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Choosing the Best Materials for Your Walkway

By October 4, 2012April 16th, 20212 Comments

Installing a walkway is a rather easy DIY project.

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Installing a walkway requires only a few basic materials.

Walkways can add a flourish to a garden or bring your guests to your home in a welcoming fashion. All you need are some walkway materials, which you can buy cheaply, and a day to set aside for your task. You do not have to be an expert mason to build a stunning walkway.

How do you know which materials to purchase? EnhanceScape.com has your answer. The following article describes the best materials to use for your unique walkway project. You will learn which walkway pavers will be long-lasting in harsh elements and which materials require cement mortar.

Choosing the Best Walkway Material

The walkway leading up to a home serves an important function. It is possibly the first part of the home that visitors will take notice of. Despite its importance, it is not the only walkway your home can have.  There are also several types of landscape walkways as well. You can outline your home or create meandering walkways through gardens or under arbors. Whatever type of walkway you choose to have a great deal of care should be taken in considering the materials that are used in constructing it. An important factor to keep in mind when choosing the best walkway material is exactly how it will function, in other words, what types of people or things it will serve. A walkway contractor can help you plan your pathways and choose the most appropriate materials for your needs.

Hard Paving Materials

Some common materials that are used in creating walkways are natural stone, concrete and asphalt. These materials are great for walkway installation because they are hard and durable. They can withstand a lot of abuse. They are also incredibly easy and inexpensive to maintain. The one downfall of these materials is that they are expensive to install. If you want a useable path that has more character than one of concrete or asphalt, you can install a path made of brick or any other material that needs to be set in mortar.

Materials such as cobble, flagstone and exposed aggregate concrete are strong enough for high traffic areas. However because they have large stones that are set far apart they are not ideal for pathways that will be traveled by wheeled vehicles. Instead use these materials to create paths that are more aesthetic in nature. If you like the look these pathway materials provide you can lay down pavers that can give you a similar aesthetic look but are far more functional.

Soft Paving Materials

Using soft paving materials is not advisable for high-traffic areas. However if you are looking to pave an area that does not have a lot of foot traffic these materials will work fine. If you decide to install a soft material pathway, don’t forget that you will need to stabilize it with a hard edge. You can use either wood or concrete for this part. A contractor can help you with the process. Some materials you can choose from for a soft paving walkway include decomposed granite, oyster shell, pavestone and soil cement.

Once you have decided the functionality and desired appearance of your walkway, it is just a matter of cost and preference to choose the best material. Visit the walkway photo gallery at enhancescape.com to get more ideas for adding a walkway to your home.

Despite the fact that hard paving materials tend to cost more, you will end up saving more money in the long run. Since hard materials can endure more abuse, you will not have worry about replacing the pavers your walkway. However, soft paving materials such as granite are easy to buy at a low price—many masonry suppliers have leftover granite called “granite remnants” that make excellent walkway material.

Camosse Masonry Supply holds all of the materials necessary for your DIY walkway project, whether you want to purchase hard or soft paving stones. Contact us to learn more!