A New Paving Stones Driveway in Saratoga, CA
Paver Designs is Something We Enjoy
This paving stone driveway is located near Miller Avenue in Saratoga, CA. Part of our paver designs services is choosing a color that looks good. For this driveway, we used the Belgard Catalina Avalon Paving Stones and we mixed the colors. The colors we used for this particular paver stone driveway were: Victorian and Autumn. The Victorian color is a combination of grey, charcoal and tan. The Autumn color combination is a mix of red/merlot, tan and charcoal.
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Victorian with Autumn is a Great Paver Color Combination
The nice thing is with both the Victorian and Autumn color combinations, they both share the same tan and charcoal colors so when you mix them it's really just introducing the red/merlot color to the mix. For the border, we used the Autumn color. I've used this color combination on a number of projects. It seems to be pretty popular.
In my opinion, the Autumn color on its own is pretty overwhelming. I prefer to use in it with other colors to tone the red color down. The Victorian color, on the other hand, is a nice color to use on its own and with other colors from the Belgard Paving stone selection.
The Concrete Porch and Step Treads Were Easy to Fix
The porch was just a plain concrete porch, so we overlaid it with the same paving stones and used the Belgard bullnose for the step tread. We also faced the porch with the same pavers, while also altering the colors down the entire porch. We then built a second step in front of the front door. We also used polymeric joint locking sand and a natural looking sealer.
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Polymeric Sand is a Highly Recommended Tool
Polymeric sand is typically an option for paver sealing. For certain paving stones, I highly recommend using polymeric sand because the gaps between the pavers are exposed to regular sand washing and dirt settling in. Also, if your area is prone to weeds, it's a good idea to use it. The cost of using polymeric sand increases a little, but I think it's worth it.
Should I Seal My Pavers?
To seal or not to seal? This question comes up all the time. For this paving stone driveway in Saratoga, we did apply a sealer. We used a natural sealer so after a couple weeks it will be hard to tell if there was a sealer applied; whereas, a semi-gloss or enhancing sealer will leave a little sheen. Currently, it is late October and the weather is hit or miss with rain. If you choose to apply a sealer to your project, please note that it must be applied in dry conditions (before, during, and after). Some people request the wet-look sealer and I, personally, do not like the wet-look sealer because it's just too glossy and it just does not look good up close. It's also prone to peeling.
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