiple contractors and compare prices and any extra services they may offer.
Choosing a contractor that has been in a business a while is also a plus. Most hardscape contractors should have pictures of previous work. This in particular, is a good way to measure whether or not they are right for your home or business. It’s also a good idea to ask friends and relatives who the best stone layers are, as the best representation of a business’s services are the words of previous customers.
No matter what stone or contractor you choose, CF Landscaping is always ready to aid in your interlocking pavement needs, and is available all days of the week to answer any landscape questions you may have.