Choose paving stones for your patio or driveway
Pavers who specialize in serving residential customers offer a variety of helpful services, from driveway design and installation to maintenance and repair. To help you choose a paving contractor, you should first select the style of your dream driveway or patio, and then find local contractors who have proven experience working with that style.
Popular Driveway Paving Styles
A standard asphalt or concrete driveway has plenty of appeal. Both of these styles are inexpensive to install and very easy to maintain. They last for years; asphalt driveways require only an annual coat of tar, and concrete driveways generally need very little in the way of protection and maintenance. Asphalt and concrete pavers are not only easier on your checkbook than specialized pavers – they can get the job done more quickly, too, since these driveways are a snap to design and build.
That said, it's equally easy to see the appeal of driveway styles that offer a little more visual flair. Interlocking bricks can be used to create striking and dramatic patterns in your driveway, and most interlocking pavers offer both standard and customized designs. If you want the sturdiness and visual appeal of brick at a lower cost, regular brick pavers can take care of your driveway and create a simple design that matches the brick facade of your home, or that complements siding or other exteriors.
Remember, too, that driveways aren't the only exterior structures that can be paved – many homes also feature paved backyard patios where you can entertain guests or your children can play. Patio pavers can usually create your new space within a day or even just a few hours.
Questions to Ask a Paving Contractor
When interviewing patio or driveway pavers, you should always collect references from past customers who were satisfied with the contractor's work. The only contractors who will object to this request are those who have something to hide.
You should also ask every contractor you're considering how long they've been in business. Check the information they give you against what's on file at your state's contractor licensing bureau.
Finally, be very wary of contractors who request large up-front payments, particularly those that require you to give them more than half the cost of your new driveway or patio before work even begins. More often than not, these contractors are out for your money rather than out to win your trust and admiration by doing a good job.