Paving Stones Projects Shared by Neighbors-Palo Alto
Installing a Dual Paving Stone Driveway
This project, located at Greer Street in Palo Alto, CA is a combination of a paver patio and a dual paving stone driveway that the neighbors share. In an attempt to find something that complemented both homes and was also affordable compared to other paving stones, we chose the Calstone Mission stone and the color is a nice grey, charcoal, tan. Paving stones in Palo Alto have been very popular for quite some time now.
The tricky part of this project was to get both homeowners to pick a paving stone for their driveways that they both liked. This is a shared driveway that needed repair and both homeowners had been thinking about replacing it.
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Fixing the Pool Deck and Patio
One of the homeowners had a pool deck and patio that was in really bad shape and once she decided to replace the lifting concrete with pavers, it started a discussion with the neighbor and that began this particular paver stone driveway project.
Choosing Paver Colors to Coordinate with the Two Homes
Choosing the right style and colored paving stones is crucial and in this case both houses are different colors. Finding something that would work for both of them was the major step in this project.
The colors grey and charcoal work well for white houses and warmer tones work well with brown or cream color houses. Luckily, Calstone came out with a new color scheme adding the tan color to their existing and quite popular grey, charcoal.
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Polymeric Sand vs Paver Sealing
Paving Stone driveways and paving stone patios in Palo Alto are viewed as a green alternative to concrete and this brings up questions regarding polymeric sand and sealer.
Polymeric sand is a joint locking sand that, once installed, is more or less like grout between tile. Sealer also locks in sand; however, it is just temporary. If done correctly, the first coat/layer is a flood coat that gets the sealer down between the joints of the pavers and helps lock it in. The sealer does dissipate over time and inadvertently losses the sand, which will then wash out.
Using Polymeric Sand and a Paver Sealer
Often times, polymeric sand and sealer are used together. The polymeric sand locks in for years and will remain even after the sealer fades away. This is a great combination because the sand will help prevent weeds from growing in between the pavers and for certain types of paving stones, also helps with keeping the stones close together.
The paver sealer will also help protect the surface of the paving stones and, depending on which type of sealer, create a richer look that brings out the colors.
Some people and certain cities like the fact that some rain water will run between the pavers and work its way down to the soil. This will happen if polymeric sand and or sealer are not used.
We can help you decide whether to use regular sand or polymeric sand and if you should seal the pavers.
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