7 steps to get the best pavers for your outdoor space

7 steps to get the best pavers for your outdoor space

Paving stones can add a touch of classic beauty to any outdoor space. They come in a variety of colors, sizes and textures, making them extremely versatile. Pavers are also a more durable alternative to a concrete driveway or patio. 

Some homeowners shy away from using pavers because they think its a complicated process. The reality is that having pavers installed is relatively easy with a little bit of direction. 

Follow these seven steps when looking for pavers for your home.

1. Determine where you want to have pavers installed. 

You could install driveway or patio pavers, use them as a walkway or put them around the pool. They add charm to outdoor spaces and there are endless design possibilities.

2. Measure the area. 

Measure the area where you want to have pavers installed so you’ll know what size pavers you need and how many you’ll want.

3. Calculate the square footage. 

Multiply the length of the area by the width to determine the total square footage. You will need this in order to calculate the project cost.

4. View pavers online or in a showroom. 

Look for company websites that include the cost of demolition, labor and materials in their quoted prices. This will make it easier to determine the total project cost. With a wide variety of colors and types, you can select pavers that will compliment your existing landscape.

5. Speak with a contractor. 

If you purchase from a company that includes installation in their price, you can skip this step. If not, you will need to meet with a contractor that is experienced with installing pavers to get a price quote for demolition and labor. Look for contractors that have received the Angie’s List Super Service Award.

6. Installation. 

At the time of installation, your contractor will excavate the area, lay a gravel base, set the pavers and use sand in between each paving stone to hold them in place.

7. Cleaning and sealing. 

After your pavers have been laid, you need to clean them and can use a paver sealer to help them last longer. Once a paver sealer has been used, cleaning will go much faster as you only need to use water.

Having pavers installed is a quick way to improve your outdoor spaces. Prior to hiring a contractor, make sure to read their reviews and look for service awards. 

As with any home improvement project, it is important to work with experts that specialize in paver installation rather than a contractor that rarely works with pavers. 

About this Angie’s List Expert: Bethany Wood represents Go Pavers, a family owned and operated paving contractor, providing services in Los Angeles. Since 1991, Go Pavers has specialized in residential stone work and design and installation of paving stones. You can follow this #ALExperts contributor on Twitter @GoPavers and Google Plus.

As of December 9, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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