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The Difference Between Gray & White Cement Pavers

Gray Cement At All Seal Exteriors, we offer both Gray Cement and White Cement brick pavers as options when you want to redo your driveway, or pool deck, and often customers want to know the difference between these two types of brick material, specially when they see our brick pavers color options.

Functionally, there may be little difference between cements of the grey and white color.

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Pool Deck Options: Travertine Pavers

Travertine Pavers Swimming Pool DeckDoes your home have a swimming pool? Are you remodeling the community swimming pool? If you are planning to have a new pool deck installed, you should definitely familiarize yourself with all of the swimming pool deck options. A popular pool deck option, especially in sunny South Florida, is travertine pavers. Travertine pavers may be the best choice for a beautiful, not slick when wet, not hot when sunny, not too difficult to maintain, swimming pool deck.

Travertine is created from natural stone. It is cool to the touch, which is why it is a good option for a pool or spa deck. It will be a low-maintenance alternative that includes comfortable features. Aside from its obvious beauty, travertine is highly resistant to heat, scratching, staining and acidity, but it is its durability one of the elements that leads people to choose this material for home building and home improvement projects. Other benefits of travertine pool tiles are:

  • Travertine does not get too hot, even in a warm climate and/or the sun shines down directly on the pool deck. Travertine is a kind of sedimentary stone so it has natural voids and openings in its surface which absorb the heat of the sun.
  • It is very comfortable to walk over travertine pavers with your shoes off.
  • Travertine does not get slick when wet which can easily prevent slip and fall accidents from happening. They have a tumbled surface meaning these are roughed up so the tiles won’t be slick for anyone walking on them.
  • Unlike wood, travertine does not attract tiny insects and does not require a lot maintenance.
  • Travertine is made of stone so they are durable and can last for a long time, which is why consumers often feel it is a good investment.
  • There are also many choices available in terms of colors, styles and patterns. Travertine pavers can blend in very well with almost any landscaping. No two pavers will have the same colors and nuances which can make them look very attractive around the pool.

Whether you are planning to build or to renovate your pool, consider contacting the experts at All Seal Exteriors to get a FREE estimate on a travertine pool deck for your swimming pool.

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Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal With Rocks

Home’s Curb Appeal With RocksIf you’re looking to give your outdoor space a new look, using rocks might be the way to go. Natural stones add texture and contrast and require very little maintenance. And while there are lots to chose from, certain rocks will help set the tone for your entire outdoor space.

For Driveways …

  1. Gravel is easy to find and equally as easy on your wallet, but looks surprisingly elegant in dark or tan colors.
  2. Cobblestones range in color from rich, earthy browns to gray. That and their rounded edges add character and a sense of history.
  3. Recycled Granite Pavers are made of leftover granite countertops. These rust or gray-colored stones will look as nice on your driveway as in your kitchen.

For Patios …

  1. Slate is frequently shaped into squares and rectangles for indoor and outdoors rooms. The uniform look lends itself to a polished finish.
  2. Sandstone is most often seen in tans and rusty reds. The earthy, large slabs create a nice contrast to dark outdoor furniture.
  3. Pea Gravel is an excellent rock for shadowy spaces where grass grows sporadically.

For Decoration …

  1. Boulders are perfect for waterfalls, accent pieces, soil retention and more.
  2. River Jacks are not just attractive, but also effectual. They’re great for preventing weed growth and retaining moisture.
  3. Mexican Beach Pebbles are a great design element. Exposure to the sun, water and sand give these rocks a smooth, polished look that compliments water features, pathways, gardens and more.

To execute these ideas or discuss your specific needs, contact us today.

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Choosing the Right Outdoor Pavers for Your Home

Extending your living space outward with the addition of a patio is a great idea.  The creation of outdoor living space enhances the enjoyment of your home, and increases your property value.  But before you sell yourself on a specific look or material, consider how you plan on using the space and choose a material that complements the style of your home and your own personal lifestyle. These materials are also great options for your pool deck.  To help the process, we’re showcasing four commonly used patio pavers.

Brick Pavers

Brick Pavers

 

Brick is a classic material that will lend a traditional textural charm to your outdoor space. Although bricks are rectangular in shape, there are endless of pattern possibilities.  It is important to note, though, that although brick pavers can be cost effective, they tend to chip and crack over time.  But because they’re usually less porous than construction-grade bricks, they’re resistant to erosion.

Pre–Cast Concrete Pavers

Concrete Pavers

If you’re looking for the most cost-effective solution, concrete is the answer.  Concrete pavers are made by casting concrete into molds to form individual tiles. They’re available in a range of colors, finishes and styles.  Unfortunately, concrete requires a lot of attention and maintenance. Concrete patios need to be frequently washed and sealed to prevent the colors from fading.  Another drawback with concrete is heat. Concrete doesn’t stand-up well to sun exposure well, and tends to get very hot.

Travertine Pavers

Travertine Pavers

Travertine’s natural beauty, versatility and durability makes it a favorite among landscape architects.  It is a stone often confused with marble because of its beautiful texture and natural grain.  But don’t take its aesthetics for delicateness.  The stone remains cool during harsh summer months and its porous quality repels water, making it easy to walk on.

Choosing the right pavers for your patio or pool deck can make a huge impact on your backyard’s look and feel, which is why it’s important to arm yourself with as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision.  For more information about a specific product or an estimate on your renovation project, contact us today at All Seal Exteriors.

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