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Ottawa Hardscaping: Picking the Right Paver Material

Picking pavers is a big part of any Ottawa hardscaping project. Last week we discussed colour considerations.  This week, we go into what materials choices you have for your Ottawa hardscaping paver choices.

Before we get into the myriad of materials for your Ottawa hardscaping project, keep in mind that in general smaller pavers are used for smaller areas and larger driveways and courtyards provide an opportunity to use larger pavers.

Bricks
Bricks are of course a classic look and available in a variety of colours and finishes. Bricks blend nicely with most settings and provide you with the opportunity to design/arrange them in a variety of ways to bring your Ottawa hardscaping a special touch.  Brick pavers are not as porous as other materials and therefor stain less.

Poured concrete
The most basic material for Ottawa hardscaping, it can even be used by do-it-yourselfers.  Zoryk’s can help spruce this Ottawa hardscaping option up by providing colour-bonding elements.  Zoryk’s can also provide stamped concrete to give your patio, etc. some sizzle.

Concrete pavers
An extremely popular option as concrete pavers come in a huge variety of shapes and styles.  There are options that even simulate the look and feel of natural stone.  These pavers are stronger than bricks and provides your Ottawa hardscaping with an interlocking surface.

Stone
Perhaps the must stunning (depending on your taste), but definitely the most rugged look for pavers. Natural stone comes in a wide range of colours and designs as nature is a wondrous source for Ottawa hardscaping materials.

Gravel
Gravel is the best option for the price-conscious. It is great for a “start” to your Ottawa hardscaping project as you can place future options over this base.

Tiles
Outdoor tiles come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colours.

Zoryk’s is well-versed in using all of these materials in Ottawa hardscaping projects. We would welcome the opportunity to sit down with you to discuss your options.


Ottawa Hardscaping: Picking the Right Paver Colour

A big part of Ottawa hardscaping is the selection of the right pavers for your patio, walkway, driveway, etc. Colour, shape, contrast, size and materials are all things you need to consider when selecting pavers for your Ottawa hardscaping project.

Colour choice is critical for a few reasons.  One, it is not like paint colour or landscaping that should you change your mind it is painful, but doable.  Your choice of colour for your pavers is something you will live with for many years, and it should match both your taste as well as the aesthetics of your home and property. Use a colour chart page you to narrow down your choices and think big picture if this is part of an overall Ottawa hardscaping project.

Looking at your roof tile colours can be a good starting point.  Or perhaps you want to look at your house trim and compliment that. One thing you will want to avoid when selecting a colour is getting pavers that are darker than your building… you want pavers, as with any Ottawa hardscaping to complement, not compete with your home/building.  Keep in mind that a darker paver colour will make your home “blend in” more with the landscaping while a lighter colour will accentuate your home. What do you want to show off? Your house or your landscaping?

A great way to spice up the Ottawa hardscaping design and avoid monotony is by combining two paver colours that work well together or using a colour blend.

A darker colour of pavers used in your Ottawa hardscaping project will stain less easily. What kind of special circumstances are unique to your property?  If you have a sprinkler system with a high level of iron/rust it it, this will create staining – so your coulour choice should be earth tones.

As with any Ottawa hardscaping project, small details are critical.  With large driveways a subtle colour contrasting border can be a big wow factor.  Zoryk’s is well-versed in providing paver design and installation – we’d love to discuss your options with you.


How To Select an Ottawa Hardscaping Contractor

For Ottawa hardscaping, it’s easy for us to say… pick Zoryk’s and you are done.  But whether you turn to Zoryk’s or not, here are some things you must consider when selecting a contractor for Ottawa hardscaping.

  1. Does the contractor you are hiring conduct the Ottawa hardscaping themselves or rely on subcontractors?
  2. Does the contractor warranty both the labour and the materials used for Ottawa hardscaping?
  3. How long has the contractor been providing specific Ottawa hardscaping services (i.e. installing pavers)?
  4. Is the contractor licensed and accredited in Ottawa hardscaping disciplines?
  5. Have they been trained by the Ottawa hardscaping materials manufacturer(s)?
  6. What percentage of the contractor’s business is providing the Ottawa hardscaping service you are hiring them for?
  7. What does their portfolio of Ottawa hardscaping look like? They should have photos that show off their Ottawa hardscaping work.
  8. Can they provide you with references of people they have provided similar Ottawa hardscaping projects?
  9. Is the contractor properly insured?

If you have decided to move forward with Ottawa hardscaping – congratulations, this is a great way to increase both your enjoyment of your property and your resale value.


Don’t Forget the Ottawa Hardscaping

Ottawa hardscaping is growing in popularity as more and more families are staying put for longer periods of time. Ottawa hardscaping is a great and affordable way to increase the value of your home and add curb appeal.  Zoryk’s would love the opportunity to sit down and review your Ottawa hardscaping options that are right for your property and fit your budget to create a customized hardscaping plan that will increase both the value of your home and your own enjoyment of your property.

Zoryk’s Ottawa hardscaping plan will incorporate the beauty and elements that make your property unique to add aesthetics and convenience. What exactly is Ottawa hardscaping?  It is anything that can’t be grown… including walkways, retaining walls, parking areas, decks, custom fireplaces, etc. Most commonly Ottawa hardscaping involves using natural stone and/or concrete.

For your home, Zoryk’s Ottawa hardscaping services include custom outdoor fireplaces, patios, retaining walls, driveways and walkways. Ottawa hardscaping incorporates nature into your design.

We can also provide Ottawa hardscaping to businesses that need walkways, parking areas, driveways and custom decks designed and built.

Whether you start thinking about Ottawa hardscaping now or later this year, it is a great New Years’ resolution to get your property in better shape.