USE EDGING TO DEFINE YOUR CONCRETE PAVER WALKWAY
Your outdoor hardscaping can add dimension and depth to your living space. Today, you have a wide variety of materials to choose from when it comes to pavers. Adding a complimentary or contracting edging along your concrete paver walkway can help to define your space, and add another layer of depth to your hardscape design.
Just like the right picture frame can add to the beauty of a work of art, the right edging can frame your paver walkway and create a stunning finished look that will compliment your exterior landscape. Edging not only performs an aesthetic function, but it also can help to make your walkway more durable.
Let’s explore some creative uses of concrete paver walkway edging materials and techniques to make your Bay Area home’s outdoor hardscaping shine!
WHY INSTALLATION IS IMPORTANT
Professional installation is an important consideration when constructing any hardscape project. A concrete paver walkway is installed using interlocking pavers for durability and uniformity. But before a single paver can be laid, the area must be adequately prepared. This involves excavating the area, adding stone and sand and grading the area, so it’s level, installing the pavers and finally using polymeric sand to securely fill the joins between the stones to lock them together.
However, without a proper edge, as you walk towards the edges of the walkway, it becomes easy to displace the pavers on the edge as they shift horizontally. Without appropriate edging, stones can lean or sink, and joints between the stones can become separated. Proper installation of transitional areas like edging is critical to keeping your walkway looking and functioning properly.
CONCRETE PAVER WALKWAY EDGING IDEAS
The materials and design choices you make for your edging will depend on your needs and style. Your walkway edging is a great way to incorporate unique and decorative touches to your hardscaping. You can mix materials, for example, invisible steel edging with concrete pavers, or use a different color or texture for the edging and walkway. You’re really only limited by your imagination.
The best solution is to work closely with your landscape designer to define your stylistic preferences and your functional needs. Together you can come up with a design that can keep thing subtle, or make a bold statement!
Here are a few concrete paver walkway edging ideas to help to get your creative juices flowing!
SUBTLE EDGE IDEAS
Patio edges can incorporate subtle color or texture changes that can add depth to your walkway design. If you’d like to keep the same color palette, edging stones can be made with a different texture or size, or be arranged differently to build contrast subtly.
Walkways, patios, and driveways often incorporate a couple of different colors into their design to add interest. You can take this a step farther by pulling colors from your home to use as an edging color. This will not only help you tie in your design to the style and color palette of your home’s architecture. With multiple colors and subtle design, you can create accent lines, varying textures, even mix materials like natural stone and interlocking concrete pavers to create an almost endless variety of designs.
4-inch deep strips of steel are the perfect edging material if you’re seeking a sturdy, yet practically invisible edge material. Steel is an excellent edging material if you’re creating an undulating garden path. It’s flexible, durable, extremely sturdy, and easy to bend.
CONCRETE AND BRICK PAVERS
Both concrete and brick pavers can create a simple, elegant edge for your walkways. They’re perfect if your design calls for a wider edge. They also keep grass out of the walkway but still allow flowers like phlox or another ground cover to spill over without intruding onto the walkway.
RAISED BED BORDER
Adding a raised bed border to your walkway allows you to add depth to your design as well as landscaping within the beds creating a backdrop of color. You can create seasonal color or dramatic contrast to your yard. Raised beds also offer a great way to improve drainage, terrace a sloped yard, or create clearly defined areas.
Creative edging is a beautiful way to add depth and aesthetic beauty to your landscape design. It also performs a vital function by keeping grass and weeds from between pavers, assist with drainage, and keep your walkway stable, and the joints tight and problem free.
If you’re planning a walkway project give the experts at Bayside Pavers a call at 1-866-287-2837. We can help you to design and install your hardscaping to perfectly compliment your home’s architectural style and create a gorgeous, functional outdoor environment for your Bay area home. Our knowledgeable team members are ready to help you create the outdoor living space you’ve been dreaming about!
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CONCRETE PAVERS FOR BAY AREA HOMEOWNERS
- Why Sealing Concrete Pavers in the Bay Area Is Important
- The Benefit and Use of Interlocking Paving Stones
- How to Create an Elegant Walkway To Enhance Your Curb Appeal
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay area, our location in Concord, CA at 2455 Bates Ave, Ste K, services East Bay and South Bay homeowners. Our Santa Rosa, CA location at 1619 4th Street Ste 12 can help you with your North Bay hardscaping projects.