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Choosing Pavers when building Outdoor Patios | Washington DC

Mar 21, 2014 | Pavement

An outdoor patio can turn any yard into an exciting entertainment venue. Patio pavers, whether brick stone or concrete, will add class, character and personality to any outdoor area. The key to the successful installation of patio pavers is a well compacted and level base. The most common type of pavers is concrete, brick and stone. Each type of paver has its own unique features and will add a finished look to any patio.

Patio pavers can create a luxurious appearance that is earthy yet elegant and provide the transition from yard to home and back again. The type of pavers chosen provides the accent, contrast or the compliment to the surrounding landscaping, even if the surrounding area is simply lawn. Pavers often define the different areas found in the patio area such as the barbeque area, the pool area or the dining area.


Concrete Pavers

Concrete patio pavers can be finished in a variety of ways including scored, stamped, brushed and acid washed. The pavers can be colored to compliment or contrast the surrounding area. Concrete pavers are economical and have the durability to last a lifetime. Interlocking concrete pavers have a tab on one side and slot on the other that makes setting the blocks easy.


Brick Pavers

Brick pavers are classic in look and design. The bricks can add character to outdoor patios when set in unique and creative patterns. Brick patio pavers are durable and will stand up to normal pedestrian traffic, but the structural integrity may be compromised if subject to vehicular traffic. Brick pavers are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and finishes.


Stone Pavers

Almost any kind of stone can be used as patio pavers when building outdoor patios. Stone can be cut into almost any shape, but work best when laying out a pattern when the stone is cut into modular blocks. Uncut stone pavers will have rough and irregular edges, giving the stone and the patio a rugged and rustic look.

The type of paver chosen for the patio is a combination of personal choice and design preference. No matter what type of patio pavers are chosen, it will provide an impervious surface, eliminating the worry of walking in wet and muddy areas and will allow better access to the patio area for all.

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Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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