Outdoor pathways and walkways can be both beautiful and practical assets to your home’s landscaping, and the landscape design possibilities are endless. Before you start installing the custom stonework, though, consider what the walkway will be used for. Will direct foot traffic to various hardscapes like a patio or a gazebo, or will it serve a solely aesthetic purpose?
Knowing the purpose of your pathway will help you make a smarter decision regarding the stone services and materials you will use to build it. Some materials are better suited for foot traffic than others. Take a look below at some of the best options for walkways, including their advantages and disadvantages.
Concrete doesn’t have to be plain and gray. It also comes in a variety of lovely decorative options, including more than 30 pre-mixed colors. For instance, stamped concrete resembles other, more expensive materials like slate and stone. Concrete, however, is more durable and cost-effective than some other choices. If you’re among the 71% of homeowners who cite “easy to maintain” as the most important aspect of an outdoor space, concrete is a great choice because it is easy to clean, protect, and even replace if necessary.
Brick offers a classic look with a timeless appeal. In addition to the traditional red, it comes in a number of soft, neutral colors like brown, tan, and muted green. Like concrete, brick is relatively easy to maintain. It can be cleaned with a basic garden hose and dries quickly in the sun. In shady areas, however, it may form a mossy film as the moisture doesn’t dry up as easily.
Natural stone is easily the most popular outdoor pathway material. It is also the most expensive. Three types of natural stone are most commonly used — granite, marble, and limestone. Granite is the hardest and most durable of the materials, so it holds up well in colder climates. Marble is available in many different color variations and finishes, though it is slightly more high-maintenance, requiring a sealer. Limestone also requires a sealer as it is extremely porous.
So, what kind of walkway material will you choose? Are you looking for something more practical and durable to handle heavy foot traffic or are you simply looking to beautify your home’s landscaping? For more information, consult a stone services expert.