Paving Stone Driveways & Walkways
Is your house ready for a new driveway or walkway? Maybe the old cement has developed cracks from too many cold winters, or you would just like to improve the looks and value of your home. Whatever the reason, there has never been a better time to install a new driveway or walkway.
Benefits of a Paving Stone Driveway over Regular Asphalt
Although you may be planning to do ordinary driveway paving, you should consider using paving stones if you live in Pittsburgh. During our wet winters, water expands as it freezes under pavement, causing it to lift and stretch. When the ice thaws, the pavement cracks and buckles. This affects asphalt, concrete and stamped concrete. Paving stones are individual units, so freezing and thawing cycles do not damage them. In fact, concrete pavers have up to four times the strength of traditional concrete.
Paving Stones Add Variety
There is an amazing variety of driveway paving stones available in Pittsburgh. You can bring European charm to your property with the look of Old World cobblestone pavement. With random patterns and soft textures, these pavers bring to mind the early stone manor houses.
Another choice is the natural beauty of paving stones designed to blend with the environment. Cast directly from their stone counterparts, these pavers provide the look of genuine stone without the structural irregularities.
Flagstone interlocking paving stones provide a dimension and depth that only a stonework mason could match. Even though these pavers have the appearance of a random pattern, they are identical in shape. This gives the completed project a superior appearance with a smoother installation process.
Check out a permeable paving stone driveway if you need extra erosion control or stormwater management. Unlike concrete or asphalt driveway paving, permeable paving stones allow water to return naturally into the ground. A water collection system can route the water from your home’s downspouts and driveway into a specially designed garden of water-loving plants. This allows the water to dissipate slowly into the environment. Some permeable pavers are made with recycled materials.
There are hundreds of other combinations of driveway paving stone styles and colors available. These include parchment and silk impressions as well as weathered brick pavers. Sharp-edged pavers with a crisp, modern look are also available. No matter which style or color you choose, you can be confident of superior beauty, strength and durability.
Proper lighting is also important for your driveway. You will need sufficient lighting in the right places to provide nighttime security and safety without glare or dark shadows.
Most people consider lighting to be a good deterrent to crime; however, the quality and coverage of light determine the level of security. Most homes depend on a few floodlights that cover some specific areas. This lighting is too bright and provides limited coverage; it can allow a trespasser to walk through the shadows undetected only a few feet from a person exiting a car. The best option is a lower lighting level over a larger area. The lower contrast allows better vision into shadows.
Lighting is also important for safety, especially for steps, pathways and tripping hazards. Like security lighting, safety lighting should only be sufficiently bright to see details. Very high levels of light can briefly blind a person and cause a trip or fall. Our experts will analyze your lighting requirements and recommend the most effective, attractive and reliable lighting options for your driveway and surrounding areas.
Wichman Landscape / Construction is the Pittsburgh expert in paving-stone driveways. With nearly 40 years of combined experience in landscaping and construction, our team consistently provides excellent customer service to our clients. As a result, we have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Our company has enjoyed steady growth as the demand for our services has increased through the years.
From the initial design to project completion, we work with you. Your new driveway will be a long-lasting investment; you will appreciate its beauty and value for many years to come. We promise an exceptional product and a pleasantly surprising experience.
If you would like more information about the installation of a paving stone driveway in Pittsburgh, please contact us.