Paver Options for Driveways, Walkways, Patios and Pools
Scottsdale, Phoenix and Paradise Valley
Brick pavers are commonly confused with concrete pavers although they are a different product all together. They are an historic building product that comes in a variety of colors and finishes. 4×8 is the standard size for brick pavers.
Concrete pavers are the most common and well-known type of paver. They are also the most cost effective paver option which is part of the reason they are so popular. Belgard and Pavestone are the two largest paver companies, while AZBlock, Phoenix Pavers, Ackerstone are also paver company options. Multiple sizes and styles are available to suit any landscape style.
Travertine pavers are one of the most popular options for pool decks and backyard landscaping. Large format travertine pavers can bring the inside outdoors for a seamless transition to your patio.
Porcelain pavers are another way to improve your landscape. They make a dramatic statement so the patio itself can be a focal point of the landscape design with little else.
Stone Pavers & Slate Pavers
Stone pavers have a distinct look and are available in several sizes. Stone pavers can have specialty finishes added to them like sandblasted, brushed, and flamed. Stone pavers are not as common as concrete pavers or travertine pavers.
Artistic pavers are a man-made product that has an appearance and texture that is a cross between travertine pavers and stone pavers.
Paver Ideas for Landscaping
Pavers Around Pools
Any type of pavers can be used around pools, but travertine pavers and stone pavers are the most common in pool and landscaping designs. Travertine pool coping comes in different thicknesses and can be bullnose or a square edge. Concrete paver pool coping is normally bullnose. Since pool pavers are so versatile with so many options, they can accommodate any design and installation.
Paver driveways in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley are commonplace. A concrete paver driveway installation cost is competitive with colored concrete, but offers many more advantages. Future repairs and maintenance are practically non-existent and its timeless style ensures years of enjoyment.
Pavers with Turf
Pavers and turf make a great combination. Whether it is travertine pavers and turf or concrete pavers and turf, the color contrast adds a dramatic effect to the landscape design.
Pavers bring style and texture to otherwise boring backyard landscaping. A simple paver design and installation can bring a backyard landscape to life and make it much more presentable.
Paver walkways are another creative landscaping technique to add interest to small areas and keep the landscape design theme flowing throughout the entire backyard. New landscaping or backyard landscaping remodels can both benefit from paver walkways.
Paver Pool Coping
Pavers can be used as pool coping also. Most concrete pavers, travertine pavers, and stone pavers have multiple coping options. In the event a paver is not available our paver installation crews can fabricate the paver coping needed in many cases. Paver pool coping is available in multiple thicknesses, sizes, and shapes.
Paver Manufacturers we Install
Concrete Pavers – Belgard pavers, Pavestone pavers, Ackerstone Pavers, Phoenix Pavers, AZB2000 Pavers
Travertine Pavers – Travertine pavers are normally not branded, but can be differentiated by country of origin or quarry. We install all styles and sizes of travertine pavers
Stone & Slate Pavers – Like travertine pavers, stone pavers are not normally branded. We install stone pavers from all over the world.
Brick Pavers – McNear brick pavers and Summit brick pavers are common in AZ.
Porcelain Pavers – Mirage porcelain pavers by Belgard and Arterra Porcelain pavers are the preferred brands in AZ
Artistic Pavers – Artistic pavers are man-made pavers produced in AZ.
Paver Installation in Phoenix, Arizona
We first must analyze the job site. Although the installation methods may be the same, every paver install is different since each landscape has unique characteristics. At this time we do any demo or removal of plants, rock or sod. We install sleeves for future irrigation, low voltage lighting, and landscaping.
Finding the proper elevation is quite possibly the most important part of a paver installation. This step is where we determine the slope of the pavers and the proper height for the landscape. Many paver installers will struggle with this phase, but after 20 years in business we have the experience and knowledge to eliminate any problems.
The base is the foundation of the paver installation. The type of base we use is determined by the type of paver install and the soil type in your area. Different parts of AZ have different soils types that may require deeper foundations.
Sand under the pavers has 2 purposes. The first is to create a level surface to sand set the pavers and keep a level surface. The second reason is to create strength by being forced into the joints from the bottom during the compaction phase. It is important to understand how interlocking pavers work in order to have a proper paver installation.
Sand Set Pavers
This is the fastest and easiest part of the paver installation if the previous phases are done correctly. When the actual pavers are set, the paver driveway, walkway, or patio starts to take shape. Up to this phase, none of the cosmetic portions of the paver job has taken place.
Cutting pavers can be loud and dirty, but it is a necessary part of pavers. Experienced paver installers can make precision cuts to keep gaps minimal.
Paver borders can be different widths or decorative. Borders are important since they hold everything together. Any professional paver installer will have paver borders in some form. We use different borders depending on the paver design.
Part of a standard paver installation is compaction. This is not to level pavers, but to force the pavers into the sand bed underneath as well as force the sand from above into the paver joints.
Paver Installation Clean-Up
No Paver install is complete without proper clean up. This is one of the many areas some paver companies will not do cut costs. We believe any in full service and do not cut corners.
- ABC – Aggregate Base Coat
- Interlocking Pavers – installation pattern that gives more strength to the paver install. Not all patterns are considered interlocking paver installations.
- Pavers – term giving to specific dimensions coinciding with a formula. Not all “pavers” are pavers by definition
- Polymeric Sand – type of finishing material that can be used with pavers.
- Twinkie – Slang term designated for a 3×6 paver.
Benefits of Pavers in Landscaping
- Cool Surface — Some pavers are relatively cooler than other decking options. Marbella stone pavers and travertine pavers are the most popular options when cooler surfaces are required. There are also several stone pavers with specialty finishes that are cooler pavers to use around pools.
- Cost Effective — Pavers are a cost-effective option for any landscape. Although not all pavers would be considered inexpensive, many concrete paver installations meet the criteria.
Paver Maintenance—Pavers are very low maintenance. An occasional cleaning is all that is needed to keep your pavers looking beautiful. Washing with a water hose and spray nozzle is will sufficiently clean your pavers.
- Longevity – Pavers are made to last for years or even a lifetime. They are not going to degrade over time and will bring a dramatic effect to your landscaping whether you have pavers around your pool, patio, walkways, or driveway.
- Versatility – In the unlikely event a paver cracks or breaks, it can easily be replaced. Unlike concrete, pavers can be replaced without being noticed. If a paver gets stained, replacement of a paver or two is a very non-invasive process. Pavers can also be used for large or small areas, driveways to walkways, and patios and pools.
- Timeless Style – Pavers have been installed for hundreds of years and are still used today. They are not trendy or in-style. Pavers have stood the test of time and will never go out of fashion. Any landscape style from modern to rustic, traditional to Mediterranean, there is a paver style, shape, and color that will fit the needs.
How much does it cost to install pavers in AZ?
Paver installations can vary in cost drastically depending on the size and type of job, site prep required, as well as type of paver. Large concrete paver driveway installations are usually the least expensive while specialty pavers and porcelain pavers installations can exceed twenty dollars per square foot. Some paver installers still charge by the foot, but the most accurate way to price pavers is by the job since every jobsite has unique landscape variables.
Everything is hot during the AZ summers, but travertine pavers, Artistic pavers, and some stone pavers are considerably cooler than other materials
Not in most cases, but there are some regulations in some cities that paver installation companies in Scottsdale should be aware of.
Yes. We install pavers in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, and several other cities in AZ.
Travertine pavers and stone pavers will not fade since they are a natural material. Concrete pavers can fade over time, but not enough to need replacement. It will only be noticeable after several years if you look at them next to a new paver.
It is a common misconception that water soaks through pavers. In reality, only about 5% of water will permeate through the pavers.
Travertine pavers are in the middle of the price spectrum of paver installation cost.
Ready to have pavers installed?
Regardless of your style or budget, there is a paver right for you. As a premier pool and landscape design company we have the expertise and knowledge to complete your paver design and installation. From brick and travertine pavers to stone and porcelain pavers the options are endless. Call or email today to start the paver design process with one of our landscape designers.
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