Garden walkways: which materials to choose
Have you ever thought of creating walkways for the garden? This is a solution that makes it possible to renew the green space not only from an aesthetic point of view but also from a functional point of view: it is necessary, however, to use suitable materials that can adapt to tastes and needs. The range of solutions available for anything else is very vast: porous tuffs, marbles, cobblestones, stones, sandstones, quartzite, blocks of profid, travertine, river pebbles, cubes, regular slabs. As they say, there is only the embarrassment of the choice: on the one hand the world of stones is variegated and fascinating, and therefore particularly rich; on the other hand, however, it makes the choice challenging, even more so if our knowledge is limited. On the market, moreover, there are often materials that, however intriguing, are not necessarily adequate to the needs, for example because they do not adapt to the surrounding environment and architecture, or because they are not able to support climatic exposure. If it is true that it is not obligatory to rely on the advice and work of an external firm, in short, it is equally true that in any case, before proceeding with the work, it is necessary to have sufficient knowledge, so as not to be guided solely by an aesthetically pleasing appearance or from a very affordable price.
Consider the initial budget
In short, to avoid focusing on materials that fall apart after the first winter because of the cold or because they are too porous to withstand ice, you need to make informed choices. Also because the problems are potentially endless: a very beautiful material could turn out to be slippery and dangerous at the first hint of rain, or heat up so much, on summer days, that it cannot be crossed with bare feet: and for a walk it would sound like a real and own mockery. Another aspect to be evaluated, in the design phase, is that relating to costs, in the sense that it is obligatory (it appears obvious but many times it is not) to come to terms with the budget available, to avoid having to leave the works due to lack incomplete of funds. If we are undecided about the creation of garden walkways, in any case, it is good to consider the fact that an initial economic investment, while representing a small sacrifice, also allows to increase the overall value of the house: in short, a green space well cared for and luxuriant, it certainly raises the price of the house in the eventuality in which we wanted to sell it.
As regards the choice of materials, the market - as mentioned - offers numerous solutions: one can find, for example, slabs with a regular surface, resistant and with different thicknesses, of natural materials such as cobblestone or gravel, or industrial materials such as majolica , terracotta, clay, ceramics (based on clay or cement based as needed); and still, there is no lack of tuff, quartzite, sandstone, natural stones, granite, beola, porphyry and marble.
Which companies to rely on
The companies that offer interesting solutions are a lot: for example, for the Roman tuff the Ceramica Omega is a guarantee, which provides a product suitable for outdoor and indoor environments, perfect for coverings and floors. Resistant to wear, Roman tuff is able to withstand even chemical attacks without difficulty; extremely hard, it is slip resistant and easy to clean. For a porcelain stoneware of remarkable appearance and of equally high technical quality, it is possible to refer to the Manifattura Cotto Tusconia, which with the Toscoker proposes a beautiful and time-resistant material, able to perfectly preserve itself over the years, obtained with the best kaolins and with selected clays. Klinker Sire produces, instead, anti-slip, unalterable, resistant floors, able to adapt to any environment, be it shops, terraces, dwellings, arcades, staircases, city squares, in natural and warm tones. At Kerma there are versatile coverings made with a mixture of lightened cement and ground stones: they can be glued on already existing surfaces in order to recreate the effect of paved floors and stone walls. Whoever is looking for finishing elements for floors and walls, in any case, can also opt for the Pietre d'Arredo solutions, artificially recomposed and obtained from mixtures of specific binders with different pigmentations. The walkways of this company ensure a decidedly high resistance to atmospheric agents, with colors and physical characteristics destined not to change over time. In conclusion, it is worth mentioning the products of Atlas Concorde, specialized in the production of porcelain and single-fired stoneware floors, distinguishing between glazed, mass-colored or technical porcelain stoneware: all three can be cleaned very easily, and consequently they are indicated, among the top, for use in residential contexts.
Garden walkways: How to make the choice
In short, the creation of garden walkways requires you to choose from a wide range of available materials: a selection that cannot disregard individual needs, as well as economic availability and personal aesthetic criteria.