How to Choose and Install Walkways

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Walkways, cycling routes, and path infrastructure  you move between areas of your property. They can define and delineate spaces, connect and unify them, create focal points and serve as the primary means of access to features such as a garden or pool. They can also add to the curb appeal of your home, as well as increase your property’s value.

Before you decide on the material for your walkway, consider how it will be used. For example, if it will connect a driveway to your house or backyard pool, it should be durable enough to withstand regular use. If you have children or elderly people in your family, you may want to choose a material that is more cushioned to absorb impact.

Once you’ve selected a material, take into account the required installation procedures and maintenance costs. Your landscape contractor can advise you on this. For instance, some materials require a sealer to protect against stains and freezing temperatures.

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The width of your walkway is also important. A primary residential walkway should be at least 24” wide to allow two people to walk side by side comfortably. It should not slope more than 2%, as any slope greater than this can become dangerous when covered in ice.

If your walkway is bordered by grass, mulch or gravel, a metal edging can keep the materials from spilling over onto the sidewalk. Brick or stone edging are more attractive, but they’re more expensive and more labor intensive to install. There are also newer types of edging that look like random pieces of tumbled stone for an attractive, low-cost alternative.


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