by Dwayne Regehr
Each patio building material has strengths and weaknesses, but a clear winner usually emerges quickly as we work with a client on their design. Here is a primer of the options:
It's no surprise that most of our clients end up choosing concrete pavers. With proper installation, it's hard to go wrong: They look great and are very practical.
Poured concrete is just what you imagine and have seen the City of Winnipeg using on the majority of sidewalks. On patios, you'll also sometimes see stamped concrete, which is poured concrete that has been textured or embossed with a pattern, sometimes to mimic brick or tile.
But, there is a saying in the business: "There are two types of concrete: concrete that is cracked and concrete that is going to crack". So, here at Earthworks we don't deal with poured concrete at all. We have a 5-year guarantee on our hardscaped surfaces and concrete doesn't make the cut!
Winnipeg soil expands and contracts with changes in moisture content -- anything built on top will move seasonally. A large slab is guaranteed to crack over time.
The varied color and texture of natural stone can look incredible.
Local Manitoba limestone is a unique product we have right here in the province. For the same reason wine connoisseurs love to taste the distinct qualities of the environment grapes were grown in (the "terrior" of the grape), Manitoba stone on a Manitoba patio is a very stylish choice. Limestone has been used in some of the most iconic buildings and locations in Winnipeg.
Though certainly not the cheapest option, Slate can be absolutely striking.
Most natural stone options work great on patios but not so well for driveways. Natural stone often won't stand up to the weight of vehicles.
Whichever surface option you choose, Earthworks has a 5-year guarantee on all stonework. It'll be done right the first time. No hassles.
We love talking about this stuff, so give Dwayne a call, text or email with any questions!
This is our second time using Earthworks, Dwayne always gives you exactly what you want. Fast, efficient, and tidy service. The price quoted is the price invoiced, and the post project maintenanceRead more … is above and beyond. Piece of mind for the next 5 years, if something shifts they will fix it. I won't hesitate to call Dwayne for our next landscaping project.
Earthworks does a thoroughly professional job from the design stage forward through to the completed project. Super attention to both the look and function of the project, as well as prompt serviceRead more … at the quoted price, supported by a great warranty. Couldn't recommend more highly!
Looks great and he billed what he quoted! This was our second project with Earthworks and we would recommend them to anyone.
We've used Earthworks twice now, and have been incredibly pleased with both jobs. Highly recommended.