There is a very wide choice of paving materials in New Jersey that can be used in your project whether it be a walkway, a driveway or a patio.
But what to choose?! That can be confusing. One of the things I help my clients with is exactly this.
Here is a brief overview, from the least expensive to the most costly.
This can be used for almost any hardscape although it is
most often used for driveways. The advantage is that it is relatively
inexpensive compared to other choices. The disadvantage is that there is more
maintenance. Weeds can surface and snow removal equipment can remove some of
the stones. It does, however, provide a nice rustic look.
I don’t really like to use concrete in New Jersey because it
can crack. If you do opt to use it, consider some interesting variations such
as using colored concrete or scoring it into a nice design. When having it
installed, make sure the contractor is putting in the joints correctly. There
are standard joint distances to help with and shifting when the ground freezes
Pavers are a man-made product out of concrete. They are
middle of the road in pricing and loads to choose from. There are large sizes available
made to resemble a more stone-like appearance which I happen to like. See a paver driveway.
Pavers - HIckory Blend
Travertine – similar in price to bluestone
Travertine is a great choice for swimming pools. It is not
hot when you walk on it. This hardscape material can be dry laid, just like
bluestone. This helps to keep costs down. It’s a beautiful stone which comes in
many color choices. See a travertine project.
Travertine Pavers - Dry Laid
I would have to say that this is my favorite hardscape
material. It is a natural stone and very durable. Bluestone comes in different
color ranges. The two I like are “all blue” where all the stones are the same
blue color and “full range” where the stones are various shades. Bluestone can
be dry laid or wet laid. I prefer dry laid in New Jersey due to freeze thaw
conditions which can cause the joints to crack.
Bluestone Patio - Full Range - Dry Laid
There are other types of natural stone too such as Idaho Quartz and Tennessee Crab Orchard stone.
Which material you choose should depend on the how it blends
with the other areas of your landscape, the look you like and your budget.
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