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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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Top 5 Concrete Patio Design Ideas

Are you looking for some great patio design ideas? Concrete is a great material for many exterior projects as it is a highly versatile material.

It is used in numerous residential and commercial designs and has the ability to produce both a hard and durable surface as well as clean and smooth edging which can then be transformed into the style, texture and look that you desire.

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