Things to Think about Before you Install a New Sidewalk

What’s more inviting than a well-placed sidewalk leading directly to your door?  Though most neighborhoods have walkways already positioned, you can add your own outdoor feature to enhance the character of your home and make it stand out from the rest.  Not to mention, it will boost all of the other work you’ve put into your property.  Before you get started, though, there are a few things you should consider.

Think about where you want to put it.

Obvious choices could be paths that are already worn into your landscaping, or ones that connect popular places throughout the property.  For example, you may have one leading up to your front door and then another between your back door and shed.  Now, this is the easy part; the hard part comes when you start to consider your landscape itself.

Do you live in a hilly area?  Or amidst rocky terrain?  How much rain do you get?  Is drainage an issue?  These are all things you have to factor in before you start such a project, if you don’t want to end up wasting time and money.  For the answers to these questions, it may be best to consult a professional with some experience installing sidewalks.  After all, where you’d like to put the walkway may or may not be realistic.  But that’s something you need to know before you begin.

Think about what you want it to look like.

Do you prefer a more rustic feel to match your country-style or cabin-like home?  If so, gravel could be a good low-cost option for you.  You can coordinate with a gravel driveway, and add design elements like a wooden border to keep the stones in place while tying it to your house.

For a cleaner, more modern look that complements new construction well, try a concrete walkway.  Not only is it the easiest option from a maintenance standpoint, but also it’s usually the most cost efficient.  You can always add some texture during installation if you want more flair than the traditional concrete look.  But, once it’s in, an occasional power washing should be all you need to keep it looking new, year after year.

If neither of these is quite your style, you can always go for pavers or stepping stones to allow for a more customized appearance.  With all of the different colors and styles available, you can match virtually any home style.  This is also a more casual approach that lets you replace specific stones or switch up the pattern much more easily.

Fortunately, whatever option you choose, we can help you plan and install!  Whether you’re trying to boost your curb appeal from a seller’s standpoint or enhance your entertaining space, allow us to take care of all of your outdoor projects.  Call for a free estimate today!

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