Nothing is so earthy, so beautiful and natural as a well executed mortared in place brick patio, terrace or walkway. In recent years the quality of installation has been dropping and major problems are arising that you should be aware of if you plan to have brick paving installed.
Why is brick paving so problematic? – This is an excellent question and this article will provide the answers to that question. It should be read carefully if you are thinking of hiring a mason to build you a mortared in place walkway, patio, porch, etc
As with most problems in masonry it usually comes down to two things; design and installation. Brick paving construction is probably the most susceptible to errors made by impatient or in-experienced installers and here’s why.
Since most brick paving is in close contact with the earth it is subject to the deteriorating power of the elements. If there is a substantial amount of moisture present in the region and temperatures fluctuations are frequent above and below freezing, the freeze-thaw cycle can have the most devastating effects especially.
The choice of the paving materials, the installer and the mortar is extremely important if you wish to get the most out of your paving dollars.
What is Curb Appeal?
Curb appeal is simply the value of one’s home as it appears from the curb. Notice I said the value of your home. To put it in simpler terms, what does your home look like from the street? That’s right, the value of your home does not start on the inside, but on the outside? The value of your home begins with the curb.
What do people see when they view your home from the curb? If you ever decide to sell your home, you will soon find out that your targeted customers will judge your house based on how it looks from the curb of your home. That means if you are trying to sell your home, you must first be able to sell it from the curb. You must start with your curb, and move inward.
How is Curb Appeal Effective?
When it comes to creating a residential development and that is curb appeal helps and maintains increases property value, Residential developers have found one thing to be true. Let me say that again. It helps and maintains increase property value.
Do you live in a neighborhood that requires certain covenants? Such as: a certain style of grass, a certain style of mailbox, a certain style fence. Maybe you have restrictions such as: no vehicles on the street, no motor homes in the driveway etc. This may seem a bit harsh considering you spent a pretty penny on your home and property and then the developer puts these harsh restrictions on what you can do and how you can do it. This may seem harsh, but in reality it is not. They have learned that in order for their property value to be enhanced and maintained that curb appeal is an essential characteristic of their development. It is essential to maintain curb appeal.
Because it does indeed maintain the value and enhance of your property, it is effective.