Paving Stone Driveway Project-
Monte Sereno, CA
Monte Sereno is an interesting little gem nestled between Los Gatos and Saratoga. Many of the property lots are quite large, for the bay area that is. For this particular paving stone driveway in Monte Sereno, we used the Belgard paving stone called Urbana Stone and the color is called Toscana. The pavers come with three pieces on the pallet and there are a couple of pattern options to choose from. For this Monte Serreno paver driveway we used a three piece random pattern.
View our video showing the project before and during construction. Notice the fine quality of workmanship and attention to details to ensure the driveway is built per specifications and will last! Other images on this page show the final results.
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Using Polymeric Sand With Paver Stones for the Driveway
Polymeric Sand is a good option for those wanting a low maintenance option. It essentially hardens up and doesn't wash away like normal thirty mesh sand. It helps lock the pavers together and also helps prevent weeds from growing in between the paver stones. We typically recommend using this type of sand especially with the Belgard Urbana Paving Stone because it has so much space in between the pavers.
Using normal sand for this type of paving stone would leave large gaps open and eventually dirt would settle in. If your area is prone to weeds, then those would eventually begin to grow in between the pavers and that would be visually unappealing and quite a headache tor you or your gardener to deal with. Just imagine how long it would take using roundup on this driveway.
Eventually this property will have landscaping, but the owners are still waiting for the plans to be approved by the city. Nowadays, with the drought on our hands, we have to be conscious of what we plant. In this case, the owners would like drought tolerant plants and ground cover. No more grass.
A Color for the Landscape & Paving Stones
I like the color Toscana, for this Monte Sereno paving stone driveway as it does a great job blending with the house and the future landscape design. There will be a mix of colors in the landscape with some red, pink, green (obviously) and purple: all of which will blend nice with these paving stone colors.
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To seal or not too seal? Well, that's a good question; one that often comes up and it really comes down to preference. There are some pros and cons for sealer and the main pros are that it helps protect the paving stones and it also helps them from fading. The two main cons are that it adds to the cost of the project and it's only temporary, thus becoming a annual or year and a half maintenance process if you want to keep it going.
Polymeric Sand vs Paver Sealer
Often times, we put a paver sealer on after we finish the project and it does accentuate the colors. I have to admit it looks good. Some people will use the paver sealer instead of the polymeric sand, because the polymeric sand can be tricky to work with if you're not familiar or do not have adequate experience working with it. The sealer will lock in the sand; however, it's just temporary and the sand will eventually wash out as the sealer wears off.
Again, it comes down to preference. Just be sure to discuss this option with your contractor to see if it's right for you. If you have us out to look at your paving stone project we will discuss this option with you.
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