When You Have An Oil Spil…

We’ve all done it…

Imagine this. After a long day, you finally pulled the car into the driveway, ran into the house, fed the kids, cleaned the house, did the laundry, the dishes and gone to bed only to remember at 2am that the car was leaking oil that morning. And yep, you parked that car right on top of your gorgeous paver driveway. (I am most definitely not sharing a true to life personally story) Normally with concrete or any other type of hardscape surface, this could launch any self-respecting homeowner into a fit of panic. Normally you would race to find your bathroom, keys, baking soda, or anything else that might fix the mess and pray that despite the dark hour that you could scrub out the oil before it fully penetrates your concrete driveway. But instead, you remember that you have beautiful pavers… And additionally, you have extra beautiful pavers stacked on the side of your house for just such an emergency – so you roll over and go back to sleep.

How is this possible?

Well, unlike other types of hardscape (namely concrete or asphalt), pavers aren’t glued down or set in concrete. So if one becomes damaged, all you have to do is literally pop it out and replace it with another. It’s a simple fix and one that will keep your driveway looking clean, fresh and beautiful for years to come!

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First Impressions…

You’ve heard the expression, “You only have one chance to make a good first impression.” Well, the same goes for your home. Within seconds of pulling up to your home, your guests and friends will have an impression of what your home is like. Think about your own home for a moment, what would be the first three words that would come to mind if you were seeing your home for the first time? Would words like manicured, maintained, be what you think of? Or would terms like outdated and sloppy be more likely?

While there are lots of things that you can do to update the curb appeal of your home, few things add as much visual impact as a gorgeous paver pathway. To illustrate our point, here are a few images.

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While having beautiful and manicured landscape absolutely helps – we think that the main show stopper is this gorgeous paver path. We love the colors that it infuses into the space – something that concrete could never do.

If you are thinking about giving the pathway to your home a facelift, we’d love to meet with you. No matter your personal style or taste, there is a paver to suit to match it.

Travertine Pavers

If you have been paying attention to trends, chances are that you have noticed an increased use of Travertine Pavers. Travertine Pavers are cut from natural stone and are thought to be one of the best materials for pool patios because of their constant cool temperature. One of the unique and desirable qualities of Travertine Pavers is the different shading and veining. Most commonly Travertine is found in shades of tan, but it can also be found in shades of gray and even a rich charcoal color. Travertine is a very porous material and is also very sensitive to different types of acids – which is why you will never see it used in kitchens or on countertops.

One aspect of Travertine Pavers that any potential homeowner should keep in mind is how porous of a material it is. For this reason, Travertine Pavers should be sealed on a regular basis. Depending on the type of sealer used, the sealer could also make the Travertine Pavers slippery when wet. If a sealer that penetrates the stone is used, the paver will be  able to absorb the water thus making it less slippery.

Here are some gorgeous examples of how Travertine Pavers can be used:

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If you are considering Travertine Pavers – or any type of hardscape, we’d love to speak with you! Our team of consultants can work with you to find the perfect hardscape material and can educate you on the differences between them. We look forward to hearing from you soon!