Front Walkway Ideas
We get a lot of requests from Calgary homeowners for front walkway installations for their landscaping. There are many good options for front walkways and some may be better than others depending on what your landscaping allows. Let’s have a good look at what out there and what may work best for your front yard walkway.
Concrete blocks may not be the most attractive material to use for your front walkway but they are likely the least expensive option. Most households have concrete blocks for walkways. You can see them all over Calgary. The concrete blocks are typically 24" x 30" and are often installed right onto the dirt, sand or a crushed gravel base. Older homes in Calgary were built with these blocks being used for both front and back walkways. This material may be inexpensive but it is also know to settle, shift and create tripping hazards.
Broomed, exposed or stamped concrete.
Concrete walkways are very popular and come in a variety of materials including broomed, exposed aggregate or stamped. Broomed concrete is what you see on city sidewalks. The look is quite plain but it is the least expensive option and therefore makes a good choice for homeowners who are on a strict budget. Keep in mind, the front walkway can make or break your curb appeal and it is one of the first things people see when they visit your home. Exposed aggregate walkways can add curb appeal to your front yard landscaping and you can order the aggregate in several colors but typically most homeowners choose tan or charcoal. Exposed aggregate is more expensive than broomed concrete but looks substantially more attractive. Some homeowners are concerned about the aggregate being hard to shovel but not to worry; it shovels quite well and shouldn't cause you any issues in winter time. Stamped concrete is a very popular option with homeowners. Stamped concrete is made to look like flagstone or paving stones and the look can be quite stunning if it is install properly. Once concern with the stamped and dyed concrete is that the die can fade after a few years and the color can look unnatural. Concrete walkways all run the risk of cracking. Calgary's freeze and thaw climate can create heaving and eventually cause your concrete to crack.
Exposed aggregate walkway
Paving stone walkways.
Paving stones are an excellent choice for your front yard landscaping and add beauty and class to any front entrance. There are literally hundreds of paving stone options to choose from and they come in a multitude of colors, shapes and sizes. Paving stones don't run the risk of cracking like concrete can and if you do happen to get some settling or heaving in your walkway, the stones can be easily adjusted and re-leveled. Paving stones are the most costly option for front yard walkways but the investment adds value to your property and you can't beat the curb appeal
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