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By: UNIQUE PAVERS DESIGN | Created 03/20/2020

Types of Pavers and Where To Install Them

Pavers are a unique and smart decor option for several areas throughout the exterior of your home. After installation, they quickly boost your home’s value. They are easy to maintain and cost less to fix compared to poured concrete or asphalt. But you should not use certain pavers for certain projects.

We offer many different design and project options. We create driveways, home front accents, pool decks, fire pits, and more. You can view our photo gallery here! It is important to note that not all pavers are the same. We do not use the same type or size for all our projects. Different areas and designs call for different types of pavers.

There are three main types of pavers. Those types are natural stone, brick, and concrete. There are many different types of stone, brick, and concrete to choose from. In this blog, we are going to look at each type and talk about which pavers are best for your project.

NATURAL STONE PAVERS

Natural stone is a broad term. This is any stone that is not man made. If you can find it existing somewhere in nature on its own, it’s a natural stone. Common natural stone options include marble, granite, slate, travertine, limestone, fieldstone, and flagstone. Marble, granite, and travertine are more often used as interior tiles or countertops. Pavers are usually made out of the stronger natural stones. These are limestone, fieldstone, and flagstone. In this list, limestone is the strongest. Fieldstone and Flagstone are the most common.

Even though limestone is the strongest, we still do not recommend using it in high traffic areas. Natural stone can break under too much pressure. This means natural stone is not ideal for main walkways, driveways, or pool decks.

Stone is very easy to maintain. It needs no more than regular sweeping and rinsing. Naturally sourced stone can hold on to moisture. This makes this type of paver prone to freezing over in the winter. Freezing can create cracks in your beautiful stone. Homeowners in locations with brutal winters may want to consider another material to use in their design.

The colors in natural stone do not fade over time. No matter how much sun exposure they get, they keep their original shine. But, without regular maintenance, they can develop mold or mildew. This leads to a slippery surface on the stone.

Luckily, the upkeep for stone is easy. Complications are easy to avoid, though. We, at Unique Paver Designs, are experts in proper placement, installation, and upkeep!

WHERE TO INSTALL NATURAL STONE PAVERS

Natural stones are best for areas that do not get a lot of wear and tear. Limestone is best used for edging projects. For instance, lining a garden bed to keep soil and mulch tidy. Stone edging also allows for good drainage for your bed. Excess water can escape through the stone while keeping mud in.

Stone is a good companion paver to concrete. Place stone at the edge of a concrete project to help with water drainage.

Natural stone can also be a pleasing addition to any home front.

Natural stone pavers also tend to be bigger. This makes them ideal for a whimsical stepping stone path. They can make a beautiful accent walkway in your yard. Just be sure to sweep and rinse them regularly to avoid slippery stones.

BRICK PAVERS

On to our second material, brick. Brick was once a common building element. Over time, its popularity for buildings has dwindled. But brick is still an excellent material to use.

When we talk about brick it is important to clarify what that means. Brick pavers are often not traditional brick. Clay or a concrete aggregate mix poured into a mold makes brick pavers. Construction aggregate is many small pieces of material. Types of aggregate are gravel, sand, and crushed stone. Its purpose in concrete mixes is to add stability, volume, and strength. Dye is also added to the mixes. This helps them look more like a traditional brick. It allows for a greater color selection than traditional brick, though. There are also a variety of textures for added curb appeal.

Brick tends to fade a bit over time. To prevent this, ask us about sealing your brick project. Sealing is essential to preserving their lifespan. Brick pavers need sealing after every clean.

WHERE TO INSTALL BRICK PAVERS

Brick pavers are quite strong. This makes them ideal for driveways. Compared to stone, brick is much more durable under pressure. It can withstand the weight of more than one car without breaking. It is also stain resistant. So, this means you can stress less about oil stains on your driveway.

Brick is also an excellent choice for patios. Pop a grill on top of your brick patio! You can rest assured that any grease, propane, or charcoal will not stain your design. Sealing your brick helps make it, even more, stain resistant.

Brick will last a long time. On average, it lasts around 25 years. This makes brick a good choice for projects you need to last a long time. They also cost less than stone.

CONCRETE PAVERS

Finally, we come to the last of the three main types. Concrete is a versatile material. Like brick, concrete pavers are created in a mold. They come in a large variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Often, manufacturers dye the concrete to look like brick or stone.

There are two types of concrete pavers, architectural slab, and interlocking. Architectural slab pavers are thinner. This is the more aesthetic option when it comes to concrete. Slab concrete pavers are the type that look like stone or brick. But because they are thinner, they are a bit weaker. This makes them less ideal for a driveway.

Interlocking concrete pavers are thick chunks of concrete. They fit into each other perfectly. Think about it as a concrete puzzle.

Texture is another feature that concrete offers. Stamped pavers mimic the appearance of stamped concrete floors. But stamped concrete costs less than a large area of poured concrete.

Concrete pavers are very strong and the least prone to breaking. They are also very durable. But you have to seal them. Sealing concrete helps prevent stains and fading. We recommend sealing your concrete every two years.

WHERE TO INSTALL CONCRETE PAVERS

Concrete pavers are a good choice for almost any hardscape project. Placement of your pavers will determine if we decide to use slab or interlocking.

Slab concrete pavers are perfect for a natural look with a smaller price tag. These are great for patios, walkways, pool decks, or fire pits.

Interlocking concrete pavers are better for driveways. They are also the better choice for any area you want to have perfect edges.

WE CAN HELP!

Whatever your dream project may be, give us a call at 239-303-4450 today! Let us help you design your perfect project! Together, we can decide what design and material is best for your project.

For more information on our services, call us or connect with us on Facebook or Instagram! We would be happy to install your pool deck, driveway, fire pit, patio, and more!

By: ALUMICENTER | Created 03/20/2020

Enjoying the great outdoors is a wonderful way to get outside and spend time with nature, family, and friends.

When it comes to your patio cover, there’s no shortage of materials and styles to choose from.

Aluminum patio covers offer you a wide range of benefits along with beauty, durability, and versatile style. Read on to discover why these patio covers are the best choice when it comes to enhancing your favorite outdoor space.

The Advantages of Aluminum Patio Covers:

There are several fantastic benefits to choosing an aluminum patio cover over other materials. This versatile metal can block the rays of the sun, keeping you cool and comfortable with plenty of shade from those hot and harmful UV rays.

Aluminum is a great way to keep you cool and comfortable while still allowing for ample ventilation to ensure proper airflow. It works well in the summer to keep you shaded and cool, and it’s also great in the winter as it helps the sun to warm your home naturally.

Aside from getting plenty of shade while you’re outdoors, aluminum patio covers will keep your patio space safe from the elements. These covers are highly durable and can keep your valuable items like patio furniture and decor from getting damaged due to too much exposure to rain and snow.

Another benefit to choosing aluminum is its ultra-simple and easy maintenance. You won’t need to take the cover down during the winter since aluminum can handle plenty of wear and tear. Fabric covers can stretch and tear, resulting in the need to replace them and costing you more money in the long run.

You also won’t need to worry about staining and sealing aluminum patio covers. Aluminum is also unaffected by humidity and exposure to water which means your patio cover will last for years to come. This material also holds its color well and won’t fade after exposure to sunlight.

Aluminum also does not attract pests and will not rot like wood and other materials can. You can also customize your patio cover to make it unique to you. Choose from a range of sizes, designs, and colors to create a customized cover that can shade your porch, patio, or deck in style.

By: FABRITECH | Created 03/20/2020

A pool cage is any structure that is enclosed with the use of screens on more than one side. It can be attached or unattached to your humble abode. It is not constructed and covered by the same materials used in the dwelling of where you live.

A pool cage design Marco Island is the one of the best and ideal retreats from the hot sun in Florida. Your pool is the natural gathering spot for friends and family for the whole year of enjoyment.

Investment of a pool cage design Bonita Springs with a quality of aluminum pool enclosure. Pool cage design keeps dirt, debris and bugs from getting inside your pool. Safety elements are included —keeping wandering kids and pets from getting into risky situations such as slipping or falling down.

When it comes to pool cage Naples, there is no option which one-size-fits-all. There are some factors on how you are going to determine the perfect pool design for your home and ensures that your budget, lifestyle and personal preferences will be achieved. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Surrounding Inspection

-this is one of the wisest things to do when you are around the area:  inspect the surroundings. You are going to do this before beginning any of  your property enhancement. Pool cage designs Fort Myers might need some removal of plant and garden decorations to give space for the new structure. When adding a pool enclosure, you might want a friendly notification to your neighbors to avoid any issues.

2Quality materials is a must 

 Pool Cage Design Cape Coral must provide enjoyment outdoors for years to come. High-quality aluminum is water and rust resistant. Furthermore, the aluminum is chip and very resistant to scratches. Pool  Time is fun and very relaxing. You don’t need to worry about a minor accident that will damage your enclosure.

We have the best screen options to match every buyer’s budget. Pool Cage Design Port Charlotte has a fiberglass mesh screens that keeps bugs, dirt and debris out of your sight. Because of the safety this pool cage design gives, you’ll have plenty of sun and fresh air to breathe and feel. High-quality enclosure materials can also help with your pool’s climate. Control simply by using nature together with protection and privacy.

Pool Cage Design North Port also lets you save time and money on pool heating and maintenance.

3Know the Maintenance Involved 

-proper maintenance is the key to longevity and integrity of any Pool cage  design Venice. Regular inspections of the pool cage design keep you from spending a lot of money.  Customers praise our work and the products durability consistently and  because of its high-quality and long-lasting materials. If you are from Estero,

Pool cage design Estero has team members that are always glad to answer your queries and address any of your concerns related to pool  enclosures that will give you peace of mind.

4. Ask the experts

-it is a fact the aluminum pool cage design Punta Gorda adds value and interest in any properties. Fabri-tech agrees that pools are a big improvement when it comes to selling potential. Furthermore, most insurance companies gives discounts for homeowners with pool cage design Lehigh Acres

Our friendly and knowledgeable team members are always on the hand to answer any questions and offer valuable advice on different kinds of property enhancement solutions.

Contact us at 1-800-281-1289 or 239-772-9825 today for a free consultation. Our team will be happy to come to your home and business wherever in Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, North Port, Venice, Estero, Punta Gorda or Lehigh Acres. You may also reach us through our website: http://bit.ly/fabritechscreens-contact

By: ALUMICENTER | Created 03/20/2020

Spending time outside is a great way to entertain and to enjoy the warmer weather. No matter how large your yard or patio is, there are several things you can do to get more from the available space you have.

When you install aluminum patio covers, you can choose the size to accommodate your yard or have it extend even further than the existing patio. This will give you more shade and extra room for things like outdoor dining tables, chairs, conversation sets, and of course your grill.

You can also opt to have an aluminum cover installed over an outdoor kitchen. The extra shade will make it much more comfortable for you to prep and cook meals for your family and your guests. Of course, a patio cover is just one way you can increase the amount of outdoor space you have.

Tips for Your Yard and Patio.

You can make the most of your outdoor area by installing a new aluminum patio cover. Here are some other helpful hints that will allow you to get more usable space from an outdoor living area:

  • Install stone or concrete pavers to create a comfortable “floor” or walkway for the outside that will make it easier to walk, place furniture, and just enjoy the outdoors.
  • Use comfortable outdoor furniture that doubles as storage, such as a large bench with a flip-top lid. This gives you a place to stash extra items and keep them out of the way to make more room for enjoying the outside.
  • Designate a large seating area by adding a big outdoor dining table. A large table gives you plenty of room to sit down food and drinks, and it’s also easier to accommodate lots of guests at once together in one location for dining and entertaining.
  • Choose a lighter-colored aluminum patio cover that will give the illusion of a larger yard or patio. These lighter shades will also be cooler and won’t absorb the heat of the sun.
  • Create a center focal point with an outdoor fire pit or fireplace that will serve as the centerpiece of your patio. Position furniture around the fire pit so you can customize the outdoor living space and place everything around the fire feature.
  • Instead of individual lawn chairs, add roomy furniture like an outdoor couch that can seat three or more people together. This ensures that you’ll get the most available seating from the space you have.
  • Replace a standard back door with a large sliding glass door you can leave open to create a nice, smooth flow from the inside to the outside.

These are just a few ideas to help you get inspired to create your own unique outdoor living space. Combine a few different things to ensure that you’re getting the most livable outdoor space possible for relaxing and entertaining.

By: SCREEN MOBILE | Created 03/18/2020
Screenmobile knows that your home is the place where all of your best memories live. We also know that perhaps your window screens and door screens are not something that you might regularly think of. But with our help, you can invite the outdoors in and create a space where your family can share laughter, adventure and even more memories together.
Our new video showcases window screens, sliding doors and porch enclosures. All of these products can have an impact on the space you share with your family. After all, without the enclosure, the family in our video would have had a quite a difficult time celebrating outdoors!
Because we know how important even the littlest moments are, Screenmobile is dedicated to providing the best solutions for your home from start to finish. We provide our consumers with stress-free screen installation so that you can focus on what really matters. You can be confident in our custom solutions for your budget and home design, as well as the competent service technicians who provide the service. 
Screenmobile proudly offers screen repair services, porch enclosure installation, custom window and door screens, and much more. We'll be there for you every step of the way, from the initial call to the service and beyond.
Find a location near you to get a free estimate today: www.screenmobile.com/locations.
By: ROSS SERVICES | Created 03/18/2020

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard pool, you know how fun and relaxing it can be.

But when your pool begins to age, it can become anything but a relaxing space. With old, deteriorating parts comes the risk of injuries and extensive damage to your home.

Upgrading to a brand new pool comes with a range of incredible benefits. From increased home value to the joy of creating your own space, it’s a decision that you won’t soon forget.

Keep reading as we break down the five best benefits that you’ll enjoy when you choose pool remodeling Boca Raton.

1. Increase Energy Efficiency

Your old, out-dated swimming pool could be costing you far more money than you realize.

That’s because old pool pumps, generators, and heaters are far less energy efficient than newer versions. Even if they were more energy efficient when those parts were new, over time they will become less efficient.

Besides just paying extra for energy costs, if your pool has any leaks or if it allows water to seep out in any way, you’re also paying more than you need to in order to keep your pool full so that you can enjoy it.

Upgrading your backyard with a brand new pool project can give you an energy efficient, high-functioning pool that will help you save money.

With so many options on the market today for ways to keep your pool efficient, you’ll have tons of choices to pick from.

Invest in a solar heating system to drastically cut the costs of warming your pool for use. Mix in the use of energy-driven heaters with state-of-the-art covers and even floats designed to use only the sun to warm the water.

You can even get efficient, low-cost gas heaters to keep your pool warm.

2. Improve Your Home’s Value

Even if you currently don’t have plans to sell your home, upgrading your backyard with a pool remodeling Boca Raton project can be a great way to improve your home’s value.

While in some parts of the country, housing experts advise that homeowners will never recover the costs of installing a pool when they go to sell their home, Florida is a different story.

In warm, sunny Florida, pools are the norm. In fact, in some neighborhoods, you may have trouble selling your home if it doesn’t have a pool.

Upgrading to a luxurious, modern pool and creating a beautiful space around it can be a huge boost to your home’s value.

3. Meet Your Current Needs

The pool that you have in your backyard now is likely not the pool of your dreams.

Maybe you moved into the home and the pool came with it. Or you installed the pool when your kids were young, and now they’ve grown.

Whatever the case, the odds that you would install the exact same pool in the exact same way today are slim.

Designing a new pool now allows you to create the pool and space that fits your current wants and needs.

Maybe you no longer need a family-friendly pool with zero-entry or a diving board. Or perhaps you’re dreaming of having space around your pool for hosting backyard parties.

Your dream pool could be an oasis, with a waterfall and beautiful tiles, rather than the out-dated above-ground that you have now.

Designing and installing a new pool means choosing exactly what you want and don’t want. The end product will be a space that is functional and perfect for your current lifestyle.

4. Make Your Pool Safer

If your current pool is outdated and deteriorating, it could actually be putting you and your family at risk.

Chipped tiles can cause trips or other injuries. Deteriorating side walls can be unsafe to hold onto. Outdated steps can be sharp and lead to cuts.

While you could patch some of these problems, they are likely to come back.

If your pool is a place where neighborhood kids gather, your children play, or where you host friends, you could be putting all of them at risk.

With a pool remodeling Boca Raton project, you’ll get a fresh, modern space that is completely safe. You’ll get the chance to enjoy your space without worrying about any damage or risk of injuries.

Your pool should be a place for relaxation and fun. Don’t spend your free time worrying about what could go wrong.

5. Avoid Costly Problems Later On

If your pool is deteriorating, the problems are likely just beginning.

Leaving the issues unaddressed will only cause them to worsen. You could be causing permanent damage to your home or property as a result.

If the lining of your pool is old, it could be leaking water into the ground around your pool. If the pool is located close to your home, this could mean flooding around your foundation or even into your home.

If you have an above-ground pool that is falling apart, it could eventually break, spilling water into your backyard. This can flood basements, ruin grills or patio furniture, and more.

Stopping these issues before they can cause serious, expensive damage requires immediate action. Professionals who specialize in pool service can help you get rid of your old pool safely. Then we’ll help you upgrade to a new, safe pool that you’ll get to enjoy without fear for years to come.

Start Your Pool Remodeling Boca Raton Project Today

If you’ve got an old, outdated, ugly, or unsafe pool in your backyard, it’s time to take action.

Don’t wait until someone gets hurt or your pool causes major damage to your home or property. Instead, take action, and get the pool and backyard of your dreams today with pool remodeling Boca Raton.

If you’re ready to start designing and installing the pool of your dreams in your backyard, contact us today. We’ll help bring your dreams to reality, and give you a beautiful pool that you and your family will be able to enjoy for years to come!

By: THE PATIO DISTRICT | Created 06/13/2019

We often hear this saying as we plan to upgrade and renovate with little in our wallets. Truly, while remodeling a patio on a tight budget seems challenging, it’s certainly a feasible goal for the enthusiastic homeowner. With efficiency in mind and a focus on long-term investment, we’ve provided 5 ways of remodeling your patio with a tight budget.

 

  1. Accessorize with simple elements. – You can enhance your patio’s appearance with budget-friendly resourcefulness. Consider creating a winding path leading to your patio. You don’t need a paver or resin-covered cobblestones. Rather, create a design with plastic stakes and spread crushed rock along your “stencil.” For a polished look, flatten the rock with compacting tools readily rentable at your local landscaping store.
  2. Add color to your patio surface. – You may own a patio composed of simple, gray concrete and desire to add warmth and pizzazz. This doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars, thanks to stains available in multiple colors, including burgundy, beige, honey, and more. Even using a common sealant to cover your patio with decorative tiles goes a long way on a frugal budget.
  3. Peruse your thrift store for quaint figurines. – Goodwill and other thrift stores offer abundant figurines of various sizes at minimal prices. Keeping space in mind, establish a theme or color scheme and arrange these bargain finds in a way that brings out the most in surrounding hues and textures.
  4. Go bold with boulders. – Especially for backyards with considerable space, boulders add dimension and a strong border for your patio. You may find boulders at supply stores, or perhaps you have a neighbor seeking to minimize his or her rock collection. Be creative as you arrange your boulders. Fully align them around the patio, or settle for one side for an asymmetrical feel. Cluster them in a corner with a figurine or two.

For homeowners on a tight budget, options for remodeling your patio remain bountiful and open-ended. For more advice on making the most of your remodeling projects, contact us today!

 

By: THE PATIO DISTRICT | Created 06/13/2019

Creating shade for your patio is an excellent idea when you want to reduce excessive heat and heat radiation from the sun. By doing so, you’ll also protect and extend your outdoor furniture’s lifespan from sun damage. And the great thing is, you can easily add and blend shade into your home design and decor of the patio. Here are three easy ways to create shade for your patio:

Retractable

Retractable shades are easy to install, and they mount to your home’s exterior wall or roofline to extend and provide coverage to patio. For additional coverage, other features are available to make that happen.

Whether you choose to have a retractable awning or retractable canopy, the shade provides instant relief from the sun’s heat. The shades are easy to roll up, so there is no need to take it down. With this smooth retraction, you can protect the shade from inclement weather, as weather can wear down the shade.

Retractable shades come motorized or manual. A motorized option is more convenient but also more expensive. However, some motorized options have sensors that detect rain and retracts on its own when you’re not around to roll it up and perhaps is worth the investment.

Pergolas

Pergola structures blend in naturally to your home and patio, but it only provides partial shade protection. However, with additional features, shade enhancements are possible. This type of shade enables creative ways to add sun protection by installing shelter directly on top of the pergola. The following are different cover options to add to the top of the pergola for additional shade:

  • lattice panel
  • retractable canopies
  • plant vines
  • reeds and leaves
  • foliage
  • bamboo or branches
  • curtains for the side

Arcadia Louvered Roof

The arcadia louvered roof covers and sits similar to a pergola; however, it is more advanced. With many different designs and colors available, this type of shade can blend in seamlessly with your patio and house. The advantage of the Arcadia is that the louvered roof adjusts to control the environment: sun, snow, wind, rain. It is durable and can withstand extreme weather.

Pivots on the roof provide ventilation if you want shade at the same time. And the roof slides open or close, depending on what you desire. Another important feature of the Arcadia is that it is self-sustaining as it is solar panel charged. It runs independently from your home’s electricity.

Bottom line, these three shade options provide coverage for your patio. Each kind is an easy installment and an excellent investment to enhance your patio. Best of all, shade provides comfort while you relax and entertain in your outdoor living space. All you have to do is decide on the one that is best suited for your outdoor environment.

To create shade for your patio, contact us. We offer comfortable and luxury design to meet your outdoor living space desires. Tell us what you need, and we can help your vision be a reality

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